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Trump slams FCC over Sinclair-Tribune merger: 'So sad and unfair'

Trump slams FCC over Sinclair-Tribune merger: 'So sad and unfair'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE on Tuesday ripped the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for not approving Sinclair Broadcast Group's merger with Tribune Media, calling the move “so sad and unfair.”

“This would have been a great and much needed Conservative voice for and of the People. Liberal Fake News NBC and Comcast gets approved, much bigger, but not Sinclair,” Trump tweeted.

 

 

The FCC voted 4-0 last week to refer the proposed $3.9 billion merger to an administrative law judge, a move that is likely to kill the deal.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai had said earlier that he had “serious concerns” about the legality of the merger, citing Sinclair’s plans to sell some of its television stations but still maintain significant control over the stations' operations and programming. 

"The evidence we’ve received suggests that certain station divestitures that have been proposed to the FCC would allow Sinclair to control those stations in practice, even if not in name, in violation of the law," Pai said last week.

The conservative station submitted a plan to address some of those concerns, but appeared to fail to win over the FCC commissioners ahead of the vote on the merger.