By now, you may have seen Deadspin’s deeply disturbing video showing anchors at ultra-conservative Sinclair-owned local news stations across the country reciting the same script word-for-word about the dangers of “fake news.”
What’s even more disturbing, though, is that soon, these identical Trump-serving broadcasts might reach 72% of American households if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) allow Sinclair to acquire Tribune Media and expand their network.
Technically, Sinclair isn’t allowed to reach more than 39% of households, but they’re taking advantage of a loophole FCC Chair Ajit Pai orchestrated to get around that rule.
The FCC is expected to vote in favor of the Sinclair-Tribune merger. However, the DOJ needs to approve it as well, and they’re not as keen on Sinclair’s sneaky tactics as the FCC. The DOJ has an opportunity to stop Sinclair’s damaging propaganda—and they need to take it.
Reject Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s acquisition of Tribune Media. Sinclair is bypassing FCC regulations and antitrust laws in order to reach 72% of American households. No media company should have that much power.