Reports emerged over the weekend that RightNetwork, a new right-wing television and internet media venture, is set to be launched this summer to “entertain, engage and enlighten Americans who are looking for content that reflects and reinforces their perspective and worldview.” Actor Kelsey Grammer appears in a number of web videos promoting the network, complaining of “things that just aren’t right,” like “big government,” “more taxes,” “grown man tickle fights,” “trillion dollar deficits,” and “bureaucrats.”
RightNetwork also appears to have the backing of Ed Snider, chairman of Comcast Spectacor, a Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company and Comcast subsidiary. “RightNetwork will be the perfect platform to entertain, inform and connect with the American majority about what’s right in the world,” Snider says in the company overview.
In another video, a RightNetwork promoter, speaking at what seemed to be a Tea Party rally, explains who RightNetwork is marketing itself towards:
RightNetwork is going to be for people who work for a living, people who break their backs paying more than their fair share of taxes, for people who believe in this country and believe that we do not have to apologize to anyone. RightNetwork is for people that live in what they call “flyover country,” and what we call, “America.” RightNetwork, because what we’ve been seeing on TV, isn’t all of America.
Other videos on the company’s website promote right-wing comedy shows; a program called “Running” profiles six conservative first-time candidates for Congress; and, a show called “Poker and Politics” features right-wing media figure Andrew Breitbart.
Comcast is currently finalizing a deal to purchase NBC Universal. Late last year, Comcast VP David Cohen suggested the possibility that the company would launch a right-wing network to compete with Fox News, but added that Comcast “wouldn’t tamper with NBC or MSNBC’s operations.” Politico reports today that “RightNetwork has, in fact, pitched Comcast, but the company has yet to decide whether to pick it up.”
However, a Comcast official wrote on the company’s blog today that “we have no partnership” with RightNetwork and “have no plans to launch or distribute the network.”