FCC: No 'Stifling' Over Localism

WASHINGTON FCC investigators refuted accusations by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., that commission officials attempted to “stifle” staff reports critical of the agency’s media consolidation proposals.

Concluding an investigation led by assistant inspector general Cara Conover, the FCC inspector general’s office said Friday that “the evidence did not substantiate allegations that two draft research reports of staff economists in the commission’s media bureau had been suppressed by senior managers at the commission or that senior managers had ordered one of the reports to be destroyed.”

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