Donald Trump said NBC should lose its broadcast license after the network's news division reported on comments he allegedly made about radically expanding the U.S.'s nuclear arsenal during a national security meeting. I want it in flawless shape.
"I'm a person in the West Wing who's never actually uttered the words 'fake news, ' 'enemy of the people, ' 'opposition party.' I don't speak that way, '" Conway said during a talk at Fortune's Most Powerful Women summit in Washington, D.C.
But on Capitol Hill, Republican lawmakers found the discussion amusing.
"This kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible". "The bias is spectacular, and for the president to point that out - it should be an obvious recognition on all our parts".
The threat provoked widespread anger on social media and elsewhere with many attacking the president for directly challenging the First Amendment, which guarantees the freedom of the press.
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"Don't conflate 'revocation, ' which is taking away a license mid-term, with renewal, which is when a challenge could be filed", Georgetown Law lecturer Andrew Schwartzman, an attorney who specializes in media and telecommunications policy, told Ars today. "He's got the right to free speech, too", Rep. Ron Estes from Kansas told TIME.
Huckabee's comments came hours after Trump tweeted: "Why isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country tos ee why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!"
The president has always been a critic of the media's coverage of him, often referring to stories about him as "fake news". "Commentary has replaced the news".
In a February interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Conway bemoaned "fake news" coverage of the Trump administration and defined it as "presumptive negativity about us".
"They're a flawless example, by the way", he continued, getting excited. "Right now we have so many nuclear weapons I want them in flawless condition, ideal state". We don't think they do news at all.
"The media is all about getting the next click, or the next view. It was the idea of focus", a source told NBC, explaining that the thinking was that "maybe we need to slow down a little and explain the whole world". "It's a societal crisis that we're in".