Re: Sean Hannity’s violations of Payola and Sponsorship Indentification – SPONSID
Dear Sir or Madam:
I believe Sean Hannity violated Section 317 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. Â§ 317. That law requires broadcasters to disclose to their listeners or viewers if matter has been aired in exchange for money, services or other valuable consideration. The law says that an announcement must be aired when the subject matter is broadcast. The supporting rule is 47 C.F.R. Â§ 73.1212.
After the raid of New York attorney Michael Cohen on April 9, 2018, by the U.S. Attorneys and the FBI in Southern District of New York, Mr. Sean Hannity of Fox News condemned the raid of Michael Cohen without disclosing that he was one of three clients of Mr. Cohen. Mr. Hannity only disclosed that he was a client after a judge ordered his name be spoken in public court.
Fox News, Sean Hannity, and Mr. Hannity’s TV and radio programs should be investigated for fines, civil, and criminal sanctions regarding this matter.
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