Broadcasters Association Releases Statement on Trump’s Threats to NBC

The National Association of Broadcasters issued a response to President Donald Trump’s threats on Wednesday to take away NBC’s broadcasting licenses in response to a story he didn’t like.

Trump tweeted the threat after NBC published a story about Trump wanting to increase the U.S.’s nuclear arsenal, to the surprise of security advisors and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Trump denied he said anything of the sort, despite the reporters sticking by their unnamed sources.

NAB CEO Gordon Smith was none to happy about the remark and put out a statement describing how the freedom of the press is an important component of the First Amendment:

The founders of our nation set as a cornerstone of our democracy the First Amendment, forever enshrining and protecting freedom of the press. It is contrary to this fundamental right for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist.

Trump continued his attacks on the media throughout the day, telling reporters that it was “disgusting” that they could write about whatever they wanted. He even called for an investigation into the media.

After the July meeting in which NBC reporters said Trump made his remarks about the nuclear arsenal, other officials heard Tillerson call Trump a “moron,” which prompted the president to reiterate that he has a very high IQ.

The National Association of Broadcasters is an advocacy association for American broadcasters. According to its website, the NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs.