President Trump said Tuesday that the government should challenge the broadcast licenses of networks who report what he says is “fake news.” He took to Twitter to voice his concern.
“Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!” he wrote on Wednesday.
Earlier on Wednesday, Trump criticized NBC News for their report that he had desired to increase the nuclear arsenal “tenfold.” Again, he took to Twitter to voice his concern, saying, “at what point is it appropriate to challenge their license?”
“With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for the country!” he tweeted.
Again on Wednesday, during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump voiced his concern again over the press’s unchecked ability to report whatever they felt would stir controversy, according to. In his words, he said that it is “disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write,” reported The New York Times.
A reporter asked Trump whether he meant that he would seek an executive means to curb what the press writes or reports. Trump said that he has no plans to limit the press. But his words have raised a concern among media channels.
“This threat alone could intimidate the press and lead to skewed and unfair reporting,” Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. suggested on Wednesday, after Trump had challenged NBC’s media license.
Senator Brian Schatz voiced a similar concern: “Now the FCC must show that it is loyal to the law, not the president, and make clear that it rejects this kind of interference.”
According to The Hill, Trump does not have the authority to revoke a broadcast license, even if he is frustrated over what a news agency reports. Broadcast licenses are issued by the Federal Communications Commission to local networks. The national networks, such as NBC, ABC or CBS do not have licenses, and therefore cannot be revoked.
Some have argued that Trump’s comment challenges the First Amendment, which grants freedom of the press and of speech. Trump, in the past, has criticized media outlets for what he calls is reporting “fake news.”
What do others think of this? Mark Dice took to Twitter to voice his opinion.
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