Trump’s CNN Threat a Potential Abuse of Power | Free Press


WASHINGTON – The U.S Department of Justice has told AT&T executives that they may need to divest Time Warner’s Turner Networks — including CNN — for the regulator to approve AT&T’s multibillion-dollar acquisition of the media giant, according to several media reports on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump has been a fierce critic of CNN — which he frequently accuses of airing “fake news” — and made a campaign pledge to reject the AT&T deal if elected president.

Free Press opposes the massive merger on antitrust and media-concentration grounds, explaining that it would put far too much media power in the hands of one company. The deal would exacerbate the lack of media diversity while giving AT&T even more incentive to violate open-internet protections and prioritize its online content over the digital content of others.

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