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FCC Commissioner Says Protection of First Amendment 'Essential' After Trump Threats

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Jessica Rosenworcel. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 15 October 2017 04:43 PM

An FCC commissioner has hit back at President Donald Trump’s suggestion that the licenses of “fake” network news should be revoked, telling CNN on Sunday that it is crucial to protect the First Amendment.

"I think it's essential that the FCC and all that it does is careful to abide by the First Amendment when it engages in any kind of policies involving broadcast licensees," said Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the FCC’s five commissioners.

She was reacting to a tweet sent out by Trump last week.

“It's important to realize that the Supreme Court characterizes our First Amendment as a profound national commitment to having robust, uninhibited and wide-open debate and you know, that debate can sometimes be hard hitting for public officials," Rosenworcel said. “It is absolutely essential that we support the first amendment and everything that the FCC does."

When asked why the other commissioners have not spoken out on the issue, Rosenworcel said, “I do think that history won’t be kind to silence, and I think it's important for all the commissioners to make clear that they support the First Amendment, and that the agency will not revoke a broadcast license simply because the president is dissatisfied with the licensee’s coverage."

Rosenworcel pointed out that in any case licenses are not given out to networks, only to local stations, and that the criteria for receiving one is that a station comply with FCC rules and policy, which has nothing to do with supporting the policies of a particular president or administration.

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An FCC commissioner has hit back at President Donald Trump's suggestion that the licenses of "fake" network news should be revoked, telling CNN on Sunday that it is crucial to protect the First Amendment.
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