What the Hell Is Happening to Local News?
You may have seen a viral video of friendly local news anchors across the nation reading from a frighteningly Orwellian script. The video is making millions sit up and ask:
What the hell is happening to local news?
The answer is Sinclair.
Sinclair Broadcast Group is the nation’s largest broadcaster, a media empire that Free Press has been fighting for over a decade. Its shenanigans have recently reached epic levels with the help of — you guessed it — aspiring authoritarian Donald Trump and his FCC chairman, Ajit Pai.
Local communities deserve better. But with Ajit Pai at the helm, the FCC is absolutely ignoring its duty to protect the public interest and preserve diversity among media voices.
Instead, Pai and friends are changing rules and rolling back protections to pave the way for Sinclair’s latest project: a mega-merger with Tribune Media that will allow #TrumpTV to reach more than 70 percent of the U.S. population.
Urge the FCC to cancel this dangerous merger and #StopSinclair now.
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