Trump's FCC Head Shuts Down Trump Idea For Punishing 'Fake News' NBC

Trump's FCC Head Shuts Down Trump Idea For Punishing 'Fake News' NBC

Trump's FCC Head Shuts Down Trump Idea For Punishing 'Fake News' NBC

"Under the law, the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on the content of a particular newscast", Pai said at a forum in Washington.

In his first public appearance since Trump tweeted that Comcast's cmcsa NBC and other broadcasters should lose their licenses for reporting "fake news", Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai instead noted that his agency could not do what the president wanted. "What we needed is a full-throated defense of the independence of the FCC against political interference".

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Trump was potentially trying to cite the news distortion rule, which is an unwritten policy that allows the FCC to rescind the license of an individual broadcaster if the commission deems that it is deliberately trying to mislead, misconstrue, slant or stage news.

On Wednesday last week, Trump said on Twitter that an NBC news report about his nuclear ambitions was "pure fiction" and that NBC and other networks should have their licenses challenged.

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But O'Rielly also said that Trump is "rightfully venting" about the media. "I've been surprised how vitriolic that the coverage has been", O'Rielly said.

When contacted by Ars, O'Rielly's office confirmed that the quotes in TR Daily are accurate. Pai has served as a commissioner on the FCC since 2012, before Trump elevated him to chairman this year.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal said on Monday that he will release a letter that calls on each member of the Federal Communications Commission to provide a personal commitment to uphold freedom of speech. It was similar to a prior episode in which Pai said he did not agree with Trump's contention that the media was the "enemy of the people".

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