Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Sinclair Executive Chairman Lashes Out at Print Media Calling It 'Meaningless Dribble'

Sinclair Executive Chairman Lashes Out at Print Media Calling It 'Meaningless Dribble'

President Donald Trump came to Sinclair's defense in a pair of tweets, one of which said: "The Fake News Networks, those that knowingly have a sick and biased AGENDA, are anxious about the competition and quality of Sinclair Broadcast".

First obtained by FTV Live and published on Tuesday, the memo was sent amid outrage over the right-wing media giant's efforts to force local anchors to read propaganda railing against "false" and "fake" media-outrage that grew exponentially after Deadspin published a compilation of anchors reading Sinclair's script in unison.

Yet again, Sinclair has shown to push its own corporate agenda and bias onto local reporters, fulfilling the exact sentiment it warns against, which is truly even more unsafe to a democracy.

A video mashup of anchors from Sinclair-owned stations reading from the same script decrying "fake" news went viral over the weekend, and was covered by national news outlets.

Tribune owns Dallas TV station KDAF-TV (Channel 33), the city's CW affiliate, so the purchase would mean new ownership for the station.

Trump defended Sinclair. He tweeted on Monday that it was amusing to watch "Fake News Networks" criticizing Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased.

I've written quite a few data-driven stories tracking conservative media, but it's been hard to track Sinclair because it owns hundreds of local stations.

Several news outlets have reported on the promotions and President Trump took some of those to task on Twitter Monday, .

Read the complete New York Times report. "We're concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country", the script read.

If Sinclair Broadcasting grows to encompass 70 percent of American networks, it will affect not only the media diet of many people, but their viewpoints and political ideologies going forward. John Oliver, who had criticized Sinclair Broadcast Group for instilling conservative bias into local news coverage in an extended segment last summer, returned to the topic in his "Last Week Tonight" broadcast on HBO Sunday.

The video was widely circulated and caught the attention of news media professionals as well as celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel who shared the video to an even wider audience. Some unnamed Sinclair staffers told CNN that they were uncomfortable filming the segments.

Sinclair, which is headquartered outside Baltimore, told the Baltimore Sun the script is referencing fabricated stories like "Pope Endorses Trump" or conspiracy theories like "Pizzagate".

Journalists have a responsibility to serve as a bulwark against threats to a free press.

Sinclair has seemingly managed to continue pushing forward with its proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media, which would greatly expand Sinclair's national audience reach, amid the all the criticism. "Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC". You know, Trump's pick as the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission swept aside a bunch of regulations and restrictions that would have prevented Sinclair from growing.

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