Is there anybody else who feels that one corporation should not own television stations that reach 72 percent of the U.S. market? That is precisely what Sinclair Broadcast Group wants to do by acquiring Tribune Media. Naturally, CEO Chris Ripley doesn’t expect any objection from the Federal Communications Commission under the new Trump administration.
The trend now is that more Americans depend on television news than newspapers for their news. Even President Trump admits that he got most of his news and information from television before he became president. If one corporation can control what 72 percent of the population watches, then one corporation or one CEO could easily sway an election that usually is determined by a few percentage points every time.
I strongly oppose this mega acquisition because it seriously reduces freedom of the press and balanced news reporting.
Frank van der Harst, Bellevue
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