21 May

Proposed Sinclair Merger is Dangerous Concentration of News by Elites

Citizens for the Republic Joins the Coalition to Save Local Media

ALEXANDRIA, VA— Today, Citizens for the Republic proudly announces that it has officially joined the Coalition to Save Local Media. The coalition stands in opposition proposed acquisition of Tribune Media by Sinclair Media Group, and is committed to protecting the integrity of local news media.

“The Sinclair-Tribune merger would open the floodgates and, before long, local news that millions of Americans rely on will be at the mercy of a few corporate elites, collectivized in New York City, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles,” said Craig Shirley, Chairman of Citizens for the Republic (CFTR) and Ronald Reagan Biographer.

The Sinclair-Tribune Merger would give Sinclair direct reach into 72% of American households. In the 1980’s under President Reagan, The FCC set an “ownership cap” of local media stations at 25 percent. That cap has since been raised to 39% and, using a technical loophole, can be as high as 72%.

 

“Even in the most capable and responsible hands, Centralized power, in all its forms, breeds exploitation and is anti-conservative. Conservatives celebrate competition but this proposed merger would eliminate that. Local news networks are some of the most trusted hard news sources in America. Permitting this merger would dramatically undermine that trust and fake news would spread like wildfire,” said Mr. Shirley.

Citizens for the Republic (www.CFTR.org) is a conservative grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the ideology and political philosophy of Ronald Reagan. Reagan established the original CFTR in 1977. In 2010, a group of Reagan stalwarts re-launched the organization. Its board includes Chairman Craig Shirley and Director Diana Banister.

For more information, or to arrange an interview with Craig Shirley, or another spokesperson from Citizens for the Republic (@CFTR), please contact Sarah Selip with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 or sselip@sbpublicaffairs.com.

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