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CNN’s Stelter on Trump Suggesting Revocation of Broadcast Licenses: ‘That Is Against the First Amendment’ and ‘Un-American’

CNN Senior Media Correspondent and “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter reacted to President Trump’s tweet about revoking the licenses of broadcast news networks by saying Trump’s statement goes against the First Amendment and “un-American.”

Stelter said, “You could say he’s just venting. He is increasingly angry at the honest, accurate coverage of his presidency and his White House in crisis. But we should take his words seriously. He is suggesting that networks, specifically local stations, should have their licenses revoked, and presumably given to pro-Trump owners. That is against the First Amendment, and it’s un-American. It is the talk of an autocrat, not the talk of a Western democratic leader.”

He added that it was shameful that while the US State Department is speaking out on behalf of jailed journalists in Turkey, the president is contradicting them.

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