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Excuse Us, President Trump, You’re Ignorance is Showing – You Might Want to Tuck That Back In

The President took a new and frightening step in his condemnation of the news media on Wednesday. After a days-long controversy over a report from NBC about Rex Tillerson calling the president a moron, the Tweeter-in-Chief seemed to have reached the last straw and took to Twitter, looking for action.

Recently, NBC reported that the President sought to dramatically increase and expand the country’s nuclear arsenal, resulting in an outburst from the Secretary of State.

During a briefing with Tillerson and the Joint Chiefs, President Trump viewed a slideshow that showed a steady decrease in nuclear weapons in the United States since the 1960’s. After seeing this, the President indicated that he wanted to see a nearly tenfold increase in the stockpile of nuclear weapons.

An unnamed official who was present at the meeting the joint chiefs and other top officials told NBC that they all were surprised by the President’s suggestion. In response, the experts explained to Trump the implications of such a move including the fact that it would be a violation of international agreements. The meeting was lengthy, and it was after the president left the room that officials who stayed behind heard Secretary of State Rex Tillerson call the president a moron. The official later clarified that Tillerson had actually called the president “an f***ing moron.”

In response to the story this morning, the president unleashed a chilling insinuation on Twitter.

That’s right. The President threatened to use his executive power to silence a media outlet for reporting about his words and actions. Jessica Rosenworcel, a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), responded saying that’s not how it works.

Radio and television stations need a license to broadcast. Licenses are given by the FCC and are issued to individual stations. Licenses are not granted to entire networks.

Additionally, an FCC document from 2008 states that the First Amendment to the Constitution  “protects broadcasts that criticize or ridicule established customs and institutions, including the government and its officials.” That same document stated that the FCC  “generally will not intervene” in “allegations that stations have aired inaccurate or one-sided news reports or comments.”

Sorry Mr. President, despite your best efforts the Constitution remains the law of the land. That means the media, the fourth estate, will continue to report news, even when it makes you look bad.

 

 

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