Sinclair Broadcast Group has acquired broadcasters across the country, and although Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai is being investigated for rule changes that benefit media companies with a right-wing agenda, Sinclair's impact is felt.
Sinclair now owns more than 170 US news channels, making it the largest owner in the country. The fact that the company's executives use local channels for Donald Trump positions, the media beats much of the journalistic community for the dissemination of counterfeit messages. Now Deadspin has put together a promo supercut that anchors need to read.
How America's Biggest Local TV Owner Turned Its Newspaper into Soldiers in Trump's War on the Media: https://t.co/iLVtKRQycL pic.twitter.com/dMdSGellH3
̵1; Deadspin (@Deadspin) March 31, 2018
Why is that a big deal? As the leftist Think Progress writes:
Sinclair has long produced "must-run" segments for its broadcasters, distributing them to its various affiliates, and requiring local broadcasters to produce controversial, typically conservative commentary in addition to their regular coverage. In recent weeks, however, it has begun to target the competition and mention, among other things, "fake news" …
Sinclair regularly runs favorable disinformation segments for President Trump: One of his main reasons is a Repeated Pre- Taped segment with Sinclair's political editor-in-chief, Russia-born former Trump advisor Boris Epshteyn. As previously reported by ThinkProgress, these segments often contain misleading talk and misinformation from the Trump administration, packaged as actual policy analysis and reporting.
Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and adviser, said in 2016 that Trump's campaign had agreed to an agreement with Sinclair that would give Sinclair more access to Trump in return for trump-centric coverage.
Sinclair is also buying Tribune Media, which would give Sinclair another 42 TV channels. It was the ability to receive at least 70 percent of US households.
As an anonymous leader told CNN, "I felt uncomfortable doing it." Another said, "I felt like a prisoner of war recording a message." 19659002] H / T Deadspin