1st Amendment Advocates Push Back on Trump's License Comment

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Sen. Schatz on Trump's Threat to NBC

After a succession of tweets making not-so-veiled threats to "challenge" the broadcast licenses of TV news organizations, one of the Federal Communications Commission's commissioners schooled President Donald J. Trump that is "not how it works".

The request was what reportedly led Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to call Trump a "moron".

Two days after threatening to revoke NBC News' "license" for fraudulent coverage, Trump retweeted Bill O'Reilly, echoing his supporter's call for responsible political coverage. "Not fair to public!"

"I am both shocked and disappointed that President Trump today suggested the revocation of a major network's broadcast license because he doesn't like the negative light in which he has been portrayed in their newscasts".

Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska voiced his concerns by explicitly asking Trump if he had abandoned his oath to protect and defend the Constitution.

During an interview, the President also said that he would have to compare IQ scores with Mr Tillerson if his secretary had actually made the remarks. News later followed up with a report that Tillerson called Trump a "moron" following a meeting at which Trump said he wanted to significantly build up the US nuclear arsenal.

And stripping a station of its license is pretty tough.

Bloomberg News reports that defending the licenses cost the Washington Post more than $1 million and took over 2 years.

Sunday, Rep Senator Bob Corker tweeted it was "a shame the White House has become an adult day care". After his tweet, several press freedom groups put out their own statement saying "the president should be working to uphold the values of the First Amendment, not tearing them down".

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