WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has mailed letters to the owners of 77 television stations inquiring about their use of video news releases, a type of programming critics refer to as “fake news.”
. . . FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein said Tuesday the letters ask station managers for information regarding agreements between the stations and the creators of the news releases. The FCC also asked whether there was any “consideration” given to the stations in return for airing the material.
“You can’t tell any more the difference between what’s propaganda and what’s news,” Adelstein said.
. . . Stations that received the letters have been given 60 days to respond. If the FCC decides they have violated the rules, punishment could include fines or license revocation.