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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:03 PM

Trump Threatens TV Stations If They Air Coronavirus Response Criticism

 BY JASON EASLEY

Trump Threatens TV Stations If They Air Coronavirus Response Criticism

Trump is threatening to take away licenses from television stations if they air an ad that is critical of his response to the coronavirus.

Via Bloomberg:

https://www.politicususa.com/2020/03/26/trump-threatens-tv-stations-if-they-air-coronavirus-response-criticism.html

"SNIP.....

The Trump re-election campaign told TV stations they could lose their operating licenses for airing an ad criticizing the president’s actions in the coronavirus crisis — a challenge that may be more bluster than actual threat.

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Failure to remove the ad “could put your station’s license in jeopardy” before the Federal Communications Commission, the campaign said in the letter. “Your station has an obligation to cease and desist from airing it immediately to comply with FCC licensing requirements.”

There are a couple of huge problems with the Trump campaign’s threat. First, the President doesn’t have the power to take licenses away from television stations. Second, the ad is free speech. It is criticism of the government that is protected by the Constitution. If Trump tried to take a license away from a broadcaster for airing the ad, the issue would go to court, Trump would lose.

......SNIP"

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Reply Trump Threatens TV Stations If They Air Coronavirus Response Criticism (Original post)
applegrove Mar 26 OP
hlthe2b Mar 26 #1
idziak4ever1234 Mar 26 #2
budkin Mar 26 #3
58Sunliner Mar 26 #4
malaise Mar 26 #5
MontanaMama Mar 26 #7
malaise Mar 26 #10
MontanaMama Mar 26 #12
Brainfodder Mar 26 #8
malaise Mar 26 #13
Brainfodder Mar 26 #16
Laelth Mar 26 #6
I_UndergroundPanther Mar 26 #22
Laelth Mar 26 #24
I_UndergroundPanther Mar 26 #29
Laelth Mar 27 #43
brush Mar 26 #9
Iliyah Mar 26 #11
IllinoisBirdWatcher Mar 26 #14
Firestorm49 Mar 26 #18
Moostache Mar 26 #26
bubbazero Mar 26 #15
Firestorm49 Mar 26 #17
kentuck Mar 26 #19
Marrah_Goodman Mar 26 #20
SledDriver Mar 26 #21
Pobeka Mar 26 #23
stillcool Mar 26 #25
Talitha Mar 26 #27
kacekwl Mar 26 #28
Hermit-The-Prog Mar 26 #30
crickets Mar 27 #46
Initech Mar 26 #31
struggle4progress Mar 26 #32
Traildogbob Mar 26 #33
colorado_ufo Mar 26 #34
BigmanPigman Mar 26 #35
sprinkleeninow Mar 26 #36
Midnight Writer Mar 26 #37
47of74 Mar 26 #38
Liberal In Texas Mar 26 #39
Thomas Hurt Mar 26 #40
gratuitous Mar 26 #41
BobTheSubgenius Mar 26 #42
colsohlibgal Mar 27 #44
spanone Mar 27 #45
ck4829 Mar 27 #47
Gothmog Mar 27 #48

Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:04 PM

1. F off, Trump. No court would uphold such BS. They know it is an empty threat.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:06 PM

2. There are a lot of things he wasn't supposed to do but did anyway. Will he actually succeed?

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:06 PM

3. NO ONE GAF

Tough shit Trump

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:07 PM

4. Such an ugly little POS.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:07 PM

5. Please proceed asshole

You're history anyway

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Response to malaise (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:09 PM

7. malaise, you have a way with words.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:13 PM

10. LOL

The worst part of this is that said media will give him free time for more BS come tomorrow

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Response to malaise (Reply #10)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:14 PM

12. You think they would have learned

their lesson from 2016.

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Response to malaise (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:10 PM

8. I suppose we have to see if they bend over?

He's trying to squelch the press?

In 2020?


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Response to Brainfodder (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:14 PM

13. If they were serious they would not cover another propaganda session

but they like the circus

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Response to malaise (Reply #13)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:29 PM

16. A "captive" audience...

Ratings must be OK+ or they'd say fuck it?

I only watch it for knowledge of his continued BS'n and laughs.

He repeats that BS about inheriting a broken system in reference to the virus, meanwhile he broke it?

Reporters should all be shaking their heads every time, it's like they don't know anything and just ask what they are told to?

I know, they have to ride the fence, because he can just remove them.

Classic Catch-22!











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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:08 PM

6. Such a BULLY!

Someone needs to punch him in the nose—just once—to teach him some manners.

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:49 PM

22. I would not be allowed

Among the press corps to do it,sadly. So I punch his ugly face a 100,000 times in my mind.

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Response to I_UndergroundPanther (Reply #22)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:57 PM

24. That will have to do, I suppose.

But I remain convinced that he could become a slightly better person if someone punched him in the nose, for real, just once.

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #24)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:55 PM

29. I agree he's a sniveling bully

Just the kind of shit I would enjoy punching the daylights out of.
I'd probably knock him the fuck out with the anger I feel about his bullshit. Probably would scuttle behind pence to hide from me..hopefully the secret service guys would be looking elsewhere.
Lol.

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Response to I_UndergroundPanther (Reply #29)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 09:14 AM

43. Then he would hide behind his lawyers.

He would sue you.

-Laelth

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:13 PM

9. Poor wittle Donnie, everyone's always picking on him.

Fuck him. He can't do shit for ads running his own words.
His career-long tactic of suing to get away from his own incompetence won't work here.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:13 PM

11. Tell the facts . . .

American lives depend on it . . . .

t-rump is a sick MF.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:16 PM

14. Here is the ad. Make sure to share it often.

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Response to IllinoisBirdWatcher (Reply #14)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:31 PM

18. Thanks. I was hoping I'd see it in my marketplace, and there it was. I applauded for 20 seconds.

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Response to IllinoisBirdWatcher (Reply #14)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:17 PM

26. Wish I could link it to my sig... (n/t)

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:27 PM

15. Do it Donald

Just try and remove 1 TV station's license for airing a commercial ad consisting of quotes from you. Do it, Donald--DO IT--YOU CHICKENSHIT--DO IT---SEE WHAT HAPPENS!

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:30 PM

17. Poor boy. Who's the fricking snowflake now?

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:31 PM

19. Just trying to intimidate...

Like when he calls the reporters "terrible"...

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:31 PM

20. He can't do that

even if he wanted too.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:39 PM

21. Snowflake

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:52 PM

23. Then the stations should also air Trump's license threat before and after the ad! n/t

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:59 PM

25. such an asshole...

just makes me want to watch it more, and more, and more, and more. If there were a tv station that just played that ad, I would leave it on 24/7.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:19 PM

27. Toxic Toddler is throwing a tantrum.



You're a useless eater, donnie.

STFU and go lick some doorknobs.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:29 PM

28. Seriously, when are them , we, everybody going

to tell this child to fuck off ? Why is the world afraid of this sad excuse for a human ? Seriously what can he do it everyone tells him fuck off dick.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:03 PM

30. Remember Adam Schiff's warning during the impeachment trial? trump's doing it.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #30)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:09 PM

46. Of course he is. nt

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:04 PM

31. Um... we have this thing called the First Amendment.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:11 PM

32. I guess the Trummkopfts will like this, but they're a dying breed

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:26 PM

33. Of course they will.......

Stop airing his actual words, right after Fox News will cease ALL day long lies. If there ever was a reason to take away a broadcast license it would be a Russisn propaganda grand central network. Without Fox, trump would be impeached, and in prison before Summer's end. He and his spawn would be done in this country without Fox.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:26 PM

34. This is not the first time!

Months and months ago, Stephen Colbert (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), in his monologue, called Trump "Putin's c*ck holster." That drew criticism, and CBS had him somewhat apologize. However, after Trump threatened to pull CBS's broadcasting license, it appeared that the network "turned loose the Kraken" in Colbert. His monologues have been merciless and without restraint, and a huge relief to my ongoing anger and contempt. Miss him!

Just try to pull those licenses - just try it!

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:27 PM

35. But we can't threaten him? Sue him? Why?

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:29 PM

36. Bulbous and orange baboon bum.

Except theirs are naturally cuter.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:30 PM

37. Trump studies under Rush. Rush has often said half his audience is people who hate him.

It's about capturing ears and eyeballs.

You can't convert'm til you get'm into the church.

You can't sell'm the car until you get'm onto the lot.

It's a salesman gimmick, a con job.

Getting attention is all he's got.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:32 PM

38. Fucker can dish it out but he can't take it....

...fuck you Trump

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:35 PM

39. TV station owners have always been terrified of having their licenses challenged.

They'll do about anything to keep that from happening. As we used to say in the TV biz, "A license to broadcast is a license to print money."
If they lose the license, that gravy train goes away. Most of them are likely to cave.

This is nothing short of a dictator throttling the press.


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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:43 PM

40. Abuse of the Office of the POTUS

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:46 PM

41. It's the Trump campaign making these threats

And they don't have any power to penalize FCC regulated outlets.

But maybe someone should ask Trump why his campaign is indulging in empty threats.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:15 PM

42. Truth is an absolute defense against charges of libel or slander.

What is there about that ad isn't true?

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Response to BobTheSubgenius (Reply #42)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 10:26 AM

44. This

He actually said those ridiculous lies. And his ridiculous lie about what he meant when he called it a “Democrat Hoax” is laughable.

The Tape doesn’t lie Fat Orange Donnie, you can’t grift your way out of this.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 10:27 AM

45. Dictator don thinks he's already been installed.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:10 PM

47. Air it

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:45 PM

48. trump cannot touch these stations FCC licenses

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