Senate Dem hammers FCC Chair for response to Trump tweet

FCC commissioner responds to Trump's license tweets

Trump on October 11 asked whether FCC licenses should be taken from NBC after the network published a story saying he'd called for a tenfold increase in the US nuclear arsenal in a meeting with military and security officials. Trump called the report "pure fiction".

Democratic commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who was first appointed by President Obama and brought back to the commission by Trump, said the FCC should make it very clear that the agency will not revoke licenses simply because Trump does not like their coverage.

But Trump's tweets generated alarm among First Amendment advocates, who said that they could have a calling effect on freedom of speech.

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

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"Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked", Trump said.

Last Wednesday he tweeted: "With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?"

Ip also asked Pai if there is any role for the FCC to determine what is "fake news".

"Chairman Pai was right to assure the public that the FCC can not revoke any broadcast licenses based on the content of a specific newscast, but I am disappointed that the chairman continues to remain silent on the president's ongoing efforts to intimidate and threaten news outlets", Pallone said.

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Schatz is ranking member of the Senate Communications Subcommittee, which has primary jurisdiction over the FCC. Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz, a Democrat, said in a statement that Pai's comments were better than nothing, but he would have preferred a "a full-throated defense of the independence of the FCC against political interference". It regularly reviews the licenses, typically examining a station's commitment to programming and activities in the public interest. "Under the law, the FCC does not have the authority, does not have the power to revoke license of a broadcast station based on content of a program".

The agency does not issue similar licenses for cable networks such as CNN and MSNBC, or regulate internet news or other websites.

The first returns from Capitol Hill on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's response to President Trump's tweeted attacks on the press were not promising.

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