Sinclair Broadcast Group, the conservative-leaning, Hunt Valley-based television news conglomerate, made waves recently when it distributed a script to local anchors at all its stations admonishing the media for sharing unverified, fake news — a move some viewed as propaganda in President Donald Trump’s ongoing war on unflattering coverage.For those who need a refresher: What is Sinclair, anyway?The company, founded by Julian Sinclair Smith, started as a single radio station in Baltimore and moved into television with the creation of WBFF Fox45 in 1971. It consolidated its operations in Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio, in the 1980s, went public in 1995 — and has since grown into a nearly 200-station local media behemoth.Some quick facts:» The company owns 193 television stations and 614 channels across 89 U.S. markets.» Its pending $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media — The TV side of former Baltimore Sun parent company Tribune Co. — … [Read more...] about What is Sinclair Broadcast Group, and why is it in the news?
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Style by Eli Rosenberg by Eli Rosenberg Email the author April 2 at 10:58 PM Email the author Sinclair Broadcast Group, the owner of the largest number of local news stations around the country, has come under harsh criticism after a video highlighted what some see as an attempt at politicized corporate message control. (Twitter/Deadspin) Sinclair Broadcast Group is not as well-known a name in television as Fox News’ News Corp. or CNN’s Turner Broadcasting System, but its reach may rival that of a cable juggernaut. The company is the largest owner of local television stations in the country, … [Read more...] about Get to know Sinclair Broadcast Group, the conservative local news giant with a growing reach
Reaction continues to pour in over local anchors being required to read a script attacking "biased and false news" in segments airing on TV stations -- including Portland's KATU -- which are owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Calls to Sinclair and to KATU requesting comment haven't been returned as of 5 p.m. Monday. But The Oregonian/OregonLive has confirmed that KATU staff were sent a memo on Monday that addressed the controversy. The memo reads, in part, that the promos had been airing for more than a week "with very few calls," and that people calling "are complaining about something they most likely haven't actually watched and don't have full context on due to social media, etc." Callers can write their concerns, the memo says, on the KATU.com home page, by clicking on the link to http://katu.com/content-concerns. Staffers are also reminded not to talk to the media about the promos. The Sinclair-mandated promos were first reported by CNN's Brian Stelter in early … [Read more...] about Sinclair Broadcast Group says promos on KATU and other stations ‘served no political agenda’
Sinclair Broadcast Group has been thrust into the spotlight by a viral video showing anchors from its news stations nationwide reading a company-mandated promotional announcement warning against media bias and “false news.”The video compiled by the website Deadspin presents local anchors reciting from the same script, which in part echoes President Trump’s criticism of news organizations.The promos are drawing scrutiny as Baltimore-based Sinclair, known for its conservative political leanings, already forces its local stations to run right-leaning commentaries and news packages that are produced by the parent company.Sinclair, already the biggest TV broadcaster in the U.S., has 193 television stations and a deal to acquire an additional 42 from Tribune Media, which owns outlets KTLA in Los Angeles, WPIX in New York and WGN in Chicago. The $3.9-billion acquisition is still being reviewed by the government for regulatory approval.The script read by the various news … [Read more...] about Sinclair Broadcast Group’s ‘false news’ promo, which it made news anchors recite, goes viral
John Oliver is blasting Sinclair Broadcast Group — calling the telecom giant "extremely biased" and "terrifying" for a promo video featuring local broadcasters reciting a script about “irresponsible, one-sided news stories.” The "media bashing" video, as CNN refers to it, features news anchors from Sinclair's local broadcast stations discussing some media outlets’ “bias and agenda to control 'exactly what people think.'" The message that Sinclair Broadcast Group reporters attempt to convey in their video is that they are the counterpart to mainstream media's "fake news" stories, echoing one of President Trump's "favorite screaming points," as Oliver put it. On Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” the host challenged the viral video's message of "independent" reporting by showing it recited verbatim by the group's employees across its properties to demonstrate Sinclair's "reach and power." "Yeah, nothing says, … [Read more...] about John Oliver slams Sinclair Broadcast Group as ‘brainwashed cult’