Get out your tin-foil hats: Sinclair Broadcasting’s local television affiliates (ours is WTOV 9) to give credibility to a conspiracy theorist that argues that Dr. Fauci created the coronavirus
With evening update -- Sinclair delays broadcast
From CNN Business:
Local television stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group are set to air a conspiracy theory over the weekend that suggests Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top expert on infectious diseases, was responsible for the creation of the coronavirus.
The baseless conspiracy theory is set to air on stations across the country in a segment during the program "America This Week" hosted by Eric Bolling.
(I checked our local cable guide and it appears that “America This Week” will air locally on Sinclair-owned Channel 9 (WTOV) tomorrow (Sunday) at 11:30 PM.)
The article explains:
In this week's episode of the show, Bolling spoke with Judy Mikovits, the medical researcher featured in the discredited "Plandemic" video that went viral earlier this year and which was banned from platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. Throughout the segment, the on-screen graphic read, "DID DR. FAUCI CREATE COVID-19?"
During the interview Mikovits told Bolling that Fauci had over the past decade "manufactured" and shipped coronaviruses to Wuhan, China, which became the original epicenter of the current outbreak. Bolling noted that this was a "hefty claim," but did not meaningfully challenge Mikovits and allowed her to continue making her case.
Note – For more information, see Media Matters which broke this story Thursday with:
Sinclair gives “Plandemic" conspiracy theorists a platform to spread their lies about Dr. Fauci and the coronavirus
Evening update -- Sinclair to delay broadcast
Sinclair Broadcasting, one of the nation’s largest operators of local TV stations, said on Saturday it would delay its planned presentation of a news report featuring commentators offering discredited conspiracy theories about the nation’s coronavirus pandemic, after the piece drew scrutiny and pushback.
“We will spend the coming days bringing together other viewpoints and provide additional context,” the Hunt Valley, Maryland, company said in a statement Saturday afternoon. “All stations have been notified not to air this and will instead be re-airing last week’s episode in its place.”