"But we're concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country", the script reads, sounding similar to media criticism President Trump often aired. You would never see the integrity of a zany weather guy compromised like this.
Sinclair Broadcast Group owns a growing number of local TV stations across the U.S., and it's come under fire previously for newsroom tactics dictated by its Maryland headquarters.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc is a television broadcasting company. The $3.9-billion acquisition is still being reviewed by the government for regulatory approval.
SBG, which owns more than 170 news channels across the United States, reportedly compelled anchors and reporters to become mouthpieces for right-wing politics by forcing "must-run" segments on their outlets - segments that the management apparently ordered local newscasters to run in-between their scheduled programs.
"The overall goal for Team Trump appears to be the creation of a media system that would allow it to craft a message at Trump Tower or the White House and distribute it instantly through this burgeoning media machine via national cable on Fox, Sinclair's network of local TV stations, the president's Twitter following, and videos spread throughout social media", I wrote on August 11.
All these threads are very much worth pursuing, yet let's please not overlook the degree to which this script is a piece of garbage on its own terms. After receiving more than 50, he fashioned them into a video that shows anchors reading different portions of the text, either simultaneously or one after the other.
Then, on Friday, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published the script in its entirety. Jefferies Group initiated coverage on Sinclair Broadcast Group in a research report on Thursday, December 14th.
"We are focused on fact-based reporting", Mr. Livingston continued. "Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke".
John Oliver, who had criticized Sinclair Broadcast Group for instilling conservative bias into local news coverage in an extended segment last summer, returned to the topic in his "Last Week Tonight" broadcast on HBO Sunday.
People rightfully slammed the network for making its reporters read forced scripts.
CNN'sBrian Stelter first broke the story in early March, reporting that local journalists were uncomfortable with being forced to read promos "echoing President Trump's inflammatory rhetoric about 'fake news'".
Nine months ago, John Oliver pointed out the insanity going on with the broadcast company on his show Last Week Tonight.
(A) But we are human and sometimes our reporting might fall short. Burke said he's received a number of emails from people who work at Sinclair stations but he's been too busy at his regular job posting sports videos to look into them.
The employees said they felt they needed to speak anonymously because they were anxious they could lose their jobs if identified.