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Is Trump Tweet Hinting At Renewed Enforcement of Yellow Journalism Laws Against Mainstream Media? #o4a #Trump #FakeNews

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October 11th, 2017

Fed up with “all of the Fake News coming out of NBC” and other Yellow Journalism networks, President Trump tweeted, “at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?”

Trump was bringing attention to a piece of Yellow Journalism in an NBC “exclusive” report, which said that Trump asked for a huge increase in U.S. nuclear weapons in July.

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“Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a ‘tenfold’ increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “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 added in a second tweet.

Broadcast television networks are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, but cable stations are not, thanks to the law “The Telecommunications Act of 1996” passed by then-President Bill Clinton.

Over-the-air stations are required by the FCC to operate in the public interest, and license renewals can be challenged by anyone who wants to make a case against station operations.

There are also “Yellow Journalism” laws that can bring journalists fines and imprisonment for publishing fake news. The laws have not been enforced for decades.

Trump frequently criticizes “fake news”, and one has to wonder if he’s not going to order Attorney General Jeff Sessions to shake the dust off Yellow Journalism laws and bring honesty back to the media.

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