Three U.S. senators have asked the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission to scrutinize Disney’s $10.6 billion sale of its 21 regional sports networks to Sinclair Broadcast Group, The New York Post reports.
Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker — all Democratic presidential hopefuls — made the request this week in a letter sent to the DOJ and the FCC. The report notes that they’re calling for scrutiny of the deal “partly because of Sinclair’s history of ‘partisan political messaging.’”
The report quotes the letter stating: “It is clear that Sinclair has an explicit interest in, and commitment to, relaying partisan political messages to its viewers — making its recent anti-competitive expansion attempts into millions of additional households all the more concerning.”
The Post adds: “Disney agreed to sell the regional sports TV networks, or RSNs, as a condition to buying Fox’s entertainment assets for $71.3 billion. Sinclair won the RSN auction in May, but it still needs DOJ and FCC approval.”
The Post also reports: “The Democratic presidential candidates charged that Sinclair has a history of issuing ‘must-run programming directives.’ Last year, for example, Sinclair forced local stations to run a two-minute commentary defending ‘the use of tear gas on migrants at the border,’ according to the letter.”