Politics Backlash swift after Trump tweet on NBC

22:26  11 october  2017
22:26  11 october  2017 Source:   The Hill

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Backlash swift after Trump tweet on NBC© Provided by The Hill Backlash swift after Trump tweet on NBC President Trump's suggestion that NBC should potentially have its broadcast license challenged has prompted a wave of condemnation from both sides of the aisle, with many saying that such a move would violate the First Amendment.

Trump lashed out at NBC News Wednesday after the outlet reported that Trump had suggested increasing the nation's nuclear arms stockpile during a meeting with top Cabinet officials.

"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 wrote.

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While the idea was roundly criticized as a threat to the free press, many don't believe that the president would be able to follow through.

The Federal Communications Commission is in charge of licensing television stations, but it only grants licenses to local stations and not their national network affiliates. And even though NBC's local stations do rely on FCC licenses, it would be highly unusual for the agency to revoke a license based on a broadcaster's content.

"Not how it works," Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel tweeted in response to the president.

Still, congressional Democrats have seized on the president's statement. Many are demanding that Ajit Pai, the Republican FCC chairman, condemn the idea.

Las Vegas: Don't attack politicians for praying

  Las Vegas: Don't attack politicians for praying Sen. Chuck Grassley sent out a standard “prayers for victims” tweet after the Las Vegas shooting. The response was swift — and brutal. NYCNewbies tweeted: What is your prayer? "I pray the families of those killed don't realize just how complicit I am in the proliferation of mass shootings"? More: Las Vegas shooting: The gun fight is over and the gun-rights crowd won More: Navy vet on Vegas shooting: We need gun laws that make us as safe as our military Peter Jacobson added: Your prayers are not enough! There's no reason for US citizens to own weapons that can cause mass murder. It is insane to think otherwise. Christie Rosalie: .@ChuckGrassley instead of praying, stop accepting NRA $ and start changing gun laws. Joseph Papryzcki: Laws stop this, not prayers. Do your job. You get the idea. Grassley said Wednesday he hadn't seen the Twitter response but cited a Bible verse calling on prayers for all leaders: "First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity." — 1 Timothy 2, 1-2. "So you can't denounce anything that involves prayer with government or for people because that's our responsibility to do," Grassley said during his weekly conference call with Iowa reporters.

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"The president's threat against NBC and other media outlets is far from empty," Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), said in a statement, referencing a similar proposal from President Nixon, who wanted to crack down on the Washington Post.

"In confirmation hearings for Ajit Pai, we raised this possibility," Schatz said. "Now, the FCC must show that it is loyal to the law, not the president, and make clear that it rejects this kind of interference."

Trump's tweet came the same day as a House Commerce subcommittee markup on legislation reauthorizing the FCC, and Democrats used the brief meeting to hammer the president.

"This threat alone could intimidate the press and lead to skewed and unfair reporting," Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), the top Commerce Democrat, said during the markup.

"I therefore call on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to immediately condemn this unwarranted attack. I also call on the Chair to announce publicly that he will not follow through on his orders from the President. Chairman Pai should not act in any way to undermine free speech on our airwaves."

Las Vegas: Don't attack politicians for praying

  Las Vegas: Don't attack politicians for praying Sen. Chuck Grassley sent out a standard “prayers for victims” tweet after the Las Vegas shooting. The response was swift — and brutal. NYCNewbies tweeted: What is your prayer? "I pray the families of those killed don't realize just how complicit I am in the proliferation of mass shootings"? More: Las Vegas shooting: The gun fight is over and the gun-rights crowd won More: Navy vet on Vegas shooting: We need gun laws that make us as safe as our military Peter Jacobson added: Your prayers are not enough! There's no reason for US citizens to own weapons that can cause mass murder. It is insane to think otherwise. Christie Rosalie: .@ChuckGrassley instead of praying, stop accepting NRA $ and start changing gun laws. Joseph Papryzcki: Laws stop this, not prayers. Do your job. You get the idea. Grassley said Wednesday he hadn't seen the Twitter response but cited a Bible verse calling on prayers for all leaders: "First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity." — 1 Timothy 2, 1-2. "So you can't denounce anything that involves prayer with government or for people because that's our responsibility to do," Grassley said during his weekly conference call with Iowa reporters.

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And Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Pai on Wednesday asking him to publicly refuse to act on Trump's request.

Democrats were not alone in criticizing Trump. Conservatives and industry advocates who often side with Pai also raised concerns about the president's message.

"The founders of our nation set as a cornerstone of our democracy the First Amendment, forever enshrining and protecting freedom of the press," said Gordon Smith, the CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters and a former Republican senator.

"It is contrary to this fundamental right for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist."

Pai has yet to address the president's statement and a spokeswoman did not immediately respond when asked for comment.

It's not the first time he's been forced to answer for Trump's invectives against the media.

After the president tweeted that the press is "enemy of the American People" in February, Democrats pressed Pai in an oversight hearing and in a follow-up letter on whether he agreed with the assessment.

"No," Pai responded.

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