Assignments that the elder Mr. Herring takes a particular curiosity in are recognized amongst OAN workers as “H tales,” a number of present and former workers mentioned. The day after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Mr. Herring instructed OAN workers in an e-mail, which The New York Instances reviewed, to “report all of the issues Antifa did yesterday.”
Some “H tales” are reported by Kristian Rouz, an OAN correspondent who had written for Sputnik, a web site backed by the Russian authorities. In a report in Could on the pandemic, Mr. Rouz mentioned Covid-19 may need began as a “globalist conspiracy to determine sweeping inhabitants management,” one which had ties to Invoice and Hillary Clinton, the billionaires George Soros and Invoice Gates, and “the deep state.”
Ms. Britton, the previous OAN producer, recalled checking a web site that Mr. Rouz had cited to again a few of his reporting. “It actually took me to this chat room the place it’s simply conservatives commenting towards one another,” she mentioned.
In an e-mail to workers final month, Ms. Oakley, the information director, warned producers towards ignoring or taking part in down Mr. Rouz’s work. “His tales must be thought-about ‘H tales’ and handled as such,” she wrote within the e-mail, which The Instances reviewed. “These tales are sometimes slugged and copy-edited by ME as per Mr. H’s directions.”
OAN’s on-line viewers is important, with practically 1.5 million subscribers to its YouTube channel. One among its hottest movies, with about 1.5 million views because it went on-line Nov. 24, criticized Dominion Voting Methods, the election expertise firm whose gear was utilized in greater than two dozen states final yr, together with a number of gained by Mr. Trump. Hosted by the OAN White Home correspondent, Chanel Rion, the video exhibits a person who mentioned he had infiltrated Dominion and heard firm executives say they’d “be sure that” Mr. Trump misplaced.