Netflix Won’t ‘Speak Truth to Power,’ but HBO Just Did

All Netflix had to do to continue inadvertently winning the streaming wars was keep its head down and not make headlines. Newcomers Disney+ and Apple TV+ were doing a fine job tripping over their own feet en route to their respective launches, making the original streaming giant look like a paragon of digital media in the process.

But Netflix CEO Reed Hastings had to go and muck it all up.

While speaking at a New York Times DealBook event last week, Hastings defended the company’s decision to pull an episode of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” from its service in Saudi Arabia, explaining, “We’re not trying to do ‘truth to power.’ We’re trying to entertain.”

The December 2018 move from Netflix came after a request from the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission on the grounds that the episode in question violated the kingdom’s cyber-crime laws. What
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