The Sinclair Broadcast Group is facing intense backlash after Deadspin released a video showing dozens of news anchors repeating the same script against "fake news." Critics are accusing Sinclair, which owns more than 200 stations across the country, of forcing local reporters to "parrot Trump" and spread anti-media propaganda.
Here's the Deadspin video:
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) March 31, 2018
Sinclair’s Senior Vice President of News, Scott Livingston, responded:
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 dangerous consequences. It is ironic that we would be attacked for messages promoting our journalistic initiative for fair and objective reporting, and for specifically asking the public to hold our newsrooms accountable. Our local stations keep our audiences’ trust by staying focused on fact-based reporting and clearly identifying commentary.
What's the real story here?
What media outlets aren't telling you about Sinclair Broadcasting company is that they've asked their audience to fact check them at the end of their promo. Can "facts first" CNN say the same?
Watch the video at the top of the page or below to hear Sara Gonzales explain the whole convoluted situation.
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