Remember CNN's "Facts First" ad campaign that premiered on Facebook and was used to combat President Donald Trump's attacks? In case you forgot, here it is again:
This is an apple. Some people might try to tell you that it's a banana. They might scream, 'Banana, banana, banana' over and over and over again. They might put banana in all caps. You might even start to believe it's a banana, but it's not. This is an apple.
Now, Sinclair Broadcast Group did something very similar to which left-leaning media outlets are appalled by. Over the weekend Deadspin released a video that depicted dozens of TV anchors from Sinclair Broadcast Group delivering a speech that blatantly warns viewers against "biased and false news."
How America's largest local TV owner turned its news anchors into soldiers in Trump's war on the media:… https://t.co/6PJdQRO2EA— Deadspin (@Deadspin)1522527089.0
As NPR put it, "It was the latest show of the vast reach of a company that owns local TV stations across the country and has long been criticized for pushing conservative coverage and commentary onto local airwaves."
Has anyone actually watched that Sinclair ad, or are they just going nuts for the sake of it? Because if… https://t.co/VI0sXQFQIj— Ben Shapiro (@Ben Shapiro)1522675249.0
Sinclair Broadcast Group tells local news stations to air media-bashing promos — and the criticism goes viral… https://t.co/fHuumjZOTw— CNN (@CNN)1522667470.0
While Sinclair says it's only trying to help its audience navigate the news cycle, left-leaning reporters and journalists claim Sinclair's promo favors Trump and forces journalists into uncomfortable positions.
Here's how the LA Times reported it:
"The promos are drawing scrutiny as Baltimore-based Sinclair, known for its conservative political leanings, already forces its local stations to run right-leaning commentaries and news packages that are produced by the parent company."
Does it really though? See Pat's reaction above.