Not surprising given their Sinclair ownership, WTOV covers the astroturfing without once mentioning the Koch brothers, Americans for Prosperity, or the organization’s right-wing agenda
From Saturday’s WTOV’s news coverage:
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"What the Grassroots Leadership Academy does is teach people how to drive real change in their local community," said trainer Ron Ferguson. "It teaches them how to get involved with things like business, education, community and government."
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.)
Following through on the Trump/Sinclair Broadcasting war with mainstream media (with 3/28 update)
The CNN report, based upon an internal Sinclair document, clearly explained what the anchors were to do:
"Please . . .
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 . . .
The FCC eliminates the Main Studio Rule
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. . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .