It's Day 17 of the USA government shutdown, with Donald Trump refusing to budge on his demand of $5.7 billion to build his border wall, and about to make a prime-time address on the subject on Tuesday.
Rather than refusing to air Trump's address, Kennedy said, networks should be prepared to fact-check the president's statements live.
And yet this time around, all the major networks said they'd provide coverage of the speech.
The speech was carried by ABC, CBS, Fox Broadcasting, NBC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC on Tuesday night.
The president's primetime address on Tuesday night saw both camps drifting even further apart, with Trump declaring a "humanitarian and security crisis" and vowing to protect America, "so help me God" - and Democratic congressional leaders saying Trump is working to "manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration".
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The AGP had entered into an alliance with the BJP before the 2014 polls and was opposed to the Bill since the beginning. The Bill endorses citizenship for all religious minorities from neighbouring Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
For network executives, tradition and news judgment - the simple idea that this is "a presidential address from the Oval Office" - outweighed concerns about the content.
Fox News almost eclipsed both networks by 1.5 million viewers over the course of the night from 8 p.m.to 11 p.m. EST.
On the broadcast front, NBC beat all comers in the demographic, averaging 2.75 million adults 25-to-54, which accounted for 37 percent of its overall deliveries (7.4 million).
Journalists, public figures, and more have taken to Twitter to call for real-time fact checking, as well as other precautions.
Late-night television is back in the new year, but the government isn't. Fox News fact-checked his claims about immigration and drugs that he made during the address.
A Trump 2020 campaign official said: "Net win". Sanders, a political independent who caucuses with the Democrats, delivered an individual response of his own, separate from Schumer and Pelosi, as he has before on similar occasions, such as the State of the Union.