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

Sinclair's new media-bashing promos rankle local anchors

Los Angeles Times journalist Matt Pearce has posted screenshots on Twitter of messages from Sinclair employees, who are unhappy in their jobs but claim that they can't quit because the company threatens to sue employees who leave before their contract is up.

John Oliver and the team at Last Week Tonight. The institutional investor owned 342,406 shares of the company's stock after acquiring an additional 134,422 shares during the period. Gabelli Funds LLC increased its position in Sinclair Broadcast Group by 1.0% during the 3rd quarter.

(A) But we're concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country.

On MSNBC today, "Morning Joe" namesake Joe Scarborough deemed Sinclair "state-run media for an autocrat" in a verbal assault on the network and Trump.

Sinclair's script for its TV news anchors is strikingly similar to statements Trump makes about media outlets that criticize him.

Sinclair regularly sends video segments to stations it owns across the country. Gamco Investors INC. ET AL increased its position in Sinclair Broadcast Group by 3.6% during the 3rd quarter.

Sinclair, the country's largest broadcaster, has been accused of pushing for pro-Trump content to run on its stations. The "Terrorism Alert Desk" is a recurring segment. That's all the more insidious because people expect that kind of contortionist support for Trump when they tune in to something like Fox News, but probably have some assumption of objectivity from their local news.

President Trump on Monday slammed "dishonest" CNN and "Fake NBC" over their criticism of Sinclair Broadcasting for allegedly using its local television stations to push a right-leaning agenda. The deal would add dozens more stations to its portfolio. "I felt like a POW recording a message", another said.

After CNN's initial story in early March, others expressed concern and frustration.

All 173 Sinclair-owned stations were required to run the media-bashing segment, all reading from the exact same script. It was also around the same time that the promos started airing on the news channels. "Sinclair Broadcast will also pull news coverage on those stations in a more conservative direction and explore giving full rein to those beliefs on a national platform". Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 7,883,606 shares of the company's stock worth $252,669,000 after purchasing an additional 132,422 shares in the last quarter. "I don't say that to scare you by any means but I do say this so you understand how serious (Sinclair) is about this project".

SBG is the corporate abbreviation for Sinclair.

Sinclair did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Newsweek.

In his memo to stations, Livingston described a "Trust and Truth research" project the company did involving a well-known consulting firm called Magid.

In a statement Monday, Sinclair insisted that the anchor promotional effort was motivated by polls showing deep distrust among the public of mainstream news coverage. The new version, however, uses local anchors who are familiar to viewers and may have greater cachet and credibility.

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