Progressive groups are urging TV networks to delay airing parts of the GOP convention until they are able to fact-check the claims made by speakers.
“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,” read the letter dated Monday, signed by nine progressive groups, including an EMILY’s List PAC and Color of Change PAC. “The future of our country, our people and our democracy is at stake.”
Several major networks pulled away from speakers during the first night of the convention to fact-check claims made by speakers. CNN and MSNBC cut away from Patricia and Mark McCloskey, the couple that went viral after pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their house in St. Louis.
The networks clarified a claim the couple made about Democrats wanting to abolish the suburbs by ending single-family home zoning.
CNN and The New York Times have been running fact-checking pages on their digital platforms.
"I think it's important for objective journalists to note how wildly imbalanced the dishonesty is between the current parties. This one half-night of Republican programming so far has been exponentially more dishonest than the entire four nights of the Democratic convention," CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale tweeted.
In recent years some media outlets have opted out of airing White House press conferences or Trump campaign speeches live to avoid potentially airing misinformation.