Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Luján Calls On FCC To Reject Threat To Revoke NBC's Broadcast License

Luján Calls On FCC To Reject Threat To Revoke NBC's Broadcast License

Wednesday, President Donald Trump threatened the broadcasting licenses of NBC in a series of tweets. Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis have since denied that report. Trump, Tillerson, and other administration figures reported to have been present at the meeting have refuted the allegation over a dozen times.

"Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked".

But on Friday, Trump retweeted former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who pointed out that "The President will not be able to impact licenses" of news companies.

Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska voiced his concerns by explicitly asking Trump if he had abandoned his oath to protect and defend the Constitution.

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

Responding to Mr Trump's musing about revoking licenses for broadcast networks critical of him, former USA federal prosecutor and frequent Trump critic Preet Bharara called the President childish. News later followed up with a report that Tillerson called Trump a "moron" following a meeting at which Trump said he wanted to significantly build up the USA nuclear arsenal. During its coverage of the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon tried to do the same with the Washington Post Co.

For the last day, day and a half or so, Donald Trump has been on Twitter threatening media outlets that are critical of his presidency and of him personally. After his tweet, several press freedom groups put out their own statement saying "the president should be working to uphold the values of the First Amendment, not tearing them down".

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