Scarborough: Trump’s statements about the press are ‘unambiguously un-American’

Scarborough: Trump's statements about the press are 'unambiguously un-American'
Ryan backs free speech amid Trump threat to yank NBC license
Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!

Trump may have been referring to the “Fairness Doctrine” that was designed to ensure broadcasters present opposing viewpoints about public issues. Republican President Ronald Reagan’s administration eliminated it in 1987.

Yet another reason not to build the arsenal: It’s hopelessly unaffordable. Not only would the United States build the weapons, it would also have to build delivery systems for the weapons, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, bombers, and submarines. The current effort to replace all three—and that’s without increasing the U.S. arsenal—is projected to cost up to a trillion dollars. Factoring in the cost of the nuclear warheads themselves, Trump’s nuclear war arsenal could cost upwards of $15 trillion, nearly four times the entire federal budget for 2016. It would be the most expensive chest-thumping exercise ever.

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Morning Joe program mocked President Donald Trump on Thursday for threatening to pull NBC’s broadcast license even though the network isn’t required to have one.

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The story had changed a bit from the first time the president told it as a candidate last year. 

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We continue to look forward to receiving comments through direct email contact or via social media, some of which may still be featured on the website Independent.ieHis remarks follows NBC’s claim that Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, called him a “moron” after they discussed nuclear weapons.

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NBC News reported early Wednesday that Trump pushed back in July for a major expansion of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. That request reportedly prompted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to later call Trump a “moron.”

Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military
Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military

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Trump can challenge NBC's broadcast licenses, but he's likely to fail

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But the President is playing with fire. His relentless attacks could build a momentum of their own, and no one who values free speech should be complacent.

Plenty of people tried to warn us about this moment, but not enough Americans took heed. To them, this was sky-is-falling hyperbole. The use of nuclear weapons was a thing of history and Hollywood.

The report that upset Trump was not made up, according to the network and the journalists.

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“I’ll never forget I was in Chicago and a police officer there, it was a motorcycle deal to the plane and I was talking to police, I was taking a picture. I said, ‘How do you stop this?’ ‘We could stop it immediately sir,’” Trump said. “I said, ‘What do you mean?’ ‘If they’d let us do our job, we could stop it immediately.’”

Donald Trump threatens to 'revoke' licenses for broadcasters

“No one but a moron (Trump?) would bet on it with real money,” said Glen Robinson, a former FCC commissioner who teaches at the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Trump’s previous comments about nuclear weapons have caused confusion and concern in some quarters. Last December, for example, he suggested he favoured expanding the nuclear arsenal.

Can He Do That?” we’ll revisit the president’s relationship with the press with The Washington Post’s media columnist Margaret Sullivan. Plus, we’ll talk to Post political reporter Aaron Blake about similar actions taken by President Richard M. Nixon in the 1970s. And finally, Andrew Jay Schwartzman, Benton Senior Counselor at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation,  explains the licensing process and limitations on the president and the Federal Communications Commission.

Trump blasts NBC over nuclear arsenal report

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Trump is threatening NBC’s broadcast licenses because he’s not happy with how its news division has covered him and calls it “fake news.” But experts say his threats aren’t likely to lead to any action.The agency does not issue similar licences for cable networks such as CNN and MSNBC, or regulate internet news or other websites. The FCC has said the First Amendment “expressly prohibits the commission from censoring broadcast matter” and that its role “in overseeing program content is very limited.”Watch these basic safety checks to help keep your vehicle… Here’s how to check…

Trump threatens networks, saying it's 'disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want'

Ryan backs free speech amid Trump threat to yank NBC license
Ryan backs free speech amid Trump threat to yank NBC license

“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!” the President tweeted.The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures.

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Trump sees power as military strength — and nukes as the apex of that power

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According to NBC News, during a July 20 meeting with national security leaders, Trump indicated he wanted the country to have a bigger nuclear stockpile. The comments surprised Trump's advisers, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, NBC reported. 

"I want to have absolutely perfectly maintained — which we are in the process of doing — nuclear force," he said. "But when they said I want 10 times what we have right now, it’s totally unnecessary."”Any time the president or prime minister of democratic nation threatens freedom of the press, it is a matter of great concern,” said Shapiro, now president of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.

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Trump has threatened to destroy North Korea should it attack the U.S. with a nuclear weapon.
Can President Trump really revoke broadcast licenses?
Can President Trump really revoke broadcast licenses?

At one of the earliest Republican debates, in December of 2015, then-candidate Trump seemed to stumble through a question about the nuclear triad, the land, air, and sea-based systems present in a traditional nuclear arsenal.

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tweet, responding to an NBC News story he insisted was inaccurate, the president called for the revocation of the network’s broadcast licenses. A few hours later while speaking in the Oval Office, Trump expanded on that theme. “It is frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write, and people should look into it,” he said.President Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday, bashing what he says are 'fake news' reports citing that his Chief of Staff John Kelly would 'soon be fired.' Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland).

Shapiro’s long list of differences include “requiring broadcast media to broadcast hours of mandatory programming at Chavez’s whim using the regulations meant for national disasters, having colectivos of chavista thugs attack individual reporters in the field, hold demos in front of TV stations, cancel licenses, then prohibit those stations from using cable TV to broadcast, buying critical newspapers and TV stations, and threatening the other holdings of the media owners if they didn’t back down.”

Fiorina hemmed and hawed, deflected and redirected, doing anything not to say what everyone knew — that Trump with the nuclear codes was a horrible idea. Jeb Bush also cowered when the question was put to him. But Rand Paul was forthright and forceful, saying:“Now Chicago is out of control, I don’t know what they’re doing in Chicago,” he told Hannity Wednesday. “This many shootings and this many killings and all of the different things that are going on.”

The United States currently has 6,800 nuclear weapons deployed worldwide, a number that includes Minuteman III missiles sitting in silos across the Midwest, Trident D-5 submarine launched ballistic missiles on patrol in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, nuclear-tipped cruise missiles on B-52 bombers, and nuclear free-fall bombs.Trump calls for ‘tip-top shape’ nukes, NK claims ‘balance of power’ with US

But can a U.S. president revoke or strip a network’s broadcast license?

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