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Trump hits Comcast, MSNBC over 'hatred,' 'fake news'

The Hill logo The Hill 6/9/2019 Rachel Frazin
a man wearing a suit and hat: Trump hits Comcast, MSNBC over 'hatred,' 'fake news' © Getty Trump hits Comcast, MSNBC over 'hatred,' 'fake news'

President Trump went after Comcast and various news networks late Saturday, accusing the media companies of reporting "lies" and claiming Comcast of showing "hatred."

"Watched MSNBC this morning just to see what the opposition was saying about events of the past week," Trump tweeted.

"Such lies, almost everything they were saying was the opposite of the truth" he wrote. "Fake News! No wonder their ratings, along with CNN, are WAY DOWN. The hatred Comcast has is amazing!"

Trump's tweet came amid a turbulent week in his tenure. The president faced bipartisan criticism this week over his threat to impose steep tariffs on Mexico if the country did not take steps to crack down on illegal immigration at the southern border.

He announced a deal to avert the tariffs late Friday, three days before they were set to take effect. The decision averted a likely showdown with Congress amid shaky financial markets that were rocked by the proposed duties.

Trump has long been at odds with the news media, frequently lambasting prominent news outlets as "fake news" amid unfavorable coverage of him and his administration.

The president has routinely hit the Comcast-owned NBC News over its coverage of his administration, even going so far as to suggest that its "license" should be revoked. The Federal Communications Commission doesn't issue broadcasting licenses to networks, only to individual stations, and it doesn't revoke them based on the content of the licensee's programming.

He previously lashed out at Comcast after a group representing small cable providers asked the Department of Justice to investigate the company over antitrust concerns.

"American Cable Association has big problems with Comcast. They say that Comcast routinely violates Antitrust Laws," Trump tweeted last November, adding that the group believes Comcast's merger with NBC poses greater anticompetitive concerns than the recent AT&T-Time Warner merger.

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