On December 19 I posted that Sinclair Broadcasting, a far right media company, is hell bent on taking over our airwaves through a $3.8 billion merger with Tribune Media Co, and it is especially interested in skewing local news so that it tows the right wing line.
I reproduced a letter from Senator Dianne Feinstein confirming that she shares our ‘concerns about the effects of allowing a small number of companies to control a large share of the media market.’ Senator Feinstein suggested that we contact the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice to voice anti-trust complaints. This morning I received a call from an FTC staffer telling me that, no, they are not the right agency to voice this particular complaint. The right agencies re at DOJ and the FCC. The FTC response proves that our messages are indeed tallied. I gave you the contact info for DOJ in the earlier post, but below is the email address again along with the FCC comment email address where you can say something like (feel free to cut and paste my suggested message):
I hope you will not approve the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media Company. It would reduce competition, increase media bias, lead to local programming neglect, and eliminate competition.