Trump Suggests Challenging Broadcast TV Licenses Over 'Fake News'

By Susan Jones | October 11, 2017 | 10:19 AM EDT

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( - Angered by "all of the Fake News coming out of NBC" and other networks, President Trump asked on Wednesday, "at what point is it appropriate to challenge their license?"

Trump was responding to an NBC "exclusive" report, which said that Trump asked for a huge increase in U.S. nuclear weapons at a July meeting with military leaders and top advisers at the Pentagon.

"Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a 'tenfold' increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!" Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. "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 added in a second tweet.

Broadcast television networks are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, but cable stations are not.

Over-the-air stations are required by the FCC to operate in the public interest, and license renewals can be challenged by anyone who wants to make a case against station operations.


Trump is a frequent critic of the media in general, branding many negative reports about him as "fake news."

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