Senators Call For Investigation Of FCC’s Sinclair Review


House E&C Ranking Member Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) have 15 friends in the U.S. Senate who have escalated the push for FCC Inspector General David L. Hunt to probe the objectivity and impartiality — or lack thereof — of the Commission’s review of Sinclair Broadcast Group‘s proposed merger with Tribune Media. 

Led by Democratic Senators Maria Cantwell of Washington and Tom Udall of New Mexico, the Senators are looking for a last-minute blockade of a vote set for tomorrow’s November Open Meeting that is expected to pass by a 3-2 margin. This vote, the GOP-led Commission, argues, “updates the Commission’s broadcast ownership and attribution rules to reflect the current media marketplace.” Democrats say otherwise.

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