Should Broadcast TV Be Protected When Airing ‘Exponential Threat’ Spots?


In late March, a controversial coronavirus-focused advertising campaign targeting the White House and President Trump began airing on television stations across the U.S.

The spot, “Exponential Threat,” was paid for by the Priorities USA Action Fund. It politicized the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., and even brought the subject of license revocation for broadcast TV station that aired the commercial.

The two Democrats heading the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which oversees the FCC, wants the Commission to reassure broadcasters no such worries are necessary.

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