Sinclair Broadcasting slammed for forcing anchors to recite anti-fake-news 'script'

Sinclair Broadcasting slammed for forcing anchors to recite anti-fake-news 'script'

"So amusing to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased", he tweeted.

Deadspin's video stops at a line that it repeats again and again, to drive home the video's critical message: "This is extremely unsafe to our democracy".

A video published by sports news site Deadspin over the weekend revealed dozens of TV anchors from Sinclair Broadcast Group reciting the same speech warning against "biased and false news".

Representatives from four Pennsylvania stations owned by media conglomerate Sinclair Broadcast Group are declining to comment on a controversial promo issued by the company's television news stations across the country, including three in the state.

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Sinclair, based outside Baltimore, began airing the promotional campaign last week during newscasts on its stations across the country.

Trump's Monday morning tweet effectively drew more attention to the controversy around the spots.

"When media giants gobble up local news stations, there are repercussions", Mary Nam, a lead anchor at a Sinclair-owned local channel, tweeted.

Case in point, yesterday NY magazine's Daily Intelligencer posted a new story outlining a series of emails the outlet had exchanged with Smith regarding his feelings about print media-namely newspapers and magazines.

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Instead of the federal law that states that no broadcaster can surpass more than 39 percent of households, Pai created a loophole that would allow Sinclair Broadcasting to reach more of the American public, while still staying below the threshold.

On its website Allied Progress says Sinclair "has never been shy about its ultimate goal: a "final consolidation" of the local news industry leaving complete control over local stations in the hands of as few as two companies".

Nine months ago, John Oliver pointed out the insanity going on with the broadcast company on his show Last Week Tonight. "Shamefully, and in direct violation of the court's orders, no proper evaluation has occurred", said Free Press Deputy Director and Senior Counsel Jessica J. González in a statement. And Trump's tweet just yesterday essentially praising them over CNN and NBC as much fairer and much better, you know, has cast a certain light on the decision that his lawyers at the Justice Department are now poised to make.

But Sinclair's influence might not be so apparent going forward; it might be far more hard to track. "I felt like a POW recording a message", one of the anchors told the Reliable Sourceshost.

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The Democratic lawmakers also noted that Trump reportedly discussed potential FCC rule changes in a meeting with Sinclair's executive chairman and said that Pai or his staff "have met with Sinclair representatives on numerous occasions".

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