Experts Push Back After Trump Says ‘People Should Look Into’ the Press Being Allowed to ‘Write Whatever They Want’


'It's Frankly Disgusting the Way the Press Is Able to Write Whatever They Want to Write' Says Trump

President Donald Trump expanded his attack on the First Amendment and NBC News Wednesday afternoon. In a joint press event with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Trump said it's "frankly disgusting" that the press in America is allowed to report the news as it sees fit. President trump is among the greatest purveyors of what he calls "fake news," telling on average about five falsehoods a day.

"That was just fake news by NBC, which gives a lot of fake news lately," Trump told reporters, in response to a story that the president wanted to increase America's nuclear arsenal tenfold. "It's frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write. And people should look into it."

It's unclear what "people" Trump is referring to. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press. Earlier Wednesday he called for NBC News' "license" to be reviewed, presumably believing that the FCC might revoke it because he does not care for their reporting.

"The press should speak more honestly," Trump continued. "I mean, I've seen [a] tremendously dishonest press. It's not even a question of distortion. And then they have their sources that don't exist, in my opinion, they don't exist. They make up the sources. There are no sources."

Trump actually used to pretend to be his own publicist, and would talk to reporters as if he were "John Miller."

The Hill reports that "Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), noted that the president does not have the power to pull a broadcasting license."

Meanwhile, other experts warned that Trump is entering dangerous territory by threatening the press: 

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press - 

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