Democratic lawmakers yesterday followed in President Trump's footsteps by asking the Federal Communications Commission to consider revoking licenses from a broadcaster.
While Trump called for the FCC to consider revoking NBC licenses because of "fake news" in October 2017, Senate Democrats asked Pai yesterday to consider revoking licenses from the right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai shot the request down, telling Democrats that he will stand up for First Amendment press freedoms and that the FCC doesn't have the authority to revoke licenses based on the content of newscasts.
In October, Pai initially avoided making any statement in response to Trump, despite repeated requests from journalists and lawmakers.
Pai finally addressed the matter six days after Trump's threat to NBC, when he was put on the spot in a public panel discussion.
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