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>> It's frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they wanna write and people should look into it.>> President Trump taking his attacks against the media to new levels, Wednesday, venting his fury at NBC and other TV networks by threatening to challenge their quote, license to broadcast.
Trump tweeting, 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. Trump's latest eruption coming soon after NBC ran a story saying, Trump told a meeting of top officials he wanted to increase the US nuclear arsenal tenfold.
Startling the likes of the joint chiefs of staff and Rex Tillerson. Later in the Oval Office, Trump not backing down.>> That was just fake news by NBC. Which gives a lot of fake news lately.>> David Shepardson is on the story.>> So President Trump does not have authority over broadcasters with the Federal Communications Commission and independent agency does have the ability to approve and renew the licenses of individual stations, not networks.
So NBC, CBS, abc, they don't have a license. However, NBC's parent company owns 11 local stations. And those licenses are good for eight years, and they renew in staggered periods. So, assuming a majority of the FCC was on board, they could attempt to not renew the licenses of individual stations.
>> But that is very difficult to do as stations are provided wide latitude under the the First Amendment. The FCC must also prove not renewing a license is in the public interest. And what's more, the FCC does not regulate content on cable channels, meaning CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News are out of their reach.
Trump has a long history with NBC, as the host of The Apprentice from 2004, until the start of his presidential run.