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A Piece of Pai

Why is FCC Chairman Ajit Pai blocking Sinclair?

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 17 in Washington.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group is trying to acquire Tribune Media so it can extend its television reach, but Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is throwing up roadblocks, which is odd because Sinclair is so pro-Trump. NPR’s David Folkenflik joins us to explain exactly what’s going on and why Pai is hindering the company he previously seemed to help.

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