Donald Trump threatens to channels that broadcast “fake news” to take away their license

The image of Donald Trump aired on screens in an electronics store in Seoul (illustration). — Ahn Young-joon/AP/SIPA

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Information “totally false”

“NBC News has invented a story,” said Donald Trump in a tweet on Wednesday morning. “Fiction complete, aimed to do harm. NBC = CNN ! “he added, before questioning openly about the possibility of removing their licences to certain media.

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017

“With all the news on the fake news which will be released on NBC and the networks, at what point is it appropriate to take away their license ? Bad for the country ! “

General Jim Mattis, the Defence secretary, abounded in the same sense, stating that such information was ” totally false “. “This kind of items incorrect is irresponsible,” he added in a brief statement. On several occasions during the campaign and after his election, Donald Trump had revived the specter of a new nuclear arms race. The United States must greatly strengthen and increase their nuclear capability, ” he launched into a tweet at the end of December.

“Calling into question” the permissions of broadcast

The billionaire is taken with virulence specific to the press. “It’s frankly sickening how the press can write whatever she wants,” he said from the oval Office, where he received the canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau. A few hours earlier, he had mentioned, in a tweet, the ability to “call into question” the permissions for the broadcast of certain television channels, referred to as ” partisan “.

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Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to the public!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017

Would he impose restrictions on the freedom of the press ? “No,” he answered from the oval Office. “The press should be more honest, I’ve seen a press that is incredibly dishonest “, he added.