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What do 12 U.S Senators, The Missoula Independent and John Heenan all have in common?

Answer: They’re all wondering what’s up with Sinclair Broadcasting?

12 United States Senators recently sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai expressing their grave concerns with Sinclair broadcasting.

Led by Washington Senator Maria Cantwell, the letter states:

U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Tom Udall (D-NM), along with 10 of their Senate colleagues, called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate Sinclair Broadcasting Group for deliberately distorting news, calling into question the company’s fitness to retain its existing broadcast licenses, as well as its ongoing attempts to acquire more broadcasting rights through its proposed merger with Tribune Media Company.

they went on to say:

we are requesting that the FCC review both Sinclair’s fitness to retain its existing broadcast licenses and whether it is in the public interest to permit it to acquire more broadcast licenses thorough the proposed merger with Tribune. 

That’s right, these 12 Senators are calling out Sinclair and questioning the future of Sinclair to have a broadcast license. This is a huge deal.

Also, the Missoula Independent has reported on the connection between Greg Gianforte and donations he recently received from Sinclair executives as well as donations he received for the May 2017 special election. He even received some donations the day after he assaulted a reporter.

The Missoula Independent reports:

Sinclair Director Robert E. Smith, whose family owns the Baltimore-based television colossus, donated a combined $5,400 on March 23 to Rep. Greg Gianforte’s reelection campaign — the maximum allowed under federal contribution limits. The donations were made public in Gianforte’s latest filing with the Federal Election Commission on April 15.

“Gianforte is not the only Republican to benefit from Smith’s wealth,” Roll Call went on. “The television mogul donated the maximum $10,000 to the Montana Republican Party during Gianforte’s campaign in 2017. He also has forked over $5,000 to President Donald Trump’s campaign.”

This isn’t the first time Smith has lent his financial support to Gianforte’s political ambitions. He maxed out his allowable donations in the 2017 special election. Smith’s brother Frederick, who serves as a vice president and director for Sinclair, also donated $1,000 to Gianforte’s campaign in March 2017, and another $1,000 the day after Gianforte’s assault on Jacobs made headlines. The latter contribution quickly attracted the attention of Politico. In both instances, Frederick listed Sinclair as his employer. Robert, on the other hand, hasn’t noted his position with the company in any of his contributions to Gianforte.

This is very disturbing behavior. So it was a breath of fresh air when we saw a candidate call out these flagrantly undemocratic tactics.

John Heenan bought an ad on Sinclair stations to call them out:

Heenan received national coverage from the AP, the Washington Post, The Hill and many other outlets for this ad.

This is important to see U.S Senators, local and national news and U.S House candidates call out Sinclair. Sinclair is dangerous and we must continue to question their activities.

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