Trump takes new swing at me­dia

The New Zealand Herald - - WORLD - — AAP, AP, Tele­graph Group

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has threat­ened to chal­lenge the broad­cast li­cences of NBC and other net­works.

His tweets were ap­par­ently spurred by a re­port from NBC that said Trump ex­pressed a de­sire to in­crease the US nu­clear ar­se­nal by ten-fold.

“Fake [NBC News] made up a story that I wanted a ‘ten­fold’ in­crease in our US nu­clear ar­se­nal. Pure fic­tion, made up to de­mean. NBC = CNN!” Trump tweeted. “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 coun­try!”

Trump’s threat to chal­lenge the broad­cast li­cences that NBC holds with the FCC for its owned-and-op­er­ated sta­tions re­calls US Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon’s sim­i­lar threats against the Washington Post’s par­ent com­pany at the height of the Water­gate scan­dal. Nixon’s threats were made in pri­vate.

In re­al­ity, a chal­lenge to NBC’s broad­cast li­cences would be a lengthy process in­volv­ing pe­ti­tions at the FCC. But Trump’s state­ment pre­dictably raised hack­les in me­dia cir­cles as it raised the spec­tre of gov­ern­ment cen­sor­ship.

Mean­while, Trump is ex­pected to visit Bri­tain in Jan­uary in a “work­ing” trip that would not see him meet the Queen or stay at Buck­ing­ham Palace. A se­nior US diplo­matic fig­ure has told the Daily Tele­graph that the US Pres­i­dent may visit to open Amer­ica’s new Lon­don Em­bassy. Such a trip would avoid the con­tro­versy of a pro­posed state visit. Bri­tish and US of­fi­cials in­sisted that a full state visit would go ahead. Trump an­nounced he will nom­i­nate Kirst­jen Nielsen, a cy­ber­se­cu­rity ex­pert and deputy White House chief of staff, to be Home­land Se­cu­rity sec­re­tary. Mizuno Rider 19 2E* ORP $250 Asics 2000 5 2E* ORP $250 New Bal­ance 6780 ORP $150 Asics 1000 5 D** ORP $220

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