Pai: White House Called About Sinclair-Tribune

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told a Senate panel Thursday that Don McGahn, the White House counsel, called for a "status update" on the agency's action on the deal on July 16 ot 17. Tribune scrapped the deal on Aug. 9.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency, says a White House official called to talk about a proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co.

Ajit Pai told a Senate panel Thursday that Don McGahn, the White House counsel, called for a “status update” on the agency’s action on the deal.

He said McGahn “saw something in the news and wanted to know what our decision was,” but did not express an opinion. The call came July 16 or 17, Pai said. Pai on July 16 had expressed “serious concerns” about the merger.

Tribune scrapped the deal on Aug. 9.

Trump tweeted that FCC’s “disgraceful” action scuttled what would have been a “much needed” conservative voice among the “fake news” media.


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Carlos says:

August 16, 2018 at 7:31 pm

Tribune pulling out of the Sinclair was a great victory for Americans… Trump won’t admit it… He’s scared of us!!! He doesn’t care about the well-being of Americans, no matter how much he says he does!!!


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