Speculation is rife that the Justice Department is putting the brakes on the merger at the behest of President Trump, a fierce critic of CNN, which has pulled few punches in covering his administration.
One thing sets Pai apart: his unique opportunity to stand up for First Amendment freedoms in the face of one of the most unstable leaders in modern history. The question is whether he’ll seize that chance.
The Trump administration, the FCC, Congress and greedy companies are attacking people’s rights to connect and communicate so relentlessly that staying on top of everything that’s happening can feel like an impossible task. Check out this list of five of the biggest threats.
The Trump FCC is carrying out its quest to kill Net Neutrality in a distinctly undemocratic way — including banning some activists from ever attending the agency’s public meetings. And that’s just one in a growing number of incidents in which the FCC has cracked down on the rights of people who support Net Neutrality.
In the United States, World Press Freedom Day has typically brought awareness of the dangers to journalists in war zones and dictatorships, but this year also brings a new focus on the need to protect press freedom at home.
In January, Trump appointed Ajit Pai as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. In so doing he found someone who shares his disdain for popular democracy, privacy rights, the truth and the poor.