The self-styled news network supporting Pres. Trump's call to reopen the economy, despite the health risks, is run by a man who once offered $1 million to prevent a vegetative woman from being taken off life support.
One America News (OAN) has drawn attention for its unflinching support of Pres. Trump, including his recent message that the economy should reopen even if that leads to some otherwise avoidable deaths.
On April 20, for instance, OAN host Graham Ledger referred to 540 deaths in California as "a rounding error."
Ledger later called stay-at-home orders a "conspiracy."
But OAN's founder and owner, Robert Herring, has previously considered even one life worth taking extreme measures to save.
Specifically, in 2005, Herring thought just the possibility of saving the life of Terri Schiavo to be worth $1 million of his own money. Schiavo had been in a vegetative state for 15 years. She became a right-wing cause celebre due to the court battle between her husband, who wanted to remove her feeding tube, and her parents.
Herring, who would later create OAN, issued a press release offering the husband, Michael Schiavo, $1 million to give Terri's parents legal control. His lawyer, Gloria Allred, said that Herring, "wonders why there is a rush to death, especially in view of the advances being made in medical research."
OAN has recently denied that it is selling off a stake in the company to investors including Donald Trump, Jr.