Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said his agency doesn’t have the authority to revoke a broadcast network’s license based on content, in response to a recent tweet by President Donald Trump.
“Under the law, the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on the content of a particular newscast,” Pai said at an event sponsored by AT&T. “I believe in the First Amendment. The FCC under my leadership will stand for the First Amendment.”
President Trump tweeted last week that the FCC should investigate revoking NBC’s broadcasting license after NBC News published a story that said he had called for a ten-fold increase in the nation’s nuclear stockpile.
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
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel also tweeted “Not how it works,” in response to the president.
Pai was also asked if the FCC had a role in determining what constitutes “fake news.”
“Traditionally, that has not been within the FCC jurisdiction,” the chairman replied.