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Oct 11, 2017 03:38PM
Interesting -- one of my walks past the t.v. Nicolle Wallace, her afternoon segment on MSNBC is called Deadline White House. Her guests on today were discussing how dark Trump's mood is and that more and more, it is being said that Trump is un-stable, erratic, and told his Security Chief that he hates everyone in the White House. He seems to be unravelling a good deal. I know it has been bandied about but the last few days it seems this type of talk has been a bit more consistent. I guess I was getting used to hearing some of those types of things so until I caught it on t.v. this afternoon had not been paying it that much mind.
Trump didn't expect to be Pres., and he really didn't want to be -- just my opinion -- but needed a huge boost for his brand and boy did he get that. The bad part was HAVING to take the office he was able to get whether by hook or crook and I do think there is a lot of the latter description in it. He is used to wheeling and dealing pretty much as he wants and not fettered by laws and rules much. So -- he is truly confined ( now much more so by Kelly ) now and only seems to like things when he is fighting with someone or destroying things Pres. Obama did. Things are definitely getting worse along with pole numbers. Trump is mad because nothing has gotten done and of course, rational people know you can't fight with everyone around you --- especially the leaders in Senate and House, nor think your charm is going to sell your snake oil for you. You have to get off the golf course and not do things that allow people to characterize the WH as an adult day care center. YES -- you are a MORON. A pretty dangerous one right now.
Trump Wants to Pull FCC Licenses from 'Fake News' Networks…. Can He Do That?
by Ronn Blitzer | 12:38 pm, October 11th, 2017
Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump sent out a loaded tweet about NBC and other televisions networks and their "Fake News." While that part is nothing new, this time Trump went further, bringing up the idea of pulling their FCC licenses, which would take them off the air.
In order to transmit over radio or broadcast frequencies, one needs to obtain a license from the FCC. NBCUniversal holds more than two dozen licenses for NBC, Telemundo, and local stations, but despite President Trump's desire, they're not likely to lose them any time soon, especially over news stories he doesn't like.
LawNewz has reached out to the FCC about this, but has yet to receive a response. Still, history sheds some light on what it takes to lose an FCC license, and how rarely it happens.
You may recall in 2012, activists wanted the FCC to pull the plug on the Fox Network due to allegations of hacking and bribery by parent company News Corp. As you can see by turning on your local affiliate, Fox is still around.
Attorney Peter Tannenwald told The Hill in 2012 when Fox faced these complaints that he didn't think the FCC would look to revoke licenses unless the alleged actions were "so bad that the FCC really can't just let it go."
So what would be that bad? Well, it's been decades since the FCC did anything close to pulling licenses on this sort of scale, so it takes a lot. The FCC pulled licenses from RKO General in 1987 after they bribed foreign agents and funded American politicians.
Some other examples?
Trump might think that Don Burden's situation was close, since he lost five radio licenses for using them to favor political candidates back in the 1960s. Of course, Burden was also found to have been dishonest with billing, rigging contests, and more, so there was a much stronger case against him.
Then there was WLBT, the Mississippi TV station (coincidentally, an NBC affiliate), that lost their license after black viewers complained that the station was only showing white people's attitudes towards desegregation in the wake of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision.
The FCC has also ruled that non-broadcast activity could warrant a license revocation if it's "so egregious as to shock the conscience and evoke almost universal disapprobation." Michael Rice fit the bill when he was convicted of sexually assaulting five children. He lost seven radio licenses after that.
To answer President Trump's question, that's the sort of thing (or worse) it takes for a network to lose its license.
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