President Trump Says 'Partisan' Network News Could Have Licenses Revoked

13 October, 2017, 16:12 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Trump Threatens to'Challenge NBC's License

Stephen Colbert opened tonight's Late Show - available on your local CBS station until President Donald Trump figures out a way to make good on his threat to revoke the licenses of the TV networks' stations - looking at Trump's claim of "fake news" about John Kelly.

Mr Trump's tweet came in response to a story written by NBC, which said that Mr Trump had sought to increase America's nuclear arsenal tenfold after taking a look at a briefing slide that showed steady reduction of the USA nuclear arsenal since the 1960s. Trump commented on his retweet. Trump tweeted at 8:09 PM. "Pure fiction, made up to demean".

"Oh my god! The Fake News is coming from inside his head!"

Trump has been on a rampage since NBC News published a pair of reports about a meeting Trump had over the summer.

Trump's comment was "not only risky to the American people's right to access responsible journalism, it represents a clear misunderstanding on his part of how much control the federal government can exercise as it relates to networks and cable channels", Dan Shelley, the executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Association, said in a statement.

"Mr. President: Words spoken by the President of the United States matter".

This week President Trump, the country's thin-skinned media critic in chief, took his "fake news" bashing to an outrageous and ominous new level.

Trump's uncharacteristic decision to endorse a message that places limitations on his power, namely O'Reilly's assurance that he lacks the authority to revoke FCC licensing, is unusual but can be understood as a response to the wave of criticism he received from both sides of the aisle after issuing the threat. In confirmation hearings for Ajit Pai, we raised this possibility.

"It is inappropriate for the President to propose challenging broadcasters' licences because he disagrees with their coverage", that letter read.

"Any insinuation that elected officials could use the levers of government to control or censor the news media would represent a startling degradation of the freedom of press". As the FCC notes on its website, the organization only provides licenses to individual stations; it does not license television or radio networks. As a result it isn't required to follow orders directly from the White House as would branches of the executive such as the Department of Justice, for instance.

Trump himself has attacked the network over the report on Twitter. "Please report for duty".


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