Sinclair Executive Chairman Lashes Out at Print Media Calling It 'Meaningless Dribble'

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Sinclair wrote promos for its network of local broadcasters. "More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories without checking facts first". At a time when trust in media is eroding, the Sinclair promo not only told viewers to trust media less because of partisan bias; it allows them to cry "fake news" at anything they disagree with.

The media company has been under enormous pressure recently after a video from Deadspin showed local anchors sharing the same anti-media talking points all over the country.

The Times noted that past year Sinclair had asked its stations to air a piece from Scott Livingston, who is now the company's senior vice president of news. Along with that reporter, other Sinclair employees in other markets are describing heated conversations are taking place in newsrooms and anger towards company's headquarters.

One of those stations, WICS, is based in Springfield, and owned by this group.

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

Sinclair owns or operates 193 TV stations in 89 United States markets, and it has repeatedly required them to run segments that spread right-wing messages. The Terrorism Alert Desk about security threats around the world is another regular feature.

Trump tweeted that "The Fake News Networks, those that knowingly have a sick and biased AGENDA, are anxious about the competition and quality of Sinclair Broadcast".

Sinclair drew sharp criticism across the Internet for the shameless move, with some even calling to boycott its stations. The deal, which is still seeking approval from the FCC and Justice Dept., would give Sinclair the largest reach of any TV network in the nation, exceeding the current 39 percent ownership cap. The deal would add dozens more stations to its portfolio.

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Sinclair journalists leaked details of their contracts on Monday and said they faced fines if they quit while under contract.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., expressed his concerns in a letter to Smith. It is unclear if any stations have refused to broadcast them.

The video's repetition illustrates Sinclair's reach in a way mere numbers can't, said Jeff Jarvis, a journalism professor at the City University of NY. Not only does what they're being told to do grossly compromise journalistic integrity, but making it mandatory for on-air personalities to recite the agenda of a leader is basically tantamount to state-run TV that we associate with places like North Korea and Russian Federation. "I don't say that to scare you by any means but I do say this so you understand how serious (Sinclair) is about this project".

SBG is the corporate abbreviation for Sinclair. Epsheteyn commentaries are generally favorable to Trump and his policies, as with his commentary - which aired Sunday during the KATU morning news - about the trade deal between the US and South Korea "is a win" for American businesses and "our economy", not the start of a trade war.

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