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Additional reaction to Sinclair Broadcasting's "commitment to reporting facts"

Trump, Oliver, Sinclair and Scarborough

The Deadspin videos (see one post down) have gone viral and helped to increase awareness of what Sinclair Broadcasting is trying to do to local TV news. Here are some of the reactions:

From President Trump:

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April 02, 2018

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

Sinclair Media update

Ethics be damned: WTOV's owner solicits money from its news directors for its PAC (political action committee)

From the Washington Post:

Sinclair Broadcast Group is asking its executives — including the news directors at its many stations — to contribute to its political action committee, a move that journalism ethics experts say is highly unusual and troubling.

Why should we be concerned?

Major TV news . . .

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February 13, 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

A Media Matters study concluded that local broadcast news is doing a terrible job informing us about Republican tax reforms

No surprise -- the study found that Sinclair-owned stations (like local channel 9) are the worst

Yesterday, Media Matters published a study that examined the news content of twenty local television stations in five markets to see how well they were covering the Senate's tax reform bill. Their analysis:

found that key provisions of the tax bill put forth by Senate Republicans were all but omitted from local media . . .

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November 30, 2017

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