Trump's threat to revoke NBC's television license is music to the ears of dictators like Putin and Maduro
MiamiHerald / Late Venezuelan populist demagogue Hugo Chávez must have cheered in his grave when President Donald Trump made a veiled threat to pull NBC off the air for spreading news he dislikes. That’s exactly what Chávez did, and what most Third World dictators do.

Trump’s Oct. 11 statement on Twitter raised the possibility of not renewing NBC’s license, much like Chávez did when he shut down Venezuela’s RCTV network in 2007, claiming that it was airing fake news.

"With all the fake news coming out of NBC and the networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their license?" Trump asked. Later that day, Trump escalated his attack, writing that "network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked."

These may be empty threats dropped by Trump — networks don’t hold licenses but individual stations do — to divert public attention from the fact that he’s increasingly perceived as an incompetent president. His approval rating is 38 percent, according to the latest Gallup poll.

Trump's threat to revoke NBC's television license is music to the ears of dictators like Putin and Maduro

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