Progressive groups pressure TV networks to censor live Republican convention with a time-delay

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A collection of liberal groups complaining about the Republican National Convention are asking television networks to impose a time-delay on speeches so they can “actively correct disinformation.”

While fawning over the Democrats and their convention last week, many mainstream media outlets found fault with nearly all of those supporting President Trump in the GOP’s opening convention day in Charlotte, N.C. And as several major networks broke away from live coverage to educate viewers who apparently could not digest the speeches on their own, now groups are demanding an air delay to accommodate those efforts.

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Nine progressive groups signed off on a letter Monday to CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBCUniversal, and CBS asking for a one-minute time delay in airing the RNC so the speeches can be fact-checked in real-time, The Hill reported.

EMILY’s List PAC and Color of Change PAC, as well as UltraViolet Action, ACRONYM, BlackPAC and NARAL Pro-Choice America, were among the nearly one dozen groups urging the networks to take action.

“The best way to combat the spread of disinformation is to stop it at its source. By putting the Republican National Convention on a one-minute time delay, your network will be able to actively correct disinformation in real-time, and prevent the American people from being lied to on your airwaves,” the letter read, according to The Hill.

“The future of our country, our people and our democracy is at stake,” the groups added.

The GOP convention, warned Bridget Todd, a spokesperson for UltraViolet Action, would be a “disinformation cesspool filled with toxic misogyny, virulent racism, and flat out lies about the coronavirus pandemic.”

CNN and MSNBC, among others, found plenty of excuses to break away from the RNC’s first convention day airing, though there did not seem to be the same problems during last week’s DNC. CNN broke in several times on Monday to whine about one speaker or another while pretending it was a so-called “analysis.”

While many praised the speeches and videos for positive, pro-America vibes, CNN’s Jake Tapper declared that “we have yet to really hear much in terms of the positive, optimistic, hopeful message we were told.”

“We’re just going to jump in here for another second in terms of the President’s claims there, mostly about COVID but also the postal service. The President talking about his caring about the postal service, caring about postal workers and wanting to take care of them.”

Over at MSNBC, there was no fact-checking of the Democrats last week but on Monday, the network outrageously warned its viewers about Republicans lying and broke in to coverage at least six times. The network opted out of showing full speeches by Rep Matt Gaetz, Rep. Jim Jordan and even went to commercial break when bone cancer survivor Natalie Harp spoke about the “right to try.”

“We are broadcasting this by choice. However, it is our responsibility to not broadcast potentially dangerous misinformation, especially of the medical variety,” host Rachel Maddow announced.

“We’re just going to jump in here for another second in terms of the President’s claims there, mostly about COVID but also the postal service,” she interrupted at another point. “The President talking about his caring about the postal service, caring about postal workers and wanting to take care of them.”

CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale posted live fact-checks on Twitter and told Tapper the night was “a parade of dishonesty.”

“First night of the Republican National Convention features more dishonesty than four nights of DNC,” CNN’s  “Facts First” fact-checking blog declared.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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