Ajit Pai refuses to listen to senators request in investigating Sinclair

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#1 Posted by nintendoboy16 (35277 posts) -

The Hill

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday rejected a request from a dozen senators to investigate Sinclair Broadcast Group for “distorting news” coverage.

The senators — 11 Democrats and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) — asked the FCC to review Sinclair’s broadcast license and pause its proposed merger after the company had anchors across the country read scripted promos warning of “fake news” and media bias.

However, Pai turned down their request, saying an investigation would conflict with his commitment to the First Amendment and freedom of the press, according to a letter obtained by The Hill.

“I understand that you disliked or disagreed with the content of particular broadcasts, but I can hardly think of an action more chilling of free speech than the federal government investigating a broadcast station because of disagreement with its news coverage,” Pai wrote.

He added that the FCC “does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on the content of a particular newscast.”

The letter was first obtained by Breitbart.

Pai's response comes as the FCC is reviewing a proposed merger between Sinclair and Tribune Media. If approved, Sinclair would own local news stations that reach nearly three-quarters of American households.

It was reported in February that the FCC inspector general was looking into whether Pai improperly pushed through rules in an effort to benefit Sinclair. Pai has denied wrongdoing.

Democratic lawmakers and former employees have been critical of Sinclair in recent weeks after a clip went viral of dozens of Sinclair anchors across the country simultaneously reading a scripted segment warning viewers of “fake news” and media bias that poses an "extremely dangerous" threat to democracy.

Sinclair executives have defended the promo, saying it shows no bias and was part of a well-researched journalistic initiative.

Of course he won't. The man that is killing Net Neutrality is more than happy to be on Sinclair's side of things so his Dear Leader Donald can feel like he's being "treated fairly".

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#2 Edited by Serraph105 (32714 posts) -

Our government are essentially just the servants of big business. Thanks republicans.

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#3 Edited by KittenNose (2456 posts) -

@Serraph105 said:

Our government are essentially just the servants of big business. Thanks republicans.

Didn't this forum spend 2016 bragging about how being the party of billionaires proved they were smarter then trump supporters?

But yeah, the group that had half the war chest are the only folk who are bought and paid for.

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#4 Posted by Jacanuk (16493 posts) -

@nintendoboy16 said:

The Hill

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday rejected a request from a dozen senators to investigate Sinclair Broadcast Group for “distorting news” coverage.

The senators — 11 Democrats and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) — asked the FCC to review Sinclair’s broadcast license and pause its proposed merger after the company had anchors across the country read scripted promos warning of “fake news” and media bias.

However, Pai turned down their request, saying an investigation would conflict with his commitment to the First Amendment and freedom of the press, according to a letter obtained by The Hill.

“I understand that you disliked or disagreed with the content of particular broadcasts, but I can hardly think of an action more chilling of free speech than the federal government investigating a broadcast station because of disagreement with its news coverage,” Pai wrote.

He added that the FCC “does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on the content of a particular newscast.”

The letter was first obtained by Breitbart.

Pai's response comes as the FCC is reviewing a proposed merger between Sinclair and Tribune Media. If approved, Sinclair would own local news stations that reach nearly three-quarters of American households.

It was reported in February that the FCC inspector general was looking into whether Pai improperly pushed through rules in an effort to benefit Sinclair. Pai has denied wrongdoing.

Democratic lawmakers and former employees have been critical of Sinclair in recent weeks after a clip went viral of dozens of Sinclair anchors across the country simultaneously reading a scripted segment warning viewers of “fake news” and media bias that poses an "extremely dangerous" threat to democracy.

Sinclair executives have defended the promo, saying it shows no bias and was part of a well-researched journalistic initiative.

Of course he won't. The man that is killing Net Neutrality is more than happy to be on Sinclair's side of things so his Dear Leader Donald can feel like he's being "treated fairly".

No surprise there, Ajit Pai is a wolf´s in sheep's clothing and by putting him in a place where he can serve his masters, is bad business for all of us.

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#5 Edited by TryIt (12066 posts) -

given specifically what the video showed that 'the script' was with the exact words in question I would have to agree with them.

govement can not micro-manage at that level.

if we want real change we just need the Fairness Doctrine back

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#6 Posted by Zaryia (5937 posts) -

A shit pie.

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#7 Edited by MirkoS77 (13308 posts) -

“I understand that you disliked or disagreed with the content of particular broadcasts, but I can hardly think of an action more chilling of free speech than the federal government investigating a broadcast station because of disagreement with its news coverage,” Pai wrote.

Trump attempts to further propagate his narrative about "FAKE NEWS!!", masquerading it under the premise of his desire for more journalistic integrity for those too foolish and gullible to see his true motivations. Trump attacks and undermines the Fourth Pillar relentlessly, he pulls facts and truth into disrepute, then substitutes it with his own "alternative" ones. These are textbook steps in the creation and proliferation of propaganda, and Trump has done every one of them. All that's left at that point to broaden its exposure is to find a proper avenue larger than Twitter.

The State doesn't need to own media for State-backed propaganda to be pushed into our homes, all that's required is the ideological allegiance of the affluent, which Trump has found in Sinclair who is in a position to mandate broadcasts parroting Trump's bullshit to a much greater extent than it is currently. It's one thing to have both sides of the media be biased, this is expected, it is quite another to have a sitting president take such measures to create his own narrative predicated on lies and deception only to serve his and his party's own interests and then find someone in a position to spread it.

Free speech? **** off, Pai. This is State-backed propaganda if I've ever seen it.