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    Bill Recto
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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-threatens-to-look-at-nbc-license/

    Well If you live in a city where NBC O&O’s are located IE KNBC, WNBC, KNTV, WRC and WMAQ  you might want to look at this Trump rant. Trump is doing a rant directed at NBC News handling over the Weinstein Story.

    Trump Slams NBC News Over Weinstein Story, Suggests a ‘Look’ at Broadcast Licenses

     

    President Donald Trump has slammed NBC News for its handling of Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein story and suggests that it could be grounds for taking a look at the company’s broadcast licenses.

    Trump joined the chorus of critics of NBC News over its handling of Farrow’s investigative report into sexual assault allegations against now-disgraced film mogul Weinstein.

    NBC News on Sunday released a lengthy memo and internal report documenting Farrow’s reporting at various stages at NBC, until Farrow in August 2017 took the story to the New Yorker. That memo from NBC News chief Andrew Lack came in response to criticism last week from Farrow’s former NBC News producer, Rich McHugh, that NBC sought to impede Farrow’s reporting.

    Trump weighed in Tuesday morning, noting the scrutiny of NBC News and asserting that the company is “now fumbling around making excuses for their probably highly unethical conduct.” Trump continued: “I have long criticized NBC and their journalistic standards — worse that even CNN. Look at their license?”

    The tweet appears to suggest that the FCC look at the broadcast licenses granted to NBC-owned TV stations around the country. FCC rules require, among other things, that broadcast TV license holders maintain a level of integrity to their overall operation.

    Last October, Trump also suggested that NBC should lose its licenses because he branded “fake news” a report by the news division about the administration’s plans to increase the nation’s arsenal of nuclear weapons. At that time, FCC chairman Ajit Pai made it clear he had no intention of wading into a political fight.

     

    #183638

    Bill Recto
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_Access_Hollywood_tape

    I say the Kettle is black is on this one for the reason why Trump Keeps going after NBC in a persistent manner.

    #183659

    radioperson
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    This is nothing new.

    Nixon held up the WTOP-TV license in Washington when it was owned by the Washington Post when he claimed the Post was writing “fake news” about his administration.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    #183660

    Nathan Obral
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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-threatens-to-look-at-nbc-license/

    Well If you live in a city where NBC O&O’s are located IE KNBC, WNBC, KNTV, WRC and WMAQ you might want to look at this Trump rant. Trump is doing a rant directed at NBC News handling over the Weinstein Story.

    Bill, this is not how the FCC works. NBC has no “network license” to lose, and if Pai (who I have no love lost for) actually pulled the licenses for NBC’s O&Os, they’d have no legal ground to stand on whatsoever.

    And Trump knows this is impossible. He’s whining and pouting because it makes his voter base of whiners and pouters feel better and to give him the illusion of a “tough guy” and an authoritarian.

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    #183662

    Bill Recto
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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-threatens-to-look-at-nbc-license/ Well If you live in a city where NBC O&O’s are located IE KNBC, WNBC, KNTV, WRC and WMAQ you might want to look at this Trump rant. Trump is doing a rant directed at NBC News handling over the Weinstein Story.

    Bill, this is not how the FCC works. NBC has no “network license” to lose, and if Pai (who I have no love lost for) actually pulled the licenses for NBC’s O&Os, they’d have no legal ground to stand on whatsoever. And Trump knows this is impossible. He’s whining and pouting because it makes his voter base of whiners and pouters feel better and to give him the illusion of a “tough guy” and an authoritarian.

    I agree with you on all counts but its the Pot calling kettle black effect at play here. I know NBC/MSNBC does not have a license here its KNBC, WNBC and WRC that’s going to face the brunt of this threat here not NBC Network itself.

    #183664

    Nathan Obral
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    I agree with you on all counts but its the Pot calling kettle black effect at play here. I know NBC/MSNBC does not have a license here its KNBC, WNBC and WRC that’s going to face the brunt of this threat here not NBC Network itself.

    Still a totally dead issue, Bill. Spiking a news story is not enough for a broadcast station to lose its license.

    Trump’s having a temper tantrum because Boris Epysteyn admitted to signing an NDA with Trump before Sinclair hired him as a pom-pom waving Trump cheerleader. And Sinclair, a company Trump has repeatedly praised for being favorable to him, is rightfully under scrutiny by the DOJ and FCC for bad business practices, stuff that could cost them a lot of money, if not worse.

    This “threat” to NBC is 100% devoid of any substance and full of hot air, like Trump himself.

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    #183684

    Bill Recto
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    I agree with you on all counts but its the Pot calling kettle black effect at play here. I know NBC/MSNBC does not have a license here its KNBC, WNBC and WRC that’s going to face the brunt of this threat here not NBC Network itself.

    Still a totally dead issue, Bill. Spiking a news story is not enough for a broadcast station to lose its license. Trump’s having a temper tantrum because Boris Epysteyn admitted to signing an NDA with Trump before Sinclair hired him as a pom-pom waving Trump cheerleader. And Sinclair, a company Trump has repeatedly praised for being favorable to him, is rightfully under scrutiny by the DOJ and FCC for bad business practices, stuff that could cost them a lot of money, if not worse. This “threat” to NBC is 100% devoid of any substance and full of hot air, like Trump himself.

    Update Now the President is going after a different media outlet as in the NY Times to look for a whistleblower or more on who called him out for his corruption.  The problem here is that the president keeps interfering in how the media business operates and wants that outlet, Radio/TV/Internet to bow down to him.
    #183701

    Nathan Obral
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    Trump can’t even get Pai, his hand-picked FCC chairman, to bow down to him on matters like Sinclair’s failed purchase of Tribune. Newspapers have no government oversight whatsoever, that’s just a typical tired, boring old paint-by-numbers attack on a news outlet his voting base has detested for decades. Not news.

    The only real story here is that a tremendously unpopular 72 year old man with the mentality of a spoiled little kid is whining that no one of power is complying with his desires for outright obedience, even within his own inner circle.

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    #183860

    Bill Recto
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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/09/22/white-house-distances-itself-reports-that-trump-could-target-facebook-google-twitter-with-new-executive-order/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c5aa2ace25f1

    And Here we go again the President goes after major Internet Outlets.

    The White House sought to distance itself Saturday from reports that President Trump is considering an executive order that would subject tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter to federal investigations for alleged political bias.

    For weeks, top tech companies have been on edge, fearing that the Trump administration could seek to regulate the industry in response to the president’s tweets attacking social-media sites for silencing conservatives online. Their worst suspicions seemed to come true Friday night, with the emergence of a draft executive order that called for nearly every federal agency to study how companies like Facebook police their platforms and refer instances of “bias” to the Justice Department for further study.

    But three White House aides soon insisted they didn’t write the draft order, didn’t know where it came from, and generally found it to be unworkable policy anyway. One senior White House official confirmed the document had been floating around the White House but had not gone through the formal process, which is controlled by the staff secretary.

    Asked about the document, Lindsay Walters, the deputy White House press secretary, said of the digital-age ‘whodunit’ on Saturday: “Although the White House is concerned about the conduct of online platforms and their impact on society, this document is not the result of an official White House policymaking process.”

    For months, companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter have grappled with allegations of anti-conservative bias from the country’s top Republicans. In tweets, Trump repeatedly has charged without evidence that tech companies deliberately silence right-leaning viewers and even rig search results to show negative stories about conservatives or hide their accounts altogether. He has frequently told allies that bias against conservatives is a central issue to his supporters, and his campaign has used the allegations as fodder for fundraising in recent weeks.

    On Capitol Hill, meanwhile, top Republicans have mounted their own campaign against Silicon Valley, even forcing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify at a recent hearing about accusations of censorship. GOP leaders have threatened to force Google’s leading executives to do the same.

    #183866

    Nathan Obral
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    Just like his meaningless “threats” against NBC, it’s a publicity stunt threatening to do something that’s otherwise improbable specifically to get a rise out of people. It’s unenforceable and will be “walked back” as Trump lackeys will be forced to deny, deny, deny.

    This pattern of toothless vain behavior by Trump is obvious and easy to spot. That’s all this is, nothing more.

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    #184431

    Bill Recto
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    Just like his meaningless “threats” against NBC, it’s a publicity stunt threatening to do something that’s otherwise improbable specifically to get a rise out of people. It’s unenforceable and will be “walked back” as Trump lackeys will be forced to deny, deny, deny. This pattern of toothless vain behavior by Trump is obvious and easy to spot. That’s all this is, nothing more.

    Another PR Ploy from the White House and this time its to go after Comcast the parent company of NBC over antitrust allegations.
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