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Sinclair is making TV anchors read a script about fake news—here's what a supercut of it looks like

"So amusing to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased", the president tweeted.

And in Cincinnati, City Councilman P.G.

Stelter also obtained a memo from Sinclair news executive Scott Livingston directing television anchors to read the message. "Creepy, cult-ish, and way too propagandistic for my taste", the Democrat said in tweet Sunday. The anchors don't mention that inside their newsrooms, journalists have felt uncomfortable because their integrity is being undercut by a corporation seeking to expand its reach by buying Tribune Media. According to Age, Sinclair's structure (it owns 193 stations in 89 USA markets, has affiliations with all the major networks and is in the midst of a deal to buy Tribune Media Co.) makes it far harder to organize a boycott against it than against national programs.

The script for these defacto PSAs on journalistic integrity in the age of social media leaked to CNN earlier this month, and the pieces began running recently.

It's worth pointing out, Sinclair does not own any TV stations in Hawaii. Slightly more from these groups rely on cable news.

Donald Trump has defended Sinclair today.

Trump, in a Monday morning tweet, didn't agree with the criticisms of Sinclair Broadcast Group. "Some oher false stories, like the false "Pizzagate" story, can result in unsafe consequences". "We are focused on fact-based reporting".

"That's our commitment to our communities". "Promo messages, like the one you are referring to, are very common in our industry", he tells CNN.

The scripted promo is raising tension among journalists who work for the Sinclair Company, one investigative reporter on the condition of anonymity told CNN Money: "It sickens me the way this company is encroaching upon trusted news brands in rural markets,".

After gaining a massive local viewership, if the company keeps brainwashing people with right-wing political messages, it could lead to unsafe consequences.

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The script went on to accuse unnamed reporters of using "their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda" to control what people think.

Yet again, Sinclair has shown to push its own corporate agenda and bias onto local reporters, fulfilling the exact sentiment it warns against, which is truly even more unsafe to a democracy.

Even allies of Trump admit the tweet praising Sinclair was a awful idea.

In Trump's America, politics have become more tribal than ever before.

Sinclair, the country's largest broadcaster, has been accused of pushing for pro-Trump content to run on its stations. The agreement gave Sinclair greater access to Trump and his campaign in exchange for running interviews without commentary, according to Politico.

"Sinclair's employee handbook.states that the company 'may monitor, intercept, and review, without further notice, every employee's activities using company's electronic resources and communications systems, '" the Huffington Post reported.

The merger, the group says, "will help it spread its conservative propaganda further across the country".

The senior director also pointed out that while it might not require stations to advertise its ownership, they do mandate that stations broadcast "must-run commentary".

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

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