How Trump's FCC aided Sinclair's expansion Use of a regulatory loophole will allow Sinclair to reach 72 percent of U.S. households after buying Tribune’s stations Sinclair, already the nation’s largest TV broadcaster, plans to buy 42 stations from Tribune Media in cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, on top of the more than 170 stations it already owns. It got a critical assist this spring from Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who revived a decades-old regulatory loophole that will keep Sinclair from vastly exceeding federal limits on media ownership. The change will allow Sinclair — a company known for injecting "must run" conservative segments into its local programming — to reach 72 percent of U.S. households after buying Tribune’s stations. That’s nearly double the congressionally imposed nationwide audience cap of 39 percent. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/06/trump-fcc-sinclair-broadcast-expansion-241337 If this acquisition takes place, Sinclair Broadcast Group will monopolize the local news markets. If we value our 1st Amendment rights to a free press, we must not allow this media acquisition to take place. We must contact our Senators & Congressional Representatives and tell them to oppose this merger.