From MPower Change
We did it! This morning, news broke that the FCC’s Office of the Inspector General is opening an investigation into Ajit Pai’s collusion with Sinclair Broadcasting Group.
The announcement comes after 40,000 of us signed the petition opposing the Sinclair-Tribune merger and hundreds of us drove calls to Congress asking them to put pressure on the Inspector General. This is a big deal—Pai might finally have to face consequences for the way he gutted regulations to push through Sinclair’s Trump TV takeover.
But here’s the crazy thing: Pai is still involving himself in FCC decisions regarding Sinclair—even though he’s currently under investigation.
We’re calling on Pai to immediately recuse himself from any Sinclair-related decisions—at the very least, until the Inspector General’s investigation is over. Will you share the petition calling for his recusal?
News of the investigation—which until now has been kept under wraps by the FCC—has a good chance of complicating, and even stopping, Sinclair’s merger.
Antitrust expert Andrew Schwartzman was quoted saying that “an investigation could cast a cloud over the whole process. For the review, knowledge of an investigation could generate caution and even delay completion of the deal.”
There’s no way that Pai should continue to make decisions benefiting Sinclair while he’s under investigation; but, given his track record, we can be pretty sure that he’ll keep trying—unless we turn up the pressure.
We need to keep highlighting this investigation and call for a recusal, before the FCC tries to bury the news. Can you share the petition and encourage others to sign it?
In its story breaking the news about the investigation, the New York Times reports that language used by Sinclair’s top lobbyist about loosening regulations has been closely parroted by Pai in speaking about such changes.
The investigation confirms what’s been obvious to all of us: the deregulation agenda being rammed through the FCC by Pai is tailor-made for Sinclair. And if they get their way, they’ll be able to push their anti-Muslim, pro-Trump propaganda to over 70% of U.S. households.
The fact that he’s still involving himself in decisions around the Sinclair takeover shows that Pai—like too many in this administration—thinks he’s above the law.
Even Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia-Trump investigation after he was caught repeatedly lying to Congress. Pai must do the same while he’s being investigated for collusion with Sinclair. Share the petition calling on him to recuse.