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Luján Calls On FCC To Reject Threat To Revoke NBC’s Broadcast License

on October 12, 2017 - 8:30am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement after President Trump suggested in a tweet that the government should “challenge” the broadcast licenses for NBC and other network outlets:
“I am both shocked and disappointed that President Trump today suggested the revocation of a major network’s broadcast license because he doesn’t like the negative light in which he has been portrayed in their newscasts. The President has previously asserted that members of the press are America’s enemies, and it is obvious he would like to silence any news coverage with which he disagrees.”
“In my opinion, this threat flies in the face of the most basic and sacred tenets of a free and open society. I am sure in the coming days, the White House staff will scramble to explain away the President’s hostile threat as simply a joke or a misunderstanding. But when the leader of the free world threatens to silence a news organization, it should send a chill down the backs of all freedom-loving people – no matter what their political party or affiliation.”
“The FCC is responsible for maintaining broadcast licenses, and I call on Chairman Pai to immediately reject and repudiate the President’s disturbing threat – and to do so in no uncertain terms.”
“Earlier this year, as a preventive measure, I introduced the Protecting Dissenting Viewpoints and Voices Act, which would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – or any other government agency or individual – from taking action against broadcasters or others on the basis of their viewpoint. It is essential to ensure that American media outlets are protected from government reprisals based on their points of view – a fact that has been brought into sharp focus today.”