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Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Sinclair Broadcasting's $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media's TV stations looks all but dead
The proposed deal to make the country's largest owner of TV stations even bigger, expanding its reach to nearly three-quarters of U.S. households, looks all but dead after FCC chair Ajit Pai expressed skepticism about Sinclair's plans. As Politico's Margaret Harding McGill explains, "the story of how Sinclair's deal ran into trouble, despite its considerable sway in Republican-led Washington, is a tale of stunning hubris, according to officials inside and outside the FCC who watched the drama unfold. The broadcaster needed to sell stations to stay under federal media ownership limits, but instead it aggressively pushed proposals that would have left it in effective control of some of those spun-off outlets — raising alarms at an FCC that had already relaxed some ownership rules to the company's benefit."
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
Sinclair Broadcasting is said to be planning to launch a streaming TV service to rival Fox News
The largest owner of local TV stations in the nation had previously denied that it wanted to creative a national conservative media outlet to rival Fox News. But Buzzfeed reports that Sinclair is planning to launch STIRR, a free streaming app that would would house a 24/7 TV channel featuring local news and national programming with a conservative bent. A spokesperson for Sinclair declined to comment.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 7:15PM EDT
Sinclair creates a video accusing CNN of being hypocritical
A link at the top of every local Sinclair Broadcasting station's website goes to a YouTube video that asks the question, "Did CNN Attack Sinclair For Doing Exactly What CNN Has Done For Years?"
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
Creator of Deadspin's viral Sinclair video worries he may have bolstered the company's message
Millions of people watched the viral video created by Deadspin video director Timothy Burke, showing anchors from around the country reading from the same Sinclair script. Burke says so many people watched the video that it could've been viewed in three different contexts. One as proof of "fake news" that is usually promoted by right-leaning outlets and President Trump. Another as a creepy, Orwellian video, as was intended. "The third context," he says, "is perhaps the most frightening, and may constitute the one from which a majority of viewers encounter it. Absent any background on media consolidation in this country, nor knowledge of what Sinclair is and what political angles they push on their viewers, such a middle-of-the-road viewer could simply conclude that 'you can’t trust the news,' and, when confronted with this video evidence that 'they’re all reading from the same script,' simply mark down his or her internal confidence in news media in general."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 2:28PM EDT
An anti-Sinclair ad featuring Deadspin's viral video is scheduled to air on Sinclair stations this weekend
Washington-based consumer advocacy group Allied Progress plans to run the ads during the 4 a.m. news Friday on Baltimore's WBFF and during Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Sinclair Broadcasting is headquartered in Baltimore.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 6:37PM EDT
Amy Schumer cancels an interview with a Sinclair-owned station over "fake news" promos controversy
Schumer was scheduled to sit down with ABC's Washington, D.C. affiliate to promote her new movie I Feel Pretty. But a source tells Buzzfeed Schumer plans to avoid Sinclair stations amid the controversy over news anchors being forced to read anti-"fake news" promos. ALSO: Some Sinclair journalists are fighting back against their Sinclair Broadcasting bosses.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 12:48AM EDT
Sinclair boss defends having local news anchors read scripted statements: “You cant be serious!”
“Do you understand that as a practical matter every word that comes out of the mouths of network news people is scripted and approved by someone?” said David D. Smith, chairman of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, in a lengthy email to The New York Times. He added: "Not that you would print it, but do you understand that every local TV station is required to ‘must run’ from its network their content, and they don’t own me. That would be all their news programming and other shows such as late-night talk, which is just late-night political so-called comedy.”
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
Dan Rather calls Sinclair news anchors reading the same script "propaganda" and "Orwellian"
The former CBS News anchor was reacting to Deadspin's viral video, which has been viewed more than 10 million times in the past two days (between Twitter and YouTube). "News anchors looking into camera and reading a script handed down by a corporate overlord, words meant to obscure the truth not elucidate it, isn't journalism," he tweeted. "It's propaganda. It's Orwellian. A slippery slope to how despots wrest power, silence dissent, and oppress the masses." ALSO: One Sinclair-owned station said it rejected the announcement.
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 2:55PM EDT
Sinclair Broadcasting fires back at “misleading, often defamatory stories”
Sinclair senior vice president Scott Livingston responded to the uproar surrounding Deadspin's viral video of anchors throughout the country reading the same anti-news script, accusing journalists of "aggregating often-flawed-reporting-content published by other media outlets, without fact checking it—or calling us to confirm any of it. By contrast, we have hundreds and hundreds of journalists in Sinclair, who go into the field each day, conduct their own original interviews –face-to-face—and create truly original content for our their local audiences.”
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:51AM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel slams Sinclair Broadcasting Group -- owner of numerous ABC affiliates -- for forcing local anchors to bash the media
Kimmel tweeted out a link to a viral Deadspin video that showed Sinclair's local anchors eerily reading the same media-bashing script that seemed to echo President Trump's war on "fake news." Sinclair owns at least 33 ABC affiliates and is the largest owner of U.S. TV stations. Stephen Colbert also tweeted out the video over the weekend. Colbert's Late Show is broadcast on at least 27 CBS affiliates owned by Sinclair. According to CNN's Brian Stelter, the local news stations have no choice but to run the anti-media talking points about "fake stories" and "personal bias" plaguing the media. John Oliver also addressed the viral video on Last Week Tonight, saying the anchors looked like "members of a brainwashed cult."
- President Trump defended Sinclair in a Monday morning tweet: "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."
Posted Wednesday 10/25/17 at 1:54PM EDT
21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch says Bill O’Reilly’s reported $32 million settlement was “news to me”
"The settlement wasn't a company settlement, and it was news to me when we saw that number the other day," he said this morning, after his company was criticized for re-signing O’Reilly to a new Fox News contract shortly after the settlement. ALSO: Sinclair Broadcasting may bring O'Reilly back to his old timeslot.