Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

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

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Sammy Stanley | 13 October, 2017, 16:13

Wednesday morning, after NBC News reported that Trump had alarmed members of his administration by requesting a tenfold increase in the US nuclear arsenal - which he categorically denied as "pure fiction" and "fake news" - he had tweeted that it may be "appropriate" to challenge network news licenses. "Pure fiction, made up to demean".

"Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked". The network reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a "moron".

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.

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

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Even though that sound a bit ridiculous, but I guess everyone is entitled to their own perspectives, even if they are irrational. At the back, the device comes with a 13MP Monochrome Sony IMX258 sensor and a 13MP RGB sensor with OIS and f/2.2 aperture.

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.

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

Second of all, and this is something that you would think a highly intelligent person like Donald Trump would understand, CNN points this out very well, there is no broadcast license for NBC.

The FCC oversees licensing - it licenses individual broadcast stations, not networks specifically. 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". "Please report for duty".

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