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Watchdog investigating relationship between Pai, Sinclair

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sits in front of the seal of the agency
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Federal Communications Commission inspector general is looking into whether the agency changed key media ownership rules to help Sinclair Broadcast Group acquire Tribune stations, the New York Times broke this morning.

Why it matters: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's push to bring back a loophole in media ownership rules paved the way for the right-wing Sinclair to purchase the Tribune stations, which will significantly broaden its reach.