For Immediate Release FCC Deals Blow to Local News then Announces Vote Next Month to Remove Hurdle to Massive Sinclair-Tribune Merger

Statement of Michael Copps former FCC Commissioner & Common Cause Special Advisor

Posted on October 25, 2017


Ajit Pai’s announcement today is the most retrograde I have ever heard from an FCC Chairman. Apparently, he has lost all sense of self-restraint. It’s a virtual death sentence for local media. Some Halloween treat for Big Media! And it clears the tracks for a big Christmas gift to Sinclair.

Media monopolization imperils democracy - fewer press outlets mean less of the accountability journalism that American voters depend on to cast informed ballots. Meanwhile corrupt politicians can rest easy that the depleted local press corps will be less likely to report on graft. Ajit Pai’s anti-public interest wrecking ball is poised to strike again.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: Common Cause National

Issues: Media and Democracy

Tags: Media Monopolization

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