Sinclair forced TV anchors to criticize "fake" news-and Trump loved it

Sinclair forced TV anchors to criticize

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".

Sinclair, already the biggest TV news broadcaster in the USA, has 193 television stations and a deal to acquire an additional 42 from Tribune Media, which owns outlets KTLA in Los Angeles, WPIX in NY and WGN in Chicago. After receiving more than 50, he fashioned them into a video that shows anchors reading different portions of the text, either simultaneously or one after the other.

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Meanwhile, CNN's Jim Acosta was criticised by some conservative media outlets on Monday for shouting questions about immigration to Trump while the president and first lady were attending an Easter event on the grounds of the White House. They were told to use time slotted for news, not for advertising, and to repeat the message often.

Sinclair, which owns or operates 193 stations and is the nation's largest broadcaster, provided the script.

Over the weekend, a montage of local news anchors went viral.

Most current Sinclair employees can't speak publicly about the promos, but the practice of mandating anchors to recite such statements is already drawing resistance from one of the Tribune stations that Sinclair plans to take over.




Sinclair owns or operates 193 TV stations in 89 USA markets, and it has repeatedly required them to run segments that spread right-wing messages.

This national message from Sinclair comes as regulators are considering whether to approve its almost $4 billion deal to acquire Tribune Media Co. "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver highlighted Sinclair in 2017, focusing on its "must runs", scripts or segments that the company's stations are ordered to air.

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.

The scripted promo is raising tension among journalists who work for the Sinclair Company, one investigative reporter on the condition of anonymity told CNN Money: "It sickens me the way this company is encroaching upon trusted news brands in rural markets,". The agreement gave Sinclair greater access to Trump and his campaign in exchange for running interviews without commentary, according to Politico. "The "Fakers" at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!"

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

Many liberals have called out Sinclair for the same behavior that these promotions decry.

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