“To our knowledge, the cable, satellite and over-the-top companies that disseminate these media outlets to American viewers have done nothing in response to the misinformation aired by these outlets,” two Democratic representatives from California, Anna G. Eshoo and Jerry McNerney, wrote within the letter, which was reviewed by The New York Times.
Newsmax, a right-wing cable channel carried by AT&T, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Dish and Verizon, had a surge in scores in November due to packages that embraced Mr. Trump’s claims of voter fraud. One America News Network, a right-wing outlet carried by AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon, additionally promoted the false concept.
Fox News, the most-watched cable information community, which is out there from all main carriers, was one in every of 5 defendants in a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit filed this month by the election expertise firm Smartmatic. In the swimsuit, the corporate accused Fox News; its guardian firm, Fox Corporation; three Fox anchors; and two frequent Fox visitors of selling false claims in regards to the election and Smartmatic’s position in it. (Fox has denied the claims and filed a motion to dismiss the swimsuit.)
Congress can increase the difficulty of whether or not cable suppliers bear duty for the packages they ship to hundreds of thousands of Americans, however it could haven’t any solution to drive them to drop networks which have unfold misinformation. And not like broadcast stations, cable channels don’t have licenses which are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission.
The lawmakers’ letter asks the businesses, “What steps did you take prior to, on and following the Nov. 3, 2020, elections and the Jan. 6, 2021, attacks to monitor, respond to and reduce the spread of disinformation, including encouragement or incitement of violence by channels your company disseminates to millions of Americans?”