Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump appears to admit he can't do much about 'fake news'

Trump appears to admit he can't do much about 'fake news'

"It's frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write", President Trump told reporters at the White House Wednesday. "Pure fiction, made up to demean".

Trump's comment was "not only unsafe to the American people's right to access responsible journalism, it represents a clear misunderstanding on his part of how much control the federal government can exercise as it relates to networks and cable channels", Dan Shelley, the executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Association, said in a statement. Trump, Tillerson, and other administration figures reported to have been present at the meeting have refuted the allegation over a dozen times.

They can not influence, they can not dictate, so unfortunately for Donald Trump just because somebody says something that he doesn't like, that doesn't give you grounds as president to revoke their license and prohibit them from operating in the United States.

"Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked".

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"Mr. President: Words spoken by the President of the United States matter", the Republican senator wrote in a statement.

"The FCC is responsible for maintaining broadcast licenses, and I call on Chairman Pai to immediately reject and repudiate the President's disturbing threat - and to do so in no uncertain terms". Trump tweeted on Wednesday in what many considered an open attack on the First Amendment. Licenses are issued to individual stations, not networks per se. The federal government is not allowed to interfere with what the media reports.

While the commissioners of the FCC are appointed by the President and approved by the Senate, the agency's relative independence is there by design to push back on situations where someone in the executive branch would attempt to dampen the free speech protections provided to licensed broadcasters.

Second of all, and this is something that you would think a highly intelligent person like Donald Trump would understand, CNN points this out very well, there is no broadcast license for NBC.

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