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Sinclair Broadcasting’s news readers: “This is extremely dangerous to our democracy”

I hope they see the irony

Timothy Burke at Deadspin has put together an excellent compilation of the talking heads (the Sinclair puppets -- not the 80’s band) looking like Sinclair’s “hostages in proof-of-life videos.” (If you watch closely, you'll see two of local channel 9's anchors.)

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April 01, 2018

WTOV takes another step toward becoming “Trump TV”

Following through on the Trump/Sinclair Broadcasting war with mainstream media (with 3/28 update)

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Earlier this month CNN broke the story that Sinclair Broadcasting would require their local news anchors to attack the “fake stories” found in other news outlets. (I wrote about it here.)

The CNN report, based upon an internal Sinclair document, clearly explained what the anchors were to do:

"Please . . .

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March 27, 2018

The “noxious media weed” (Sinclair Broadcasting) takes a big step toward becoming Trump TV

Going way beyond the “Terrorism Alert Desk” and must-run Epshteyn and Hyman commentaries, Sinclair Broadcasting is now requiring local news anchors to attack national media for fake news and bias

CNN is reporting that Sinclair-owned stations (like local Channel 9 WTOV in Steubenville) will require their news anchors to participate in the creation of promos that will attack the “fake stories” found in other news outlets:

The promos are supposed to start airing on local stations later this month. The instructions sent to . . .

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March 08, 2018

Is this the end of locally-produced, small-market television news?

The FCC eliminates the Main Studio Rule

What happened

TV Technology explains:

The new FCC rule eliminating a nearly 80-year old requirement that each AM, FM and TV station maintain a main studio in its community of license will take effect Jan. 8, 2018.

The effective date—30 days after publication of the rule in the Federal Register, which occurred Dec. . . .

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December 13, 2017

Sinclair Broadcasting (local channel 9's owner) moves even closer to Trump

Sinclair commentator Epshteyn: Anthony Scaramucci to bring a "fresh perspective" to the White House

Sinclair Broadcasting's Boris Epshteyn continued his praise of all-things Trump in a Friday commentary about the appointment of Anthony Saramucci as White House communication director:

The president wanted to bring in a fresh perspective to help manage and communicate the White House's message. . . .

I know Anthony . . .

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August 01, 2017

More on WTOV's owner - Sinclair Broadcasting

Is Trump TV on its way?

A week ago I wrote an extended post on Sinclair Broadcasting Group's attempts to dominate local television news. (WTOV in Steubenville is a Sinclair-owned station.) Here are a couple of additional articles.

The New York Times continued its coverage of Sinclair with a report on Sinclair's requirement that local stations run . . .

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May 20, 2017

Under the radar: a Trump favorite and America's largest TV empire gets even bigger

Sinclair (owner of local TV station WTOV) buys Tribune Media and its 42 stations including the WGN America network

The purchase

Sinclair Broadcasting, which owns TV channels in Steubenville, recently purchased Tribune Media. From the New York Times earlier this week:

Already the largest owner of local television stations in the United States, Sinclair said Monday that it had agreed to buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion, beating out . . .

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May 12, 2017

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