The Internet & Television Association (NCTA) that represents major networks backed Fox News in a lawsuit that accused the network of posing a threat to public health, according to a briefing filed Monday.The NCTA, along with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, filed an amicus brief in support of Fox News’s request to dismiss a lawsuit, which was filed by the nonprofit group Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics last month. The nonprofit’s lawsuit alleges the network’s opinion hosts downplayed the coronavirus pandemic, putting people in danger as COVID-19 spread throughout the nation. ADVERTISEMENTThe NCTA and Reporters Committee argued in the brief obtained by The Hill that the news network retains its First Amendment rights in its broadcasting and that the lawsuit should be dismissed. “The Plaintiff in this case has asserted that news providers do not enjoy First Amendment protection when they distribute their programming over a cable television system,” the brief said. “That radical proposition is plainly wrong.”Last month, Fox News requested the suit’s dismissal, saying the comments by Fox News opinion hosts Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityBill Pullman responds after Trump’s ‘Independence Day’ tweet Trump tweets clip of ‘Independence Day’ with himself, allies edited in Lamar Alexander defends Fauci:… Read full this story
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