Will Ajit Pai Face an Investigation Over Sinclair-Tribune?
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has faced scrutiny over his handling of the proposed Sinclair-Tribune Media merger, and one member of Congress is calling for an investigation on the matter. Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) on Monday sent a letter to FCC Inspector General David Hunt asking him to probe why Pai did not disclose a conversation he had with White House Counsel Donald McGahn regarding the proposed Sinclair-Tribune merger. During a committee hearing last month, Pai committed to Pallone that any such conversations would be disclosed in the public docket per FCC disclosure rules. Pallone wrote in his letter that it “could very well constitute concealment or coverup and require further investigation.” However, a spokesperson for Pai called the move “another absurd partisan attack from House Democrats. ... Given the FCC’s actions involving the Sinclair/Tribune merger, it is unfortunate that House Democrats are still trying to beat this dead horse, especially after their prior accusations of favoritism towards Sinclair were shown to be false.” We’ll keep you posted. More here.