Trump’s attack on NBC could result in a chilling effect
Oct. 11, 2017
President Donald Trump attacked NBC on Twitter, calling for a challenge and potential revocation of their license.
Though the threat has no tangible value – national news networks don’t carry broadcast licenses, individual stations do – First Amendment lawyer Dan Barr believes the Trump’s statements could still be in violation of the network’s right to freedom of speech.
Now that the NBC has been singled out, they might be more hesitant to release stories the president would find unflattering, according to Barr. This type of intimidation is known as a chilling effect, and if challenged in court, the president’s threats could be ruled in violation of the First Amendment.