Sinclair's Local Anchors Decry Fake News Via Same Script

The company, which is known for its conservative leanings, would reach most US households.

Sinclair defended the "false news" promo.

Oliver also said the Sinclair statement echoed "one of Trump's favorite talking points or more commonly screaming points". I'm not sure if that's true, but Sinclair does own or operate almost 200 stations across the country, reaching an estimated 72% of American households.

Last spring, reporting on the company's ambitions, NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik wrote, "If history is any guide ..."

Kushner said the agreement with Sinclair, which owns television stations across the country in many swing states and often packages news for their affiliates to run, gave them more access to Trump and the campaign, according to six people who heard his remarks. The segment was part of a new intuitive on "fake stories" that Sinclair is forcing their stations to air.

In Boise, anchors Natalie Hurst and Brent Hunsaker read the script, which Deadspin included in its article. "This is extremely unsafe to our democracy", the anchors say. Meanwhile, CNN's Jim Acosta was criticized by some conservative media outlets on Monday for shouting questions about immigration to Trump while the president and first lady were attending an Easter event on the grounds of the White House. A former Trump adviser who managed to make even Holocaust memorial speech controversial, Epshteyn segments specialize in Trump apologia, like when he attacked the media for using too much "cursing" when reporting the president's racist "shithole countries" remarks.


"It sickens me the way this company is encroaching upon trusted news brands in rural markets", one investigative reporter at Sinclair told CNNMoney.

Recently Sinclair took its game to a new level, Oliver said, noting a new Sinclair "must run", local broadcasts of which have gone viral. A new Monmouth University Poll out today says Americans are concerned, in fact, 77 percent of the respondents believe "fake news" is reported at least occasionally in mainstream media.

Read a copy of the full script here.

"One thing the critics DO seem obsessed with is the roughly 8 minutes a week of clearly labelled commentary that Boris Epshteyn offers in our newscasts each week". On Friday, the liberal website ThinkProgress released a video showing some samples of local stations airing the segments.

Sinclair, which is headquartered outside of Baltimore, told the Baltimore Sun the script is referencing fabricated stories like "Pope Endorses Trump" or conspiracy theories like "Pizzagate". "We seek the truth and strive to be fair". In this photo, - A Trump supporter waves a pro-Trump sign during a pro-Trump rally attended by about 500 people in San Diego, California, where Trump was visiting the nearby border wall protoypes, March 13, 2017.

By Monday, the video had put Sinclair back under the media spotlight, leading Trump to tweet in defense of the TV behemoth as "far superior" to its "fake" competitors including "even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke".


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