A seven-day delay in the chairman’s office.

After a week of silence, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has responded to the president’s threat to revoke “NBC’s license” in retaliation for allegedly “fake news,” a.k.a. stories critical of the administration. Speaking before a Mercatus Center forum at George Mason University this past Wednesday, the chairman said, “”I believe in the First Amendment. The FCC, under my leadership, will stand for the First Amendment. Under the law, the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on the content of a particular newscast.” A questioner then asked whether the FCC can judge “fake news”; Mr. Pai responded, “Traditionally that has not been within the FCC’s jurisdiction. I’m a lawyer by training, of course. I tend to hew as closely as I can to the terms of the Communications Act and to other applicable legal principles, and so that’s the standard that we adopt, at least going forward.”