Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc (NASDAQ:SBGI) Stake Lowered by BlackRock Inc

07 April, 2018, 00:56 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group owns over 200 local news stations across the United States including WGN

"I write with concerns following Sinclair Broadcast Group's decision to require local news anchors at Sinclair-owned stations to deliver a scripted promotional message on-air", he said. That the company, which owns 193 TV stations, apparently required its anchors to record the promos has rankled critics who note the right-leaning tendencies of Sinclair's owners, The New York Times reports.

Sinclair again has shown how corporate control of local news can be unsafe for democracy.

The internet lit up over the weekend after videos showed dozens of local newscasters across the country using the same script to criticize the news industry.

Sinclair has become a major target of criticism from other media companies, as it is now expanding its business by purchasing other TV stations.

Meanwhile, CNN's Jim Acosta was criticised by some conservative media outlets on Monday for shouting questions about immigration to Trump while the president and first lady were attending an Easter event on the grounds of the White House.

The company's map of stations shows its presence is almost every part of the country except for northern and central states like Wyoming, North Dakota and Minnesota.

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Donald Trump has defended Sinclair today. The one-minute spots feature the stations' local anchors reading from a script produced by Sinclair executives. "Here's why", the tweet reads, followed by a link to CNN story breaking the resignation news.

The 60- to 75-second editorials are read by local anchors and air during local news programs.

Sinclair did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Newsweek. The site posted it on Twitter - it had more than 7 million views midday Monday - and its other social media pages Saturday and saw it replayed on HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Sunday. Trump-friendly media encourages the president's base to be suspicious of mainstream media, which leads to acceptance of conspiracy theories and denial of reality. His story recounts how many anchors chafed at the mandate, with one saying he "felt like a POW recording a message".

"Trump tweeted that the "'Fakers' at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!"

And yes, Martin and McCrain's study does show that Sinclair focuses far more on national political news than its competitors. For example, a December 2016 story by Politico said that The Trump campaign "struck a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group during the campaign to try and secure better media coverage". Sinclair employs Boris Ephshteyn, a former Trump aide, as its chief political analyst. "Shamefully, and in direct violation of the court's orders, no proper evaluation has occurred", said Free Press Deputy Director and Senior Counsel Jessica J. González in a statement.



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