- Bingo Barnes
- President Donald Trump threatened to use his power over broadcast licenses Wednesday to retaliate against NBC News for its reporting on his consideration of a dramatic increase of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
"With all of the fake news coming out of NBC and the networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their license?" Trump asked, via Twitter.
The answer of course is never. Presidents don't have any say about how a television network runs its operation. The Federal Communications Commission regulates licenses for individual stations.
Trump doubled down this morning, tweeting, "The fake news is going all out in order to demean and denigrate. Such hatred!"
Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
- The New York Times reports that The Weinstein Company knew about Harvey Weinstein's behavior for at least two years before The Times reported on Weinstein's repeated exploitation of women. According toThe Times, interviews and internal company records reveal that the company knew about Weinstein's payoffs to young women so that they would remain quiet about the inappropriate encounters. Former Weinstein attorney David Boies said in an interview that The Weinstein Company had been made aware of confidential settlements with women. Weinstein Company board members did not respond when The Times asked for comments.
- Patrick Sweeney
- In the major league baseball playoffs, The New York Yankees came from behind Wednesday night to beat the Cleveland Indians and win the American League Division Series for the first time since 2012. Also on Wednesday, the Washington Nations beat the Chicago Cubs in their National League Division Series, leading to a critical Game 5 to decide the division champ.
- Southwest Airlines will soon be flying to Hawaii. The airline made the announcement Wednesday at a gathering of Southwest employees. Company officials said they'll begin ticket sales in 2018, but they're not yet announcing when the flights will take off. Southwest said initial flights will begin on the West Coast. They also indicated that inter-island Hawaiian flights are a possibility.
You heard that right. We’re thrilled to share our intention to bring our world-famous hospitality and value to the Hawaiian Islands! pic.twitter.com/NoVNXlsSH7— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) October 12, 2017