The proposal could allow the broadcaster to reach nearly three-quarters of U.S. households through its local news programs.
Free press advocates say rule changes are a "massive handout" to the right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group that would have far-reaching, negative impacts nationwide.
Americans are going to be seeing more of the likes of Boris Epshetyn (pictured), thanks to Sinclair Broadcast Group's recent moves in the media marketplace.
The problem is more than conservative bias. Many broadcast stations also fail to cover important issues in their local communities.
Craig Aaron, president and CEO of the nonprofit organization Free Press, explains why the Sinclair Broadcast Group's expanding monopoly is a cause for concern.