Former President Donald Trump warned that media organizations he believes are “corrupt and dishonest,” like NBC Information and MSNBC, will “pay an enormous value” if he’s reelected subsequent 12 months.
In one in every of a number of offended posts to his TruthSocial account on Sunday, Trump stated these media corporations “must be investigated for its ‘Nation Threatening Treason.’” He additionally questioned whether or not they deserve “free” entry to U.S. airwaves.
“I say up entrance, overtly, and proudly, that after I WIN the Presidency of the US, they and others of the LameStream Media will probably be totally scrutinized for his or her knowingly dishonest and corrupt protection of individuals, issues, and occasions,” he posted. “The Pretend Information Media ought to pay an enormous value for what they’ve executed to our as soon as nice Nation!”
Trump criticized ABC Information in a separate publish, calling it “pretend” information as a result of it didn’t report on his ballot numbers throughout a weekend information program.
Trump in 2017 equally prompt difficult the licenses for NBC and different broadcast information networks that he thought of to be “pretend information” after NBC revealed an unflattering report about him.
“It’s frankly disgusting the press is ready to write no matter it desires to put in writing,” he stated a the time.
The First Modification protects free speech and press.
The Federal Communications Fee solely licenses particular person stations, not networks like NBC. However local people members and rivals can dispute license renewals for network-affiliated stations.
Again in July, an advocacy group requested that the FCC deny a license renewal for Philadelphia station WTXF-TV due to its protection of the 2020 presidential election.
The Media and Democracy Venture accused the Fox station of airing “false details about election fraud” and different data that contributed “to dangerous and harmful acts on January 6” on the U.S. Capitol.
In a uncommon transfer final month, the FCC stated that it will invite public touch upon the matter whereas reviewing the advocacy group’s request.
Trump, in the meantime, faces a number of legal instances associated to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election’s consequence.