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The BradCast w/ Brad Friedman
On today's 'BradCast': Donald Trump's own FBI Director Christopher Wray directly contradicted Trump in testimony to a U.S. Senate hearing, saying there is no evidence to back up Trump's persistent, repeated lies about absentee voting, or his false claims of massive, widespread absentee ballot fraud in the 2020 election. A federal judge blocked the Trump Administration's attempt to rig the US Census based on testimony from Census officials who revealed that prematurely ending data collection would result in 'fatally flawed' headcount data, in violation of the Constitution. The Trump Administration was attempting to accelerate several deadlines to force an under-count, according to critics, to skew apportionment of US House seats and the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal spending for the next decade, shifting political power to white, rural Republican districts. Former FCC official ART BELENDIUK and award-winning journalist and media reform activist SUE WILSON explain a new petition filed to challenge the FCC license renewal of several broadcast television stations owned by giant, rightwing corporate TV station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group. The petition alleges that Sinclair is unlawfully violating federal media ownership rules by secretly owning or controlling three stations in the Baltimore market, when they are only allowed to own one. Sinclair officially owns nearly 200 hundred TV stations across the country, often forcing local TV news stations to run rightwing propaganda disguised as news, giving local viewers no indication they are watching a Sinclair station with a far-right corporate owner controlling multiple local stations' newsrooms. Wilson and Belendiuk say what's at stake is whether Americans get to hear a diversity of voices and the information they need to make informed voting decisions. Also today: a new hilarious, very catchy tune from musical satirist Randy Rainbow...