Trump hits CNN and NBC, urges 'look at
their license': tweet
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[September 05, 2018]
By Makini Brice and David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President
Donald Trump blasted CNN and NBC News yet again in a tweet on Tuesday,
criticizing NBC's handling of a story on movie producer Harvey Weinstein
and suggesting a "look at their license," without specifying what
exactly he was calling for.
Trump has frequently criticized the U.S. news media for what he has said
is unfair coverage of him.
"I have long criticized NBC and their journalistic standards-worse than
even CNN. Look at their license?" he wrote in the tweet, which cited the
outlet's coverage of Weinstein.
Ronan Farrow, a reporter, has said NBC News blocked him from working on
a story about Weinstein, who is facing criminal rape and sexual assault
charges and a civil lawsuit for sex trafficking. A former NBC producer
corroborated Farrow's allegations.
Farrow later published the story in the New Yorker magazine. NBC News
has defended its handling of the story. Weinstein has denied ever having
Comcast Corp, which owns NBC News, declined to comment. Following the
tweet, a decline in the price of Comcast shares on the Nasdaq extended
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission did not immediately comment
on the tweet, but in October the FCC's chairman said the agency does not
have authority to revoke broadcast licenses over editorial decisions.
Late on Tuesday, Trump tweeted that Chuck Todd, the host of "Meet the
Press," a news show on NBC, suggested that it was "time for the press to
stop complaining and to start fighting back."
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President Donald Trump speaks at campaign fundraising luncheon for
Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) and GOP congressional candidate Mark Harris at
Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, NC, U.S., August 31, 2018.
"Actually Chuck, they’ve been doing that from the day I announced
for President. They’ve gone all out, and I WON, and now they’re
going CRAZY!," Trump said on Twitter.
Trump blasted NBC and other TV networks last October, calling their
news "Fake" and suggesting he would "challenge" their licenses.
Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel responded to Trump's
most recent tweet by posting the FCC rules on licensing. "One more
time...this is not how it works," she wrote on Twitter.
The FCC, an independent agency, does not issue licenses to
individual networks but to local stations, including those directly
owned by broadcasters such as Comcast through NBC.
The agency has said the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
"expressly prohibits the commission from censoring broadcast matter"
and that its role "in overseeing program content is very limited."
(Reporting by Makini Brice and David Shepardson)
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