Washington — On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump criticised the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for not approving Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9bn acquisition of Tribune Media, calling it "disgraceful" compared with the FCC’s approval several years ago of a deal involving the NBC TV network. "So sad and unfair that the FCC wouldn’t approve the Sinclair Broadcast merger with Tribune. This would have been a great and much needed Conservative voice for and of the People," Trump said on Twitter. Trump’s broadside was an unusual attack on a decision of an independent federal agency that makes merger decisions based on whether they in the public interest. "Liberal Fake News NBC and Comcast gets approved, much bigger, but not Sinclair. Disgraceful!" Trump tweeted, referring to the 2011 approval of Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal. At the time, Comcast was a provider of video and residential internet service. NBC Universal included the Universal movie studio as well as NBC ...

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