President Trump has re-ignited his ongoing feud with US TV news channel NBC by publicly questioning whether the broadcaster’s licence should be challenged.
In a tweet Mr Trump said: “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!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
The FCC has said the First Amendment “expressly prohibits the commission from censoring broadcast matter” and that its role “in overseeing program content is very limited”.
Neither the FCC nor NBC have responded to the tweets, but Democratic Senator Ed Markey urged FCC chairman Ajit Pai to “withstand any urges from President Trump to harm the news media and infringe upon the First Amendment”.
He was referring to the First Amendment of the US constitution, which guarantees free speech and press freedom.
Senator Markey said: “It is inappropriate for the President to propose challenging broadcasters licenses because he disagrees with their coverage”.