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Poll: Republicans Back Power to Pull News Media 'Licenses'

Many believe news outlets are making up stories about President 10/18/2017 8:52 AM Eastern

More Americans (46%) believe the news media fabricate stories about President Donald Trump or his administration than those who do not believe so (37%), according to a new Morning Consult/Politico Poll.

A majority of respondents (51%) said the government should not have the power to revoke the broadcast licenses of major news organizations, versus 28% who said yes; the rest had no opinion. But more Republicans think it should (46%) than should not (33%).

The online poll was conducted Oct. 12-16 among 1,991 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

The FCC can not revoke the license of a news organization because news organizations are not licensed by the government. The agency can pull the licenses of TV stations owned by companies that also own news outlets, which is what appears to have many Hill Democrats worried.

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The poll question referred to President Trump's tweets in response to an NBC News story he called "fake news." The President said media outlet licenses should be challenged and, if need be, revoked.

Trump's stance has drawn a host of critics among Hill Democrats and news organizations, though relative silence from Republicans.

FCC chair Ajit Pai said this week that the commission does not have the power to pull licenses over news content.

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