GOP senator slams Trump for threats against press

Angelo Anderson
October 12, 2017

After threatening to take NBC News off the air, Republican Senator Ben Sasse questioned whether the president is breaking his oath of office. "Not fair to public!" "Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve", said the report.

"Trump's comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of US nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. People should look into it".

Trump then justified his request for the revocation of thelicensesofNBCNews and other networks with his claim that they are producing "Fake News".

Donald Trump's ongoing war with the media over "fake news" escalated on Wednesday with the president calling for networks, and specifically NBC, to have their licenses revoked over reporting what he called "pure fiction".

He continued, "Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on January 20th to preserve, protect, and defend the First Amendment?". Sasse asked in a statement posted online. "By operation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and because the Communications Act expressly prohibits the Commission from censoring broadcast matter, our role in overseeing program content is very limited".

While the federal government doesn't "license" news networks like NBC, it does issue and renew broadcasting licenses for their local TV affiliates.

Trump's threat to pull NBC's license drew Sen.

"These are the words of an authoritarian despot", Klass wrote online.

That quickly drew a rebuke from a coalition of press freedom organizations including the Committee to Protect Journalists, Free Press, Media Law Resource Center, PEN America and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

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