Donald Trump is doubling down on his suggestion that the federal government “challenge” the broadcast licenses of networks that report what he deems “fake news.”
“Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked,” he wrote on Twitter. “Not fair to public!”
Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
Earlier on Wednesday, Trump blasted NBC News over a report that he had once expressed a desire to increase the United States’ nuclear arsenal “tenfold,” asking “at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?”
“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!” he tweeted.
Trump has frequently accused news outlets who cover his administration critically of reporting “fake news.
Twitter quickly sounded the alarm:
So, you’re really trying to take away the right to a Free Press so you can become the dictator you’ve always wanted to be, is that it?
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) October 12, 2017
Ha! Good luck.
Every heard of the First Amendment you fucking jackass?
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) October 12, 2017
Trump has become so deranged, distorted and fake that his presidency must be impeached, and if appropriate, removed. Not fair to public!
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) October 12, 2017
Then challenge them and you will lose.
— IR.net (@IRdotnet) October 12, 2017
Apparently, someone missed their afternoon daycare shift.🤦🏻♀️
— Danielle🖖🏼🌵 (@SW_Crisis) October 12, 2017
And off you go, promoting THE most partisan anchor Sean Hannity, on THE most partisan network, Faux News. You attention whore! pic.twitter.com/jsSZNY6sHD
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) October 12, 2017
Only news written on the bathroom stalls at Klan meetings is "real news", right?
— Dave Weasel (@DaveWeasel) October 12, 2017
You are the single greatest threat to all things that are good about America.
— elan gale (@theyearofelan) October 12, 2017