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President Trump Attack NBC News Over Nuclear Report

"Pure fiction, made up to demean". Specifically, one of the things that he's so angry about are the reports about Tillerson calling him a moron, Bob Corker saying that Trump could march us into World War III, and a couple other really inflammatory, but as far as we know true, stories that have come out in the last few days.

Trump was angered that NBC News reported that in a July meeting he had inquired about increasing the nation's nuclear arsenal tenfold. "Network news has become so partisan, distorted, and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked", he tweeted.

It isn't clear that Mr Trump would be able to easily revoke broadcast licenses for any of the major networks simply because he disagrees with the content they air, however.

As he careens down a warpath, Trump, with his attack on National Football League player protests and the press, has so far only hit foundation blocks of our democracy- a free press and free speech, enshrined in the First Amendment.

Trump's uncharacteristic decision to endorse a message that places limitations on his power, namely O'Reilly's assurance that he lacks the authority to revoke FCC licensing, is unusual but can be understood as a response to the wave of criticism he received from both sides of the aisle after issuing the threat.

"Any insinuation that elected officials could use the levers of government to control or censor the news media would represent a startling degradation of the freedom of press". Television networks aren't licensed by the Federal Communications Commission; individual stations are, including 28 stations owned by Comcast, the parent company of NBC. "Please report for duty".

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