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Trump threatens to cancel NBC's broadcast license over critical reporting

11 October 2017

President Donald Trump today questioned whether United States news broadcasters should have their licenses revoked, after an unflattering story about his nuclear policy which he decried as "fake". The Federal Communications Commission, an independent federal agency, does issue broadcast licenses and oversee standards at individual broadcast stations, although it does not license networks, according to Politico.

Trump has decided that the free press is "bad for the country".

On Twitter, Trump also raised the possibility that he would support stripping the broadcast licenses of news networks that report what he believes to be inaccurate information.

Still, the tweet could raise fears of higher government scrutiny on NBC's parent company Comcast.

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The FCC has said First Amendment protections for broadcasters "expressly prohibits the commission from censoring broadcast matter, our role in overseeing program content is very limited".

The White House referred CNBC to the tweet itself.

It didn't take long for President Donald Trump to make his frustration clear over an NBC News report that he wanted a 'nearly tenfold increase in the USA nuclear arsenal'.

In another Wednesday tweet, Trump wrote, "Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our US nuclear arsenal".

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Comcast did not immediately return a call for comment.

This isn't the first time the president has blasted NBC News' reporting.

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Trump threatens to cancel NBC's broadcast license over critical reporting