So-called “news stations” are forcing their anchors to read these scripts like actors. We need laws like Canada that prevents this corporate propaganda from being pushed as “news.” They don’t allow this since “a licenser may not broadcast….any false or misleading news.”
We need to break up the 6 media monopolies and make it a crime to them to knowingly present lies as news. This merger with Sinclair is moving us in the wrong direction.
Sinclair Broadcast Group really doesn’t want its employees talking to the press about the Trumpian “fake news” script it has recently been forcing local news anchors to recite.
This was made clear by a memo warning staff at the Sinclair-owned station KATU in Portland, Oregon that “giving statements to the media or sharing negative information about the company can have huge implications.”
First obtained by FTV Live and published on Tuesday, the memo was sent amid outrage over the right-wing media giant’s efforts to force local anchors to read propaganda railing against “false” and “fake” media—outrage that grew exponentially after Deadspin published a compilation of anchors reading Sinclair’s script in unison.
Read the full memo below:
As Deadspin‘s video of anchors reading Sinclair’s script went viral, some local anchors began anonymously and openly criticizing the company’s attempts to exert ideological control over smaller stations that many American households rely on for daily news.
“The new scripted ‘fake news’ segment caused a lot of anguish where I work,” one Sinclair journalist told the Huffington Post, which published a report on Tuesday detailing how the company strictly monitors its employees’ “editorial activities.”