Donald Trump just tweeted a threat to pull the license of NBC News and other media outlets for what he refers to as fake news…
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
So, this is where people call him brilliant because “Hey look, he’s trolling the press!” And I get that. The media, as a whole, is terrible (see Hugh Hewitt Owns MSNBC on Media Bias. Joe Scarborough Loses it and SURPRISE! Harvard Study Highlights Mainstream Media’s Anti-Trump Bias. It’s Yuge…). I totally get the initial reaction to throw your MAGA hat in the air and wave it like you just don’t care.
But let me ask you this. What if it’s not President Trump? What if it’s President Cory Booker or President Elizabeth Warren, and they’re talking about CRTV and #MugClub? Because that’s basically what he’s saying. Agreeing that it’s acceptable for a president from our tribe to say something like this only makes it easier and acceptable for the next president from the other tribe to do the same.
And we shouldn’t tolerate any elected official, let alone the President of the United States, to say anything that could weaken the First Amendment. That’s what Trump’s tweet this morning does. Now is not the time to celebrate Trump. We’re a nation of laws and rights. Not a nation of political hero worship.
Saying it’s ok for President Trump to say/do this is no different than saying it’s ok for President Bernie Sanders to shut us down for videos like this: