Donald Trump says now he wants to revoke broadcasting licenses of TV networks that don’t give him good ratings and favorable coverage starting with NBC. And yes, it’s possible he can revoke their licenses. Trump has turned the abnormal into the new normal.
The main TV networks that Trump is targeting are NBC and CNN which he blames for giving him poor ratings and says have been very unfair to him.
Trump will however not revoke the license of Fox News which he hails as an good example of good journalism and has frequently given Fox and Friends shout-outs and thanks for their “good stories” on Twitter.
A few days ago, Trump claimed that many mainstream TV networks were not providing him with fair coverage and would be better off taken off-air. But his attacks on Twitter took the rhetoric to a whole different level: “Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate revoked. Not fair to public!” he tweeted.
Trump again took to Twitter and threatened to challenge the broadcast licenses of “NBC and the Networks.” That after NBC News reported this morning Trump asked about a tenfold increase in U.S. nuclear arsenal – a report he called “pure fiction, made up to demean” adding, “NBC = CNN.”
Trump has worked for NBC for 14 years as the host of The Apprentice and did not complain then.
Senior Politicians are actually worried that Trump will start to revoke broadcasting licenses.
Democratic Senator Ed markey wrote to FCC chairman Ajit Pai Wednesday, urging him to resist requests from the President to revoke licenses because of coverage.
“It is inappropriate for the President to propose challenging broadcasters’ licences because he disagrees with their coverage,” that letter read. “The First Amendment is hte cornerstone of our democracy, and the news media plays an instrumental role in educating the American public and holding elected officials accountable. Any insinuation that elected officials could use the levers of government to control or sensor the news media would represent a startling degradation of the freedom of press.”