President Trump just doubled down on his earlier attack on the First Amendment, now calling for the licenses of all network news to be “challenged and, if appropriate, revoked.”
Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
This escalation is the latest volley in Trump’s assault on the free press.
“It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write. And people should look into it,” Trump said to the media earlier today.
“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!” Trump tweeted this morning.
Trump has been openly hostile towards the media, referring to all negative coverage of his administration as “fake news” on multiple occasions and even going so far as to label the media as the “enemy of the American people.”