Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

John Oliver Slams "Brainwashed Cult" Sinclair Broadcast Group-Again

3 Pennsylvania news stations have aired 4 versions of Sinclair's promo. The newscasters are WOLF's Ryan Cummins and Jamie Innis WJAC's Jen Johnson WHP's Robb Hanrahan and Jasmine Brooks & WHP's J 'Sinclair is far superior to CNN': Trump is defending the broadcaster that told stations across the country to read a script
| 07 April, 2018, 00:56

As Deadspin's video of anchors reading Sinclair's script went viral, some local anchors began anonymously and openly criticizing the company's attempts to exert ideological control over smaller stations that many American households rely on for daily news.

Sinclair Broadcast Group is a television broadcasting company which, according to its website, owns 193 television stations and 614 channels in 89 USA markets.

Perhaps the most chilling part of the Sinclair script is the section which reads "Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control "exactly what people think".This is extremely unsafe to a democracy".

"This is extremely risky to our democracy", late night host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted Sunday.

Representatives from four Pennsylvania stations owned by media conglomerate Sinclair Broadcast Group are declining to comment on a controversial promo issued by the company's television news stations across the country, including three in the state. "The Fake News Networks, those that knowingly have a sick and biased AGENDA, are anxious about the competition and quality of Sinclair Broadcast".

While Trump supports Sinclair's deal to acquire Tribune Broadcasting, he has criticized the possible acquisition between Time Warner and AT&T, because they are parents of the network he condemns continuously, including CNN. Requiring anchors to read a script essentially attacking their chosen professions as part of a recorded promo is a new move by the media conglomerate.

She added that her supervisors never threatened her job based on her decision not to read the statement, the newspaper reported.


The merger "will help it spread its conservative propaganda further across the country", stated liberal media activist group Media Matters for America.

At the moment, Sinclair hopes to reach a deal with the FCC and Department of Justice in order to obtain Tribune Broadcasting.

Nine months ago, John Oliver pointed out the insanity going on with the broadcast company on his show Last Week Tonight.

"Not that you would print it, but do you understand that every local TV station is required to "must run" from its network their content", he wrote, citing "all their news programming and other shows such as late-night talk, which is just late-night political so-called comedy". His story recounts how many anchors chafed at the mandate, with one saying he "felt like a POW recording a message". "The "Fakers" at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!"

Naturally, people were not happy with the blatant silencing of the freedom of the press. Sinclair broadcast 15 "exclusive" interviews with Trump but zero with Hillary Clinton.

It was a fairly typical Trump tweet - and exactly the kind of message that critics hear echoed in Sinclair's mandatory anchor scripts.

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