Sinclair Responds To "Unfounded Media Criticism" Over Local Journalists' Scripted Mantra

07 April, 2018, 00:54 | Author: Constance French
  • Deadspin  Twitter

Amid the growing controversy, President Donald Trump came out in support of Sinclair on Twitter Monday. They gained widespread attention over the weekend on social media after the websites ThinkProgress and Deadspin edited together dozens of Sinclair anchors reading the identical words on the air.

No matter how much Sinclair tries to deny these obvious similarities and claim to be nonpartisan, the fact that it is forcing local reporters to recite a piece of corporate propaganda is troubling. The hire was skewered in a 2017 segment on HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver".

Sinclair wrote promos for its network of local broadcasters.

The controversial promo has run on Sinclair stations across the country and includes Trump-sounding bits such as "national media outlets are publishing these same fake stories without checking facts first".

Sinclair has previously decried fake news in a segment, shot by a company executive, that local affiliates were instructed to air previous year, according to NPR.

The focus on Sinclair comes after Deadspin published a montage video of the company's anchors across the US reciting a promo that sounds a lot like President Trump's take on the news media.

"It sickens me the way this company is encroaching upon trusted news brands in rural markets", an investigative reporter at Sinclair told CNNMoney on condition of anonymity.

It also describes Sinclair stations as an apolitical source of credible, factual reporting. The group says it found at least 62 Sinclair stations reaching 29 states and the District of Columbia that have broadcast their own versions of the scripted segment.

More news: Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan visit Invictus Games trials

A person in Sinclair management confirmed that tensions are on the rise.

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". The Terrorism Alert Desk about security threats around the world is another regular feature.

The new promo campaign took it to another level, causing even more consternation in local newsrooms.

While the policy, which many staffers have referred to as embarrassing and pushing a pro-Trump agenda of its own, started nearly a month ago, it went viral this past weekend and President Trump tweeted support for the stations this morning. 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".

Employees are letting their displeasure with being used to help advance the companies agenda and speaking anonymously at the fear of losing their jobs.

Ultimately, how can a press remain free and objective when those who are put in control of it are most interested in profit and advancing a political agenda?

The journalist said they are trying to resist the current developments, but can not quit without paying the price.



Eagle lands on Seattle Mariners pitcher
Utilityman Hernan Perez came into the game to relieve the injured Knebel, getting La Stella to line out to left field. The eagle then made a second, more successful attempt, as Paxton ducked his head but remained surprisingly calm.

Market opens in green post Fed rate hike
Despite the stronger growth, lower unemployment rate and higher interest rate forecast, the inflation projection was the same. All eight of them voted for Wednesday's proposed raising of interest rates, in turn making the fiscal policy proposal law.

Struggling to get dates with pictures? Tinder's giving videos a go
It said: "This was part of the changes that we announced today, and we are working with Tinder to address this issue". Tinder users who want to continue talking to their previous matches should access the dating app via their website.

Mexican Government is Breaking Up Migrant Caravan
The threat of militarizing the not an act of respect", she wrote in a letter addressed to Trump. However, caravan organizers have told CNN that Trump's rhetoric and policies have "scared them".

Anonymous Parkland Faculty Member Claims School Failed to Act on Threat Assessment
Marjory Stoneman Douglas students encountered security barriers and bag check lines as they entered campus Monday morning. Ted Nugent said Parkland student David Hogg has been both "brainwashed" and can't be "fixed", the Daily Mail reports .

The Latest on the US-China Trade Conflict: Exchanging Tariffs
But often, investors have caught their breath and decided that a full-blown trade war is unlikely, resulting in sharp recoveries. A Finance Ministry statement said that authorities are watching how the USA implements its proposed trade actions...

Masters 2018: Tony Finau suffers ankle injury celebrating during par-3 contest
The annual Masters Par-3 Contest produced cheers, tears, an unlikely victor and a weird mishap on Wednesday at Augusta National . Nicklaus' grandson, Gary, was caddying for him during the event and made a decision to step up to the tee on the eighth hole.

Marvel's Spider-Man Open World Is 'Several Times' Bigger Than Sunset Overdrive
People who pre-order the game at select retailers will be greeted to a Spider-Man Physical Pin, so long as supplies last. Hilariously there's also a fast travel system that involves Spider hopping right on the NY subway, suit and all.

Grindr Admits To Sharing Its Users' HIV Information
Grindr provided the HIV status along with the user's Global Positioning System data, email and phone ID , the news site reported. The second company, Localytics , was described by Case as a "a software program that we use to analyze our own behavior".

Future iPhones to have curved screens and touchless iOS?
Apple appears to be exploring touchless gesture control and curved screens, according to latest rumors from Bloomberg . The gestures wouldn't need to be close to the screen like how Apple is developing its gesture feature.