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John Oliver Slams "Brainwashed Cult" Sinclair Broadcast Group-Again

03 April, 2018, 03:04 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Although Pearce points out that he doesn't know how much of the Sinclair contracts are enforceable under various labor laws, and just because something is in a contract doesn't make it legal - who among us would want to find out the hard way? (HBO is owned by CNN's parent company, Time Warner).

"We aren't sure of the motivation for the criticism, but find it curious that we would be attacked for asking our news people to remind their audiences that unsubstantiated stories exist on social media, which result in an ill-informed public with potentially unsafe consequences", Livingston said in a statement provided by Sinclair.

Sinclair drew sharp criticism across the Internet for the shameless move, with some even calling to boycott its stations.

The video montage, released by Deadspin, shows many of Sinclair's anchors from across its many stations reading the exact same copy.

At the weekend, a video published by sports website Deadspin that compiled clips the dozens of anchors repeating the editorial word-for-word in unison went viral. Sinclair has been a subject of concern for many since a year ago, when Oliver initially covered the conservative company.

Has America ever needed a media watchdog more than now? The segment has more than seven million views on YouTube.

In case you missed it, Sinclair owns about 200 news stations across the country, including four in Pennsylvania - WOLF (FOX56) in Wilkes-Barre; WHP (CBS21) in Harrisburg; and WJAC (NBC6) in Johnstown. As it has expanded - it now owns 173 stations nationwide - it has introduced conservative commentators to its local newscasts, including regular segments featuring its political director Boris Epshteyn, a former Trump campaign official. The "Terrorism Alert Desk" is a recurring segment.

Sinclair often feeds the local news stations it owns "must-run" stories on Trump-tastic topics like the threat posed by "the Deep State". During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.32 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc will post 3.58 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

President Trump lauded Sinclair Broadcasting as being "superior" to CNN and "Fake NBC" as the company comes under criticism for requiring anchors at its local television news stations of delivering a canned speech about "false news".

Sinclair maintains that the warnings from anchors are created to warn viewers about the scourge of made-up news stories and partisan-skewed information that spreads via social media. "More alarming, some media outlets are publishing these same fake stories without checking facts first". The anchors give no specific examples.

The Sinclair employees who originally contacted CNNMoney about the promo shoot said they felt it advanced the company's agenda at the expense of their own credibility. "This promo addresses the troubling trend of false stories on social media and distinguishes our trusted local stations as news destinations where we are committed to honest and accurate reporting", Sinclair Vice President Scott Livingston told CNN.



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