PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Calling their news “partisan, distorted and fake,” President Trump has suggested some broadcast networks should be taken off the air. The administration’s point man on communications policy is now weighing in.
“I believe in the First Amendment. The FCC, under my leadership, will stand for the First Amendment,” said Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai.READ MORE: Student Shoots Himself In Leg Inside West Philadelphia School With Metal Detectors, Police Say
Pai says the government does not have the authority to revoke a broadcast station’s license.
“…based on the content of a particular newscast,” Pai said.Man Shot, Killed Inside West Philadelphia Corner Store, Police Say
Anyway, networks don’t have licenses; individual stations do and are up for renewal every eight years.
Pai didn’t mention the president by name in the discussion hosted by George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, but he was asked whether his commission has a role in policing news content and deciding what’s “fake.”
“Traditionally that has not been within the FCC’s jurisdiction,” he said.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia High School Works To Return Native American Remains
Pai noted the Fairness Doctrine — the long-retired rule mandating broadcasters present more than one side to controversial issues — was an “affront” to First Amendment, not to mention an administrative nightmare.