To the OP:
Of course AT&T did not buy DIRECTV with the intent to destroy it. That's perhaps the most asinine thing you could have gathered from any of the posts in favor of DTV. But, destroy it they did. Unintentionally, sure, but through their mis-management, arrogance, short-sightedness, lack of understanding of the business, and complete and utter disregard for the culture at DTV, the employees, or the customers.
And that's what you get wrong. This "revisionist history" you cry about doesn't exist. DTV simply WAS a better company in terms of how it was run, how it treated customer, how it treated employees, how it planned for the future, how it reacted to the present, and how it was on a day-to-day basis. That's why legacy DTV employees keep talking about the good old days. Not because DTV was some perfect product or perfect company, but because it was when compared with T.
And yes, while the entire pay-tv industry started seeing a decline around the same time, DTVs decline was ACCELERATED by T's mismanagement, heavy-handed rule, lack of even the slightest concern about employees, and enormous arrogance. Putting Stankey in charge was basically injecting a poison into the service that sped up everything bad.
If you can't see that, it may be because you just don't know anything about DTV pre-merger. Fair enough. But you coming here, telling everyone who WAS with DTV before that they are wrong for recognizing how HORRIBLE everything is now is a perfect example of that T arrogance and disdain.
Again, DTV was certainly not a perfectly run company with perfect service and perfect employee relations. Unless it is compared to T, in which case DTV was pure nirvana wrapped in heaven inside of valhalla.
So yeah, your whinging about 'revisionist history' is a steaming pile of [email protected] from someone who has no idea what it was actually like. Time for you to face the facts: T is a cancer spreader. They destroy what they acquire not because they want to, but because of their blind hubirs and horrible management.
It's a simple fact. DTV was much better off before T. DTV almost certainly would be in a better position today without T. And DTV was leaps and bounds a better place to work than T. That's truth. Whether you accept it or not is all on you.