Trump takes new swing at media
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.
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