[Ed. – This is good news. We’ll see if the left takes no for an answer, or just tries to come at Sinclair in some other way.]
Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said on Thursday the government would not heed calls from Senate Democrats to investigate a private broadcaster for its “news activities.”
Responding to a letter sent by Senate Democrats calling for an FCC probe into the Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Pai said such an investigation would be “chilling” to free speech.
“Thank you for your letter requesting that the Commission investigate a broadcaster based on the content of its news coverage and promotion of that coverage,” Pai said in a letter to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D., Wash.). “In light of my commitment to protecting the First Amendment and freedom of the press, I must respectfully decline. …
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“… I have repeatedly made clear that the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on the content of a particular newscast,” Pai said.