The Awful Tribune-Sinclair Merger Is Dead

In a huge win for everyone concerned about the devastating effects corporate consolidation has on local media outlets and independent journalism, Tribune Media announced on Thursday that it is terminating its proposed $3.9 billion merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group and suing the right-wing media giant for “breach of contract.”

“The collapse of this merger is as major a victory for American consumers as it is a defeat for the propaganda pushers at Sinclair,” Karl Frisch, executive director of Allied Progress, said in a statement responding to news of the merger’s death. “Dozens of communities will now be sparred from nightly force-feedings of content advancing the fringe political agenda of the media behemoth’s owners.”

Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press, attributed the collapse of the “terrible” merger — which was strongly supported by President Donald Trump, for obvious reasons — to “everyone who mobilized, organized, and spoke out against it.”

“You did it!” Aaron declared on Twitter. “Thanks to the reporters who stayed on the story. Thank you ⁦FCC⁩ for taking your job seriously. The end of this merger is a big win for the public!”

As Common Dreams reported, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Ajit Pai last month expressed “serious concerns” about the proposed merger, which would have spawned a corporate media monstrosity capable of delivering pro-Trump propaganda to an estimated 70 percent of American households.

“That would have been extremely dangerous to our increasingly fragile democracy,”…

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