The National Association of Broadcasters didn’t take kindly to Trump threatening to take NBC’s broadcasting license away. They responded by blasting the President with the First Amendment.
After Trump threatened NBC, National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith said in a statement, “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.”
It is a violation of the First Amendment for President Temper Tantrum to threaten the broadcast networks. Trump was trying to chill free speech. The President wants journalists and broadcasters to think twice before they publish a story that might be negative about Trump and his White House.
Donald Trump wants the entire press to behave like sycophantic propagandist Sean Hannity. Trump doesn’t want any checks on his power, and he definitely has no use for a free press that reports on everything from the Russia scandal to his conflicts of interest, and the corruption that appears to be running wild through his administration.
There are potentially hundreds of stories that Trump does not want see reported because Trump’s life before the presidency has been a self-created myth that hid ugliness and illegality.
The government has no right to threaten a news organization because they don’t like a story. Every president since the dawn of the mass media age has hated their press coverage, but none of them until Trump threatened to use the power of the federal government to shut the free press down.
The alarm bells are sounding. Trump is a danger to our fundamental rights as American citizens.