Speculation that the conservative network might be another acquisition by the eccentric billionaire was originally fueled by a tweet from Robert Herring, CEO, Western Journal reported.
“We just received a call from somebody very close to [Musk] telling us that he would like to talk to us about purchasing [OANN],” Herring tweeted.
— Robert Herring (@RobHerring) June 9, 2022
Musk replied shortly after, clarifying the situation.
“Only Twitter,” he said.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 9, 2022
It’s not clear exactly what happened to lead Herring to believe Musk was going to purchase his network.
What do we think happened here? I’m thinking either OAN guy fell for a prankster or sent the tweet as part of some 5D chess move to get Musk interested in buying them. pic.twitter.com/PRjoz2ULEa
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) June 9, 2022
The Tesla mogul quickly let the air out of this “trial balloon.” https://t.co/vivOaoVV89
— HuffPost Women (@HuffPostWomen) June 9, 2022
“This is an action to redress the unchecked influence and power that Defendants have wielded in an attempt to unlawfully destroy an independent, family-run business and impede the right of American television viewers to watch the news media channels and programs of their choice,” Herring Networks alleged in a suit against AT&T, the parent company of DirecTV.