Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Sen. Schatz on Trump's Threat to NBC

Sen. Schatz on Trump's Threat to NBC

The NBC report stated that some of Trump's key advisers were also in the room during the Pentagon meeting, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Threats from public officials to stifle protected speech can violate the First Amendment.

"Even if Trump is right and the story is completely invented, there is no basis under the First Amendment to ensure NBC loses its broadcast license, which would mean that it would have to stop broadcasting".

According to the report, Trump asked for "what amounted to a almost tenfold increase" after being presented with a graph that showed a gradual reduction in nuclear weapons since the 1960s. "But if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests". "And people should look into it".

"No. The press should speak more honestly, I mean, I've seen tremendously dishonest press".

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"In suggesting that a broadcast network's license be targeted because of its coverage, Mr. Trump once again evoked the Watergate era when President Richard M. Nixon told advisers to make it hard for The Washington Post to renew the FCC license for a Florida television station it owned", The New York Times said in its report on the tweet.

Last week, Trump similarly blasted NBC News as "fake" after it reported that Tillerson called Trump a "moron". If it did what Trump is asking, it would pretty much be an American Ministry of Truth.

For many Republicans, elected officials and otherwise, Trump's hostility towards the press has been a breath of fresh air. "Bad for country!" Several hours later, he told pool reporters that "the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write" was "frankly disgusting". "That's the only thing I've ever discussed", he continued. Today, Donald Trump has threatened to do the same to NBC.

The White House counselor claimed Wednesday she avoids the President Trump term that she has, in fact, repeatedly used in tweets and TV interviews attacking the media.

Trump's morning tweets came after NBC News reported that Trump purportedly told senior national security advisers during a meeting last summer that he favored what amounted to almost a tenfold increase in nuclear weapons. But Trump's statement predictably raised hackles in media circles as it raised the spectre of government censorship of a news organisation.

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