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

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Schatz. "In 1974, President Nixon and his top aides discussed using the FCC's license renewal process to punish the Washington Post for its Watergate coverage". Members of Congress and members of the media (including Ars) have been contacting the FCC since yesterday morning to get a response from Pai, but the chair has remained silent on the matter.

The FCC said in the fact sheet it expects "station licensees to be aware of the important problems and issues facing their local communities and to foster public understanding by presenting programming that relates to those local issues".

That imprisonment was widely seen as indicative of the increased targeting of journalists in that country, which has been scrutinized for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government crackdown on media freedoms.

FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, left, and chairman Ajit Pai.

Trump himself has attacked the network over the report on Twitter. "Revoking a broadcast license on such grounds will only happen if we fail to abide by the First Amendment", Clyburn said.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent federal agency, does not license broadcast networks but issues them to individual broadcast stations that are renewed on a staggered basis for eight-year periods. And cable news outlets need no license.

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Numerous Democrats criticized Trump and urged Pai to denounce Trump's comments. Revoking licenses is unlikely from a procedural perspective, but the lawmakers said that the president's threats themselves are harmful to free speech. In October 2016, he said anyone at the FCC "has the duty to speak out whenever Americans' First Amendment rights are at stake".

President Donald Trump sent a second tweet Wednesday night about what he deemed the partisan nature of network news, threatening to challenge and revoke their licenses.

Mr Trump's tweet came in response to a story written by NBC, which said that Mr Trump had sought to increase America's nuclear arsenal tenfold after taking a look at a briefing slide that showed steady reduction of the USA nuclear arsenal since the 1960s.

Hours later, Trump intensified his call for network licenses to be challenged and possibly revoked.

"With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Not fair to public!"

Trump did not walk back his threats today. "The Fake News Is going all out in order to demean and denigrate!"

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