Former national president Hazel Dukes says regulatory review is flawed and biased

Hazel Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference and former NAACP national president, has joined a growing chorus of critics of the FCC Media Bureau’s decision to designate Standard General’s proposed $8.6 billion acquisition of Tegna for hearing.

Dukes wrote FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel to express her displeasure with the decision to put the merger before an administrative law judge, a move that delays any decision and historically can kill a deal. In her r letter, she called for a speedy adjudication, then a full commission vote.

Dukes pointed out that her voice was just one of many in the diversity community who’ve weighed to support the deal. Others, she pointed out, include Congressional Black Caucus chairman Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nevada), Rainbow/PUSH Coalition founder Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Dukes said the FCC had bowed to pressure by those suggesting that Standard General managing partner Soo Kim, who is Asian-American, is not “the right type of minority.” She said she was appalled by that type of incendiary language and blamed the characterization as a “deliberate and malicious” attempt to create a new regulatory hurdle for the deal.

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Broadcasting & Cable | by John Eggerton