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Feb 15, 2018

An FCC probe will investigate whether Ajit Pai favored conservative broadcaster Sinclair

The FCC inspector general is investigating whether agency chair Ajit Pai timed policy changes last year to improperly benefit Sinclair Broadcast Group. The New York Times reported today that inspector general David Hunt accepted a request from Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), who asked Hunt to determine whether the Trump-era FCC’s actions showed “a pattern and practice of preferential treatment” toward Sinclair. Pallone and Cummings, among others, believe Pai’s FCC may have rolled back anti-monopoly rules to pave the way for Sinclair’s acquisition of Tribune Media.

Pallone tells the Times that “for months I have been trying to get to the bottom of the allegations about Chairman Pai’s relationship with Sinclair...

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