Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

What is Sinclair Broadcast Group, and why is it in the news?

What is Sinclair Broadcast Group, and why is it in the news?

Norma Holland from "13WHAM News" tells the public she did not want to read the script, but was anxious about losing her job. But journalists are called to respect news consumers enough to give them truth.

NPR reports that Sinclair has typically been conservative-leaning and pro-Trump, requiring local stations to "run right-wing commentary segments, including segments by former Trump advisers".

Most of Sinclair's stations are CNN affiliates - meaning CNN shares content and resources with them and vice versa. "I've been talking with staffers at Sinclair-owned stations for several weeks - here's my brand new story about all this". Democrats and Republicans are about equally as likely to watch local news, according to Pew. Now, Sinclair has put out a statement denying there is a political agenda to these promos read by the anchors at station after station. His four sons later took over the business and expanded it through a series of station acquisitions starting in the 1980s.

Progressive consumer watchdog group Allied Progress is trying to place a six-figure ad buy on Sinclair Broadcasting stations across the country - to run anti-Sinclair ads suggesting the huge "local" news giant is "extremely unsafe to our democracy".

"Sinclair's probably the most risky company most people have never heard of", said Michael Copps, the chairman of Federal Communications Commission under George W. Bush.

It's understandable to have networks that cater more to your political views like MSNBC, CNN or Fox News. "Just no credibility", said David Smith, Sinclair's executive to NY magazine in a piece published Tuesday.

John Oliver also drew attention to the Sinclair spots Sunday night on his HBO show Last Week Tonight, calling them "propaganda". Many of those air conservative biases, Oliver said.

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In the Sinclair script, which Stelter obtained and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer posted Friday, local anchors begin the video segment stating their pride in "the quality, balanced journalism that (their station) produces". He added that he has felt "on edge" toward Sinclair for the past year and a half.

In exchange, Sinclair would broadcast their Trump interviews across the country without commentary, Kushner said.

Media investor Peter Chernin, who held high-ranking positions at Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation for two decades, tweeted, "This is insidious".

"The print media is so left wing as to be meaningless dribble which accounts for why the industry is and will fade away".

A pending merger with Tribune Media would expand its reach even more.

"I was a broadcast journalist for 32 years, and I see this Sinclair move as an effort to discredit all news media except Sinclair", Gardner told the Statesman. Seven of those Tribune stations are in 10 of the country's largest media markets.

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