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D.C. Daily: Trump's tweets take aim at 'unfunny' late night TV hosts

Posted: 9:43 AM, Oct 07, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-07 17:00:12Z

Compiled by Mario Sevilla, 10News

(KGTV) -- President Donald Trump is tweeting a tougher stand against late night television hosts who have been slamming his administration and the Republican party.

The president's rant didn't name a show in particular instead saying that late night television coverage is "one-sided" and argued that Republicans be given "Equal Time," an implicit reference to a Federal Communications Commission rule that political candidates be given equivalent airtime as the opposing candidate when requested.

"Late Night host are dealing with the Democrats for their very 'unfunny' & repetitive material, always anti-Trump! Should we get Equal Time?," Trump tweeted.

He went on to say "More and more people" are demanding that he and his party be given more coverage.

Prime time host Seth Meyers fired back at Trump saying he'd "love" to have him on on his show, "Late Night with Seth Myers."

"Studio located at 15 Penguin Avenue, Antarctica," Meyers tweeted.

ABC’s host of Jimmy Kimmel Live also responded to Trump Saturday morning.

"Excellent point Mr. President!," tweeted Jimmy Kimmel. You should quit that boring job – I’ll let you have my show ALL to yourself #MAGA."

The "Equal Time" rule states that broadcast stations must provide equivalent airtime or "reasonable access or permit to purchase of reasonable amounts of time" to legally qualified candidates, according to  Philip H. Miller’s book Media Law for Producers .

Regularly scheduled newscasts, news interviews shows, live coverage of "bona fide" news events, and a candidate's appearance in a documentary, are exempt and would not have to offer equal time to other candidates for that office.

Although a 2020 re-election bid is inevitable, Trump's call for "Equal Time" wouldn't force late night TV shows to provide more coverage of him as the FCC rules wouldn't apply since he is neither a candidate nor requesting equal time as an opposing candidate.

 

 

 

 


 

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