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Sinclair Broadcast Group Under Fire For 'Pro-Trump' Promo Videos

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Diane Mills | 07 April, 2018, 00:54

More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories, stories that simply aren't true, without checking facts first.

Sinclair's roots go back to the early 1970s, with a single station in Baltimore, created by engineer Julian Sinclair Smith.

Disapproval of the policy ranges from nation to local.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) saw traces of authoritarianism in Sinclair's promo.

And in Cincinnati, City Councilman P.G. His script was similar to the one the news anchors recently read, according to the newspaper. "Creepy, cult-ish, and way too propagandistic for my taste", the Democrat said in tweet Sunday. And the company is looking to expand its influence into more markets with a $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media. The script was prepared by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which reportedly mandated local stations the company owns to air the promo spots.

Deadspin received a hat tip from HBO's John Oliver, whose "Last Week Tonight" did a lengthy story on Sinclair last season. Non-profit progressive news group ThinkProgress also put together its own video and posted it on its YouTube page.

Amid the growing controversy, President Donald Trump came out in support of Sinclair on Twitter Monday.

For Trump's critics, his tweet of the Sinclair Broadcasting shows bias toward a conservative-leaning agenda rather than the neutral/left-leaning input that news organizations provide to the public. "The "Fakers" at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!" he wrote Tuesday. "Some other false stories, like the false "Pizzagate" story, can result in risky consequences".

"That's our commitment to our communities. We consider it our honor, our privilege to responsibly deliver the news every day". As anchors pledged "very hard to seek the truth and strive to be fair, balanced, and factual", viewers are finding those words hard to believe.

It is understood that numerous anchors forced to read the script felt uncomfortable doing so. "I felt like a POW recording a message", one anchor said.

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Some of the concerned Sinclair staffers said they appreciated the national attention, but they're more anxious about how local viewers are reacting.

"This is extremely risky to our democracy", anchors say over and over in the Deadspin edit.

A top Sinclair executive calls print news "meaningless dribble." .

In Trump's America, politics have become more tribal than ever before.

Sinclair is known for its conservative agenda and received backlash for showing favoritism toward Trump, while highlighting the negative aspects of the Clinton campaign.

Trump defended Sinclair in a tweet on Monday.

Meanwhile, the FCC's inspector general is investigating the relationship between Sinclair and the agency's chairman, Ajit Pai.

And yes, Martin and McCrain's study does show that Sinclair focuses far more on national political news than its competitors.

Sinclair is the biggest owner of local television stations in the United States, owning or operating 173 of them.

The senior director also pointed out that while it might not require stations to advertise its ownership, they do mandate that stations broadcast "must-run commentary".

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