FCC chairman responds to Trump's tweet about NBC's broadcast license

FCC commissioner responds to Trump's license tweets

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Tuesday that the commission doesn't have the authority to revoke broadcast networks' licenses over content.

"The Commission generally will not intervene in such cases because it would be inconsistent with the First Amendment to replace the journalistic judgment of licensees with our own", the 2008 guidelines read. "The chairman should therefore be prepared to commit-under oath, if necessary-that he will take no actions whatsoever to retaliate against news outlets in response to the President's pressure".

Critics quickly pointed out that there is no single license for NBC - or any other national television network for that matter.

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 20.

One of the five current commissioners, Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, said her colleagues should speak out.

Pai, appearing at an event sponsored by the Mercatus Center of George Mason University, did not directly address Trump but said that the "FCC under my leadership will stand for the First Amendment".

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"This isn't the first time Pai had to respond to a Trump attack against journalists; and it likely won't be the last".

Pai's remarks were closely watched because they were related to the president of the United States' tendency to suggest policy and governance changes by tweet.

"Unlike his predecessors, who have forthrightly stood up to presidential interference, he continues to equivocate", Schwartzman told Ars.

"The President's tweets were alarming in both his disregard of the FCC's independence and flagrant disrespect for the freedom of the press", Blumenthal wrote. Pai should "publicly refuse to entertain any broadcast-license challenges on the basis of the president's disapproval of a network's news coverage", the letter said. It's fueled Trump's critiques of the press and prompted him to brand truthful stories about his presidency "fake news".

O'Rielly was asked about Trump's tweets during an appearance at a conference on spectrum management on Friday. "Late Night host are dealing with the Democrats for their very "unfunny" & repetitive material, always anti-Trump!" he tweeted on October 7.

"I think that the president is rightfully venting his experiences and disappointment with how the coverage has been occurring regarding his administration".

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