Donald Trump; Richard Nixon

Donald Trump; Richard Nixon (Credit: AP/Matt Rourke/Ron Edmonds/Photo Montage by Salon)

In another of his famous Twitter fits of rage, President Donald Trump on Wednesday went after NBC News for allegedly fabricating a report that he wanted a “tenfold” increase in the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

“Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC=CNN!” Trump wrote.

He struck a more serious tone in a message sent 10 minutes later in which he seemed to threaten the broadcast network with intervention from the Federal Communications Commission:

“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!” he wrote.

The tweets predictably provoked much outrage even as some Trump defenders insisted that they should not be taken literally, in part because only NBC’s local affiliates are licensed by the FCC.

Gordon Smith, president of the National Association of Broadcasters, denounced the threat in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

“The founders of our nation set as a cornerstone of our democracy the 1st Amendment, forever enshrining and protecting freedom of the press,” said Smith, a former Republican senator from Oregon. “It is contrary to this fundamental …read more


Source:: Salon.com

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