Final weekend, the Sinclair Broadcasting Group got here underneath hearth when Deadspin put collectively the above damning video compilation of native information stations throughout the nation being compelled to learn from a script warning of “biased and false information.” Because the right-wing group was lambasted by progressive media, workers started anonymously coming ahead to disclose a few of the extra nefarious practices of the corporate.
Now, the patron watchdog group Allied Progress is attempting to stop Sinclair from buying much more stations in a proposed merger with Tribune Media. Allied is looking for the Federal Communication Fee (FCC) to place a cease to the merger, which might end result within the largest native tv information monopoly in American historical past, with Sinclair stations reaching 72 % of households in the USA.
Allied introduced immediately in a press launch a six-figure, one-week advert purchase to run anti-Sinclair commercials on 4 Sinclair-owned stations in Washington, D.C., Des Moines, Seattle, and Sinclair’s flagship Fox Information station in Baltimore, beginning this Friday, April 6.
“People belief native media to ship goal information concerning the communities the place they stay and work, however these watching scores of Sinclair stations across the nation final week had been as a substitute force-fed politically impressed, anti-media propaganda that ought to have earned President Trump a writing credit score. That so many native anchors must select between offering for his or her households and demonstrating sound journalistic integrity solely underscores the significance of stopping Sinclair’s acknowledged purpose of controlling each native information station within the nation. The Sinclair/Tribune merger have to be rejected,” stated Karl Frisch, govt director of Allied Progress.
Frisch additionally notes that ought to this merger undergo, as Sinclair’s anchors had been compelled to say, this could be “extraordinarily harmful to a democracy.”
You possibly can watch the 30 second spot beneath:
(By way of Broadcasting Cable, Allied)
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