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

Sinclair Anchors Forced To Echo Trump's 'Fake News' Rhetoric

Opponents of the deal continue to worry that it would decrease both competition in local media and diversity in the perspectives that are broadcast.

"The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media", read the original script, though some stations tweaked the language.

"Local news stations now required by Sinclair Broadcasting to parrot the talking points of the president, moving America one step closer to its own version of state run media", Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, wrote Monday on Twitter.

Mary Nam, an anchor at Sinclair's Seattle station KOMO-TV, took a shot at Trump and her own employer after the president suggested that the matter is a "total joke".

Sinclair employees say their parent company often pays especially close attention to its affiliates' editorial activities, meddling in how they present their stories and graphics, and sometimes going so far as to delete offensive comments on an affiliate's online articles before that station's own web editors have a chance to do so. The message calls out supposed bias and false messages in news stories spread on social media and in various unnamed news outlets. The promos describe a "troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories" and claim that "national media outlets are publishing these same fake stories without checking facts first".

Longstanding restrictions on media ownership have been relaxed by Republicans at the Federal Communications Commission since Trump took office a year ago, and Democrats say the moves were created to help Sinclair. It's one of the largest owners of TV stations in the country. The "Terrorism Alert Desk" is a recurring segment.

The spots attracted relatively little controversy when they first aired last week.

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A video published over the weekend shows the sweeping influence that Sinclair Broadcasting Group has over local news stations across the country.

The scripted segments went viral over the weekend when Deadspin put together a mash-up of Sinclair anchors across the country repeating the same speech.

Trump defended Sinclair via tweet Monday.

On March 22 of this year, 38 Democratic lawmakers signed a letter requesting that an assistant attorney general reject the Sinclair-Tribune merger, arguing it would result in "negative competitive consequences" and "less local content". "None of it. When media giants gobble up local news stations, there are repercussions".

More recently, the company has mandated that its stations run a segment about the so-called "deep state" that featured former White House aide Sebastian Gorka, who has pushed a pro-America foreign policy position and claimed shadow government employees are trying to undermine the US government. A new Monmouth University Poll out today says Americans are concerned, in fact, 77 percent of the respondents believe "fake news" is reported at least occasionally in mainstream media. Sinclair is a television broadcasting company that owns or operates 193 US television stations and 614 channels. "If the FCC allows this, there's nothing to stop [other companies] from getting bigger and editorializing on their local newscasts".

"The critics are now upset about our well-researched journalistic initiative focused on fair and objective reporting".

The anchors give no specific examples.

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