For the major television networks, one question is paramount: Will they carry Trump live if he is giving a speech and making completely specious claims?
The short answer is yes. Though network executives are reluctant to talk publicly about such a hypothetical and disturbing scenario, five people at various networks said on condition of anonymity that they fully expect the President’s Election Night remarks to be shown live virtually wall to wall…
One plan publicly described by NBC News president Noah Oppenheim has been echoed by leaders at other networks, including CNN.
“We are prepared to aggressively fact-check any effort by anyone to mischaracterize the status of the race or the results of the race prematurely,” Oppenheim told The Hollywood Reporter.