Trump Threatens to Revoke License for NBC

Angry about an MSNBC report that he told aides he wants to dramatically increase the number of nuclear weapons in our military arsenal, Donald Trump at least implicitly threatened to try to revoke NBC’s broadcast license. And of course he did it on Twitter.


At the point of never. This would be a blatant violation of the First Amendment and, thankfully, the courts would stop him from doing so in very short order. Trump is also too ignorant to know that neither NBC nor MSNBC has a broadcast license regulated by the FCC, only local stations do. But the mere fact that he would want such a thing is, and should be, an impeachable offense. He even reiterated it later in the day:

Senator Ed Markey immediately fired off a letter to the chairman of the FCC saying, “It is inappropriate for the President to propose challenging broadcasters’ licences because he disagrees with their coverage. The First Amendment is the 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.”

Hear, hear. Just when you think Trumplethinskin couldn’t get any more authoritarian…

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