Trump threatens to target licenses of ‘NBC and the Networks’ after nuclear arsenal report

by Brooke Singman
October 11, 2017

President Trump openly threatened Wednesday to go after the licenses of “NBC and the Networks,” as he ratcheted up his complaints about “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!” Trump tweeted.

This was after he challenged the accuracy of an NBC News report that said he sought a “nearly tenfold increase” in the nuclear arsenal during a summer meeting.

“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!” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

57 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • uhptony says:

    Finally! It is about time that the license for CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and any other so-called news agency should be suspended for a minimum of 90 days and then if they don’t get their act together terminate their license completely. It probably won’t take but one or two suspensions to bring them all into line as representing the American people.

  • Pete Bundy says:

    I wonder if the people who leak this or any other sensitive information can be charged with treason?

  • Askjrsk says:

    We need regulations. FCC should have private companies monitoring for propaganda. Hitler used the media to further his agenda. Like Obama who had a pen and a phone, Hitler had a pen a megaphone and a field radio. They both had a third reich, Obama called his illegals czars, and both ruined their respective countries.

  • tryscavage says:

    Just let them keep on lying but expose them. They alone are the greatest reason President Trump keeps on winning. CNN. MSNBC, ABC, CBS are now known through out the world as complete liars. It is too late for them unless they publically fire all of their anchors and presidents and vice presidents and even if they did THAT everyone would assume they are lying about that as well. In the past for awhile they sold people on their lies and that is why they continue. However, those days a gone now and the people, the voters know who they are and will never believe them even if they even said something truthful which is basically impossible.

  • CrustyOldGeezer says:

    And rescind the policy that was changed to allow selling of advertising time during the news broadcasts.
    Before the news was a public service twice a day for at least 30 minutes each as a “Condition of their broadcast license”.
    That changed under Johnson or Kennedy and the PROPAGANDA ARM of the democrat party was born.
    Within months they had race riots across the nation and have fomented racism since day one.

  • Tiger says:

    About time this is addressed. I feel like I am living in Nazi Germany.

    1. Worried Vet says:

      Tiger your more right than you know. Antifa is a joke because they act just like Hitler’s Gestapo and SS. They and the fascist media are pushing the nazi way more than the ones they call Nazis today. Trump has put the kabash on most of this and we pray every day for potus to be protected from the lying, cheating, Nazi swamp. The swamp and elites are running scared and with the Steve pushing to get rinos out their crapping their pants and pant suits. I love it. Strange was first and i pray corker, Mitch, McCain, Ryan and many other rinos are gone next election. Then Trump can really make America great again.

      1. Tiger says:

        Oh I am well aware of what Antifa is, they are in Europe doing the same thing they do here. Many European countries are forcing Soros organizations and Soros out.

    2. Askjrsk says:

      Obama had a pen and a phone and illegal czars. Hitler had a pen a megaphone and the third reich. Quite similar dictators.

  • Humble Servant says:

    The media today are not journalists but opinion driven talk shows. I don’t think they should shut them down but I would make them change their CNN News channel name to the CNN Opinion Talk Show. This will let the people not invested in America realize they are not listening to news but opinions. This way you can prosecute the news channels for fake news because they are causing panic and rioting in the streets and the opinion shows will be allowed to talk free.
    This may be a better way to provide honest journalistic news outlets to provide the truth and the rest is nothing morn than Saturday night live.
    This will also provide a means of taking news organizations to court for lying without the violating their first amendment rights.

    I don’t want a broad stroke ability to stop all reporting because we don’t like what the DNC is doing because if this gets turned upside down in a few years we want the ability to report without the government intruding on our first amendment freedoms.

    1. MidnightDStroyer says:

      “…change their CNN News channel name to the CNN Opinion Talk Show.”
      In that case, they may as well change their call letters: They aren’t the Cable News Network, so make them change to Cable Opinion Network. Make them at least be honest about acting like the CON they are.

  • Joseph R. Davis says:

    How surprising. News is “fake news” because President S**t-Bird says so. And the saddest part? LeeRoy and Daisy Mae actually BELIEVE what Trump says.

    1. Navy Bob says:

      You are with out a doubt the most hate filled, illiterate moron ever to post on any message stream. Stay in your parents basement and speak to your friends, the rats and roaches, will you? Either that or gat a job and contribute to society.

      1. Askjrsk says:

        Down vote the moron Joseph R Davis. The biggest insult I’d go be thought of as do stupid to be simply ignored.

  • Joseph R. Davis says:

    So…Supreme Leader Trump is going after the news media. Not surprising, considering that Trump wants to be dictator.

    1. harry says:


  • astrojohn says:

    I can hear the “Fascist” uproar already…would we miss the nets? Nope…

  • bobnstuff says:

    I sure hope he does try to go after NBC’s license. It will just prove how clueless he is. NBC has sources, more then one and they can produce them if they go to court. Trump doesn’t have the power to just pull licenses, it’s the FCC that licenses broadcasting and there are rules. finally none of this makes any difference since each station has the license not the network.

    1. astrojohn says:

      …and he can ask the FCC to review the licensing, stupid!

      1. bobnstuff says:

        The Network doesn’t have a license to review. Stupid. It’s each station that holds the license.

        1. chw2000 says:

          You really are stupid, AND an ass hole!

    2. Stash Holly says:

      Collusion by NBC and the DNC is illegal. I have an FCC License with special Endorsement and because the Soviet Union used Pravda to spread Propaganda. Of course the alphabet networks are all communist leaning and need to answer for their help in Anti American activities.

      1. bobnstuff says:

        TV networks are not licensed, there is no license to take away. Also you do know that these networks are all capitalist business with stocks and shareholders. The are in business for one reason and one reason only to make money.

        1. Stash Holly says:

          You are correct basically, think of it more as NBC and your local License held by each franchise or local station. If you remember when Janet Jackson did her strip act, the FCC was going to fine each Local station and the Locals in turn threaten to drop the Network for Violating the morals clause. So the Shareholders held the CEO responsible and he resigned and the FCC dropped the Charges. That was not the entire GOP and President threatening Their License. The FCC Chair is appointed or serves at the Pleasure of the President.

          1. bobnstuff says:

            You just proved you know more about how the broadcast industry works then the President does.

          2. granvillea says:

            Once again with the lies. The major networks ALL own the major market stations in their networks and as a result are subject to FCC regulation, but you are probably either too biased to admit that or your Media Matters bosses haven’t informed you of that in their talking points you love to spout, or you are simply dumber than dirt. Likely some combination of all three.

          3. chw2000 says:

            Knows much more than you. You’re just a bag of shit and an ass hole!

        2. granvillea says:

          Except the Networks now own the major market licenses for their stations, but why confuse yourself with actual facts instead of the lying drivel you like to spread.

          1. bobnstuff says:

            “The Federal Communications Commission is in charge of licensing television stations, but it only grants licenses to local stations and not their national network affiliates. And even though NBC’s local stations do rely on FCC licenses, it would be highly unusual for the agency to revoke a license based on a broadcaster’s content.”

            “Not how it works,” Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel tweeted in response to the president.


          2. granvillea says:

            Notice Democratic FCC Commissioner, we’ll see. Also since the main value the Networks hold is the Broadcast licenses in the major metro areas stripping them of their licenses would effectively destroy the major networks and yes the local stations can be held liable for the content provided by the networks particularly when they are one and the same. Give up liar, you are caught.

          3. bobnstuff says:

            NBC owns and operates 15 stations of which 8 are major market. NBC own about 8% of the networks 250 plus outlets. NBC is part of a much bigger company and losing those few stations wouldn’t effect the corporate bottom line all that much. You see they are NBCUniversal and besides the NBC network the are also Universal Studios. The have 30 cable channels. If that isn’t big enough for you they are owned by Comcast. Do you think they are afraid of Donald J Trump?

            Now as far as the FCC pulling their licenses, it will not happen. The courts would block it, if it came to it. Trump is only the president, not a dictator and this isn’t Russia. NBC can back up their story and even if they couldn’t no FCC rules have been broken. If there was a rule against lying on TV, Fox would have been off the air years ago. On more then one occasion Fox has admitted to lying and in fact claimed not to be a News Network. I’m sure no one at NBC is losing any sleep over Trump threat.

          4. granvillea says:

            The 15 Stations represent more than 45% of the viewing audience of the Network so to compare it to 250 plus outlets is misleading in the extreme (of course typical of all your comments). You yank those licenses NBC has zero positive value. That is a fact.

          5. bobnstuff says:

            Could you please give me a link to that information. I would very much like to see the source.

          6. granvillea says:

            You actually need a link to figure out that the 15 largest Metropolitan Markets represent 45% or more of the US population, what short bus did you crawl out of.

          7. bobnstuff says:

            Only 8 of their stations are major market and their stations are only a very small part of the company profits. Content is a bigger part plus cable stations. It makes no difference since it has been pointed out that pulling their licenses isn’t one of the presidents power. That pesky constitution gets in Trumps way again.

        3. gvette says:

          Once again you’re full of shit Bob. You should get your head checked. It’s happening more all the time. I think it’s from all that propaganda you get from your news sources. Read this.

          1. bobnstuff says:

            I know the Funny Cookie Company’s rules. That’s what the DJ’s called them back when I worked in radio. You gave the link so I guess you read the rule, where does it deal while truth in what is broadcasting. I have read a few licenses apps over the years and honesty isn’t part of them.


            Here is a link to WNBC last license app.


          2. gvette says:

            Your words were,”but it only grants licenses to local stations and not their national network affiliates”.
            The article I gave you says different. If they broadcast, they have to have a license.
            When you worked in radio? What, you took out the trash?

          3. bobnstuff says:

            Networks don’t broadcast, they create content that is sent to the stations for broadcast. WNBC is the flagship station for the NBC network and is owned by NBCUniversal which in turn is owned by Comcast. You know there address, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 7th Floor
            New York, NY 10112

            I have been on air a WDFM State College 91.1 FM and was an account rep at WIXZ 1360 The Voice of the Mon Valley. WIXZ is where Rush got his start. I have also done a lot of copy writing, been a writer producer and have done some TV commercials. Just so you know the guy who takes out the trash make more then the DJ’s in most stations.

    3. Navy Bob says:

      If your boy Obama can use the IRS to go after his political enemies, why can’t Trump use the FCC? Or how about the way you Libbies were demanding action against Fox News during the Obama reign because they believe the emperor had no clothes on? If NBC is in violation of the licensing agreement, if they are purposefully lying and making stuff up, should not their license be pulled? Or is it because they feel they can lie about President Trump all they wish to with no consequences simply because it is the current trend in vogue with you and yours?

      1. bobnstuff says:

        You need to keep up with the news. it turns out the liberal groups got the same treatment as the conservative one did from the IRS. This is based on an investigation done by the republican congress.

        Here’s the thing, Trump casn’t use the FCC to go after a Network, they have no license to take away. You also need to read up on the Fox story, it was a station in Florida that ended up in court, not the whole network. The problem is this stuff that Trump says is the truth, Trump is clueless and make stupid statements all the time. He doesn’t think before he opens his mouth. You can’t blame the media for reporting on it. Just go read his Tweets if you have any doubts.

        1. granvillea says:

          You sir are a liar. There is simply no other word for it. The IRS targeted conservative groups more than 100-1 and any report that was not totally biased in itself reported that. The Minority Report from the House and Senate both claimed differently but included no numbers or statistical analysis, just the one or two “examples” where the IRS either accidentally or by chance caught a liberal group vs. the clear targeting of every group that had the name Tea Party, Patriot, Federalist, Constitutional or Conservative in their name.

          1. granvillea says:

            The minority report from the Senate ginned up by the lying Democrats go on keep lying loser.

          2. gvette says:

            LMAO…the Huff, and puff post. Get real.

          3. Askjrsk says:

            Simply down vote bobinballs and all the morons. Move on!! They get their jollies throwing off meaningful conversation with their insanity.

        2. harry says:


          1. bobnstuff says:

            When Trump did a good job on 9/11 everyone said so. The problem is Trumps big mouth. If he would stay on track when making speeches and if he would stop Tweeting he wouldn’t get lambasted so much.

          2. gvette says:

            Here’s the list Bob.

          3. bobnstuff says:

            Interesting list, a lot is BS but interesting never the less. I will be nice and only pick on the first thing,
            labor force participation rate of 63.1%. Had this list been about Obama you would have pointed out how low it was and that 36.9% are unemployed and that is the real unemployment rate. At one time this number was 68.6%. We are only .3 percent above the rate that was the worst in 40 years. I guess for Trump this is a good number since he is behind on job creation.

            To be fair Trump can’t be blamed for the employment numbers. He has done nothing to cause them or for that matter to help them. There is a lot of talk but little action. All those regulations he is getting rid of hasn’t happened yet if at all and in many cases the industries don’t want the regulation to go. We have had no job bills, no job creating actions that Trump promised.

            You are really working hard to give Trump credit for things he had nothing to do with or that mean nothing. There have been some good thing happen in the last year and a few Trump was involved in but for every good thing he does he does 10 stupid things. For every move to help the economy he does more things that hurt the works.

            Thank you for the link, as I say it’s interesting.

        3. chw2000 says:

          You’re full of shit! The liberal groups got a pass ass hole and you know it. Youi’re a bag of shit and a liar. A liberal fool and an ASS HOLE!

    4. gvette says:

      LOL..Bob, NBC twisted Trumps words. You still thrive on left lies!

      1. bobnstuff says:

        Did you watch the report on NBC? I don’t think you did. Nothing was twisted by them but rather by those reporting on the story. The story goes that some one brought out a chart of our nukes history and Trump saw what we once had and said I would like to have what we had back then. This cause a history lesson to be taught to the president. This also caused the S of S to comment on his way out about Trumps statement and the president understanding of things. Is there any reason to doubt that this could have happened knowing what the president is like. It is consistent with Trump statements in the past.

  • Dea Whyte-Mansburten says:

    FINALLY! Listen. I believe in a free press…but NOT in a LYING press. I say jerk their licenses and get the FBI to investigate DNC collusion with the media.

    The saddest thing about 2016 was America’s utter loss of objective journalism…and I’m NOT referring to Hillary’s twist on this fact. I’m referring to EVERY MSM OUTLET’s CAMPAIGNING FOR HILLARY NONSTOP! The only single slightly negative thing the press managed to cover was Hillary’s drunken stumbling routine. I never heard ONE SINGLE positive remark about Trump on the nightly news. The MSM seriously misjudged that Americans had learned to shop for objectivity online, and no longer relied on the partisan wonks at CNN, MSNBC, etc.

    In previous elections, we wouldn’t have needed Wikileaks to be our watchdog. Cronkite would have investigated into Hillary’s email scandals & collusion with the DNC against Sanders during the Demwit primary

    1. Paul Nickerson says:


    2. Marilynn Reeves says:

      You are completely right. The late night shows have gotten so bad on the big 3 I just quite watching.

  • The Redhawk says:

    Finally!!! All it takes is ONE to be taught a lesson and the rest like the Alphabet, CNN etc might get a lesson on HONEST JOURNALISM free of POLITICAL “HORES Lying about their Made up news…

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