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Trump calls FCC decision on Sinclair-Tribune merger 'disgraceful'

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President Donald Trump criticized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for not approving Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media, calling it “disgraceful” compared with the FCC’s approval several years ago of a deal involving the NBC television network.

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“So sad and unfair that the FCC wouldn’t approve the Sinclair Broadcast merger with Tribune. This would have been a great and much needed Conservative voice for and of the People,” Trump said in a post on Twitter.

Trump’s broadside was an unusual attack on a decision of an independent federal agency that makes merger decisions based on whether they in the public interest.

“Liberal Fake News NBC and Comcast gets approved, much bigger, but not Sinclair. Disgraceful!” Trump said in his tweet, referring to the 2011 approval of Comcast Corp’s acquisition of NBC Universal.

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