TUESDAY 10/31/2017

***URGENT FCC COMMENT FILING ACTION***

(Thanks to Kelly FD)

Re: FCC Sinclair-Tribune Merger

To comment directly to the FCC Committee comments must be filed through the ECFS System.

Follow directions below:

1. GO TO: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express

2. Type Docket Number in first box “Proceedings”: 17-179

3. Fill in name and address

4. Cut and paste this comment into comment section:

I am writing to oppose the Sinclair-Tribune merger. If this deal goes through, a single company would own more than 200 local-TV stations and control over 72% of the local news market. Such ownership undermines local control of news and reduces diversity of viewpoints and competition in local media markets. This level of ownership is unprecedented and would violate the national FCC regulated ownership cap. Sinclair has evaded FCC rules, received FCC fines for airing propaganda, and drawn wide criticism for airing politically slanted content on its stations. The FCC should block this merger and restore policies that encourage a diversity of local media owners and a wide range of viewpoints. Thank you for taking my opinion via the ECFS filings system.

Sinclair-Tribune merger request Background:

Sinclair Broadcast Group, the TV voice of the alt-right and white supremacists is poised to control 72% of local news in the United States. Problem is, it's Trump TV and conservative propaganda disguised as real news. You can do something about this right now.

Tell the FCC to stop Sinclair's takeover of your news.

The Federal Communications Commission, the regulatory group that decides whether or not the Sinclair-Tribune merger passes, is now allowing public comment. And we need you to make your voice heard.

If the FCC allows the Sinclair-Tribune merger, your local news becomes Trump TV 24/7.

For the good of the American people, the FCC should reject the Sinclair-Tribune merger.

Approving this merger will give one company reach into the homes of nearly three out of four American households. Sinclair is already the largest TV broadcasting company in the country, and Tribune is the second largest. Allowing this merger would give Sinclair unprecedented control over local media. No matter Sinclair’s partisan tilt, no one company should have that much power over our local news.

This merger isn't just inconsistent with our values, it violates FCC rules. With its expanded reach to 72 percent of U.S. homes, the new Sinclair would clearly violate the FCC's ownership cap. It would also have duopolies in at least ten media markets, violating another core FCC rule. It would undermine local control of news and reduce diversity of viewpoints and competition in local media markets.

While it's true that the media landscape has changed, and people have more choices in where they get their news, it is as important as ever that we have trusted, independent local news sources. More choices mean more competition. That is a good thing. It means lower prices for consumers and a robust and healthy variety of viewpoints and voices.

When it comes to mergers the FCC has one job: only approve deals that follow the rules and benefit the public interest. The Sinclair-Tribune merger does neither and it should be rejected.

Since Pai joined the Commission, he's worked to undo policies designed to protect internet users, communities of color and poor people. While he's supposed to protect the public interest, he's continuously voted against it and sided with the deep-pocketed corporations — like Verizon — that once employed him.

Pai has made it clear that he doesn’t care about protecting the communication rights of everyday people. Time and time again he’s failed to stand up for those he’s sworn to serve. This is unacceptable.

CALL TO ACTION!

(Thanks to Jennifer Alexander)

Protect Mueller!

There’s bipartisan Congressional legislation to preserve Mueller's independence and to protect him from being fired by 45. With the recent announcement of an imminent indictment and given the environment created by this administration and its enablers, it’s no surprise with this that we need these protections

Senate:

• S.1735 (The Special Counsel Independence Protection Act) was introduced by Senators Graham (R-SC) and Booker (D-NJ). This would require the Department of Justice seek judicial approval before any firing.

• S. 1741 (The Special Counsel Integrity Act) was introduced by Senators Tillis (R-NC) and Coons (D-DE). This would allow a special counsel to contest any termination after the fact.

• House:

• H.R. 3771 (The Special Counsel Integrity Act) was introduced by Representatives Jones (R-NC) and Conyers (D-MI). This would allow the special counsel to challenge his removal in court.

Script for Sen. Tillis:

I want to thank Senator Tillis for sponsoring The Special Counsel Integrity Act and ask that he co-sponsor The Special Counsel Independence Protection Act. These acts would ensure that the President can’t unilaterally fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. We need to protect our democracy from foreign influence and ensure that the President is not being influenced by Russia.

Senator Tillis (202) 224-6342

https://www.tillis.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me

Script for Sen. Burr:

I urge Senator Burr to co-sponsor both The Special Counsel Independence Protection Act and to join Sen. Tillis in sponsoring The Special Counsel Integrity Act. These acts would ensure that the President can’t unilaterally fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. We need to protect our democracy from foreign influence and ensure that the President is not being influenced by Russia. Thank you.

Senator Burr (202) 224-3154

https://www.burr.senate.gov/contact/email

House Script:

I am a constituent calling from _________________ and I want Rep. _______________ to join Rep. Walter Jones as a co-sponsor of The Special Counsel Integrity Act. This act would ensure that the President can’t unilaterally fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. We need to protect our democracy from foreign influence and ensure that the President is not being influenced by Russia. Thank you.

House:

https://www.house.gov/representatives/