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Critics blame FCC for opening door to Sinclair editorials

FCC President Ajit Pai
FCC President Ajit Pai drinking from a mug. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Critics, are blaming the FCC for the Sinclair Broadcast Group's unabashed conservative leanings, reports the Washington Post, after an embarrassing video showing dozens of Sinclair anchors reading a script denouncing "fake stories" went viral.

"The president's FCC, under Ajit Pai, is opening the door to major liberal networks like NBC and ABC to do exactly what Sinclair did."
— Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax Media and a friend of the president

The big picture: In late 2017, the FCC eliminated a rule that kept news stations under local control, paving the way for automated national programming. Ruddy claims the policy ruling incentivizes companies to produce homogenous content.

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