April 4, 2018

Question of the Week — Are you concerned about the Sinclair Media “forced script”?

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Sinclair Broadcast Group is the nation’s largest broadcaster.  They control many local news channels, and thus have an outsized influence on what many viewers see when they turn on their televisions.  This weekend, Sinclair came under fire after a reporter at Deadspin stitched together images of Sinclair broadcasters across the nation all reading the same “forced script” about the danger of “fake news.”  The video caused an uproar, leading multiple commentators such as Jimmy Kimmel to call it a “extremely dangerous to our democracy.”  A month ago, CNN had reported on the planned broadcast, with quotes from Sinclair anchors expressing dismay at the perceived “propaganda.”  Sinclair, for its part, calls the broadcast part of its “anchor delivered journalistic responsibility message.”

This is not the first time Sinclair has come under fire for its central control over local news broadcasts.  Critics charge that the Federal Communications Commission has changed policies to benefit the company and antitrust regulators are currently reviewing Sinclair’s efforts to buy Tribune Media.  Sinclair argues its efforts are merely in the name of “fair and objective reporting” and that its large reach is no cause for concern.

What do you think? Are you concerned about the Sinclair Media “forced script”?

Are you concerned about the Sinclair Media "forced script?"

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One Response to “Question of the Week — Are you concerned about the Sinclair Media “forced script”?

  1. I am very concerned any time that a new outlet is willing to act as State TV for an administration that plays fast and loose with the US Constitution. The POTUS at this time is known to be a pathological liar, and yet accuses legitimate news outlets of being fake news. He is the one that generates fake news, and it is very dismaying that Sinclair supports him. I have no intention of watching the partisan garbage they spew on his behalf, any more than I would watch Fox or InfoWars or read Breitbart. I will not support state-sponsored propaganda.