Sinclair Broadcast Group Faces Backlash Over Scripted Promos: ‘This Is Extremely Dangerous to Our Democracy’
Earlier this year, CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest owner of local news stations in the country with over 200 owned or operated, would be requiring local news anchors to read a scripted promo that reflects a mistrust of the media. Some in the news industry expressed outrage at the time, but the anger has ignited Twitter in recent days after Deadspin created a compilation video showing dozens of newscasters reading the same promo.
A Sinclair - owned television station in Wisconsin spoke out Monday against the company’s new mandated promotional message, choosing not to air the In response to the Sinclair message aired : "WMSN/FOX47 Madison did not air the Sinclair promotional announcement during our 9pm
A Sinclair Broadcast Group- owned TV station announced Monday it has chosen not to air a mandated promotional message that critics said parroted President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media .
A Sinclair-owned television station in Wisconsin spoke out Monday against the company's new mandated promotional message, choosing not to air the announcement over the weekend.
The conservative broadcasting company has caused a stir for requiring its anchors to read aloud a promotional message warning against "fake stories" in other media outlets.
"WMSN/FOX47 Madison did not air the Sinclair promotional announcement during our 9pm news this weekend," the station tweeted.
In response to the Sinclair message aired: "WMSN/FOX47 Madison did not air the Sinclair promotional announcement during our 9pm news this weekend. Rather, we stayed true to our commitment to provide our Madison area viewers local news, weather and sports of interest to them."
Sinclair defends itself over uproar after local news anchors read anti-'false news' screed
The nation's largest broadcaster is facing criticism after having anchors at dozens of its stations read a script warning viewers about other media outlets' faked news.Dozens of stations belonging to the nation's largest broadcaster have aired video promotions in the last few weeks in which their local on-air news hosts voice concerns about "the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country." The anchors then go on to say that many media outlets are publishing "fake stories" and pushing agendas.- FOX 47 Madison (@fox47madison)
to air media bias promo A Sinclair - owned television station in Wisconsin spoke out against the company’s new mandated promotional message, choosing North Korea Issues Rare Apology Over Media Access to K-Pop Show South Korean reporters visiting North Korea’s capital to cover a K-pop
Sinclair has faced scrutiny from some media critics, as well as some of its station employees, for the conservative slant of their Sinclair pioneered the concept of the local marketing agreement (LMA) in American television in 1991, when it sold WPTT to its general manager Eddie Edwards (founder of
Several prominent media figures, including Joe Scarborough, Jimmy Kimmel and John Oliver, have criticized the message, which calls out "biased and fake news," and says "national media outlets are publishing these same fake stories without checking facts first."
"Nothing says 'We value independent media' like dozens of reporters forced to repeat the same message over and over again like members of a brainwashed cult," Oliver said on his HBO show.
A Democratic congressional candidate pulled her campaign ads from a Sinclair-owned station, calling the message right-wing "propaganda."
Sinclair against the backlash in a tweet Monday morning.
So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased. Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.
Former Sinclair anchor: Scripted segments 'not good for America'
A former anchor for a Sinclair Broadcasting TV station in Baltimore said Monday that the company's mandate for on-air talent to read scripted segments warning of media bias is "not good for America." Kirk Clyatt told MSNBC that local affiliates have been forced to replace community stories with "these forced, must-run, lockstep with the Trump administration commentaries."Kirk Clyatt told MSNBC that local affiliates have been forced to replace community stories with "these forced, must-run, lockstep with the Trump administration commentaries.
In 2018, Sinclair required all of its television stations to air a message that called out " biased and fake news" and says "national media outlets are publishing these same fake stories without checking facts first." " Sinclair - owned TV station chooses not to air media bias promo ".
Sinclair , America's largest operator of local TV stations , is in the spotlight after a controversial Some staffers say they're embarrassed by the promos and concerned about their own credibility as Sinclair is trying to further expand its footprint by buying Tribune Media 's portfolio of several dozen TV stations . Some lawmakers choose not to participate—which is their option—but all lawmakers
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
A Sinclair Broadcasting senior executive also, saying the promos show the company's "commitment to our communities."
"The critics are now upset about our well-researched journalistic initiative focused on fair and objective reporting," Scott Livingston, senior vice president of news, wrote in an internal memo.
FCC chairman rejects senators' request to investigate Sinclair .
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday rejected a request from a dozen senators to investigate Sinclair Broadcast Group for "distorting news" coverage.The senators - 11 Democrats and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) - asked the FCC to review Sin clair's broadcast license and pause its proposed merger after the company had anchors across the country read scripted promos warning of "fake news" and media bias.However, Pai turned down their request, saying an investigation would conflict with his commitment to the First Amendment and freedom of the press, according to a letter obtained by The Hill.