Trump defends rightwing TV network Sinclair after 'fake news' script goes viral

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"I write with concerns following Sinclair Broadcast Group's decision to require local news anchors at Sinclair-owned stations to deliver a scripted promotional message on-air", he said.

And in Cincinnati, City Councilman P.G.

"We're concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country", the Sinclair script said. "Creepy, cult-ish, and way too propagandistic for my taste", the Democrat said in tweet Sunday. Sinclair would reach 72 percent of American households if it closes its acquisition of Tribune Media stations.

After numerous negative stories about Sinclair Broadcast Group's directive to its television newsrooms to air a message about fake news, the company's executive chairman lashed out at print media.

But one reporter, who belonged to Sinclair-owned local TV station KOMO 4, made it very clear to Trump that this was not amusing. Slightly more from these groups rely on cable news.

The president came to the company's defense Monday, since they're a big cheerleader for him. The message, echoing President Donald Trump's cries of "fake news", has been criticized on cable news, and even some of Sinclair's anchors, who feel compelled to read it, possibly due to their contracts. "The "Fakers" at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!" "Some other false stories, like the false "Pizzagate" story, can result in unsafe consequences. Our local stations keep our audiences' trust by staying focused on fact-based reporting and clearly identifying commentary". "That's our commitment to our communities", the memo states. Some told the outlet they believe the promos are "inappropriate", and one felt "uncomfortable" recording them.

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

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The script for the show, which was company-mandated by the broadcasting giant Sinclair Broadcast Group, claim some journalists publish "fake stories, stories that just aren't true, without checking facts first". It goes on to warn that some media pushing "their own personal bias and agenda to control "exactly what people think". This is extremely risky to our democracy", the message read.

Holland has admitted to following orders, even encouraging boycotts of Sinclair Broadcasting, WHAM, and other affiliates in her Facebook post comments. They hired Trump aide Boris Epshteyn as their chief political analyst.

Trump has good reason to stick up for Sinclair. FCC Inspector General (IG) David Hunt recently agreed to investigate whether Pai has improperly favored Sinclair and coordinated with the company on FCC rule changes.

Sinclair has a long history of supporting conservative political candidates, and courting criticism by using the newscasts of its many stations to boost them.

"Critics say its local news has a conservative bias".

Had Tim Burke of Deadspin not put together that video, we probably wouldn't be writing about this.

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