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  • Liberal Democrat
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    In December of 2016, Think Progress published the article shown below about Sinclair:

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    Donald Trump's campaign struck a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group during the Presidential campaign that granted the company priority access to Trump and his inner circle in exchange for positive media coverage and a promise to run his rallies and speeches without commentary. Sinclair operates 173 television stations in 81 U.S. markets and reaches millions of American consumers every day, so the deal undoubtedly gave the Trump campaign tens of millions of dollars worth of non-critical free airtime.

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    Since that time, Sinclair has increased the number of television stations that it owns to 193 stations, and is trying to acquire the properties currently owned by the Tribune Companies, which would bring the total to 233. Since Ajit Pai is the current head of the FCC, it is likely that the merger will be approved.

    Over the weekend, ALL of the stations were forced to simultaneously read a script that was critical of "fake news". What they meant by "fake news" was not FOX or Brietbart, but CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC etc. Fortunately, the affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin told them to pound sand, so the resistance is still alive.

    Rumor has it that the woman who wrote the script used to work for RT (Russian television), which does not surprise me a bit.

    Dan Rather, of course, took a very dim view of the whole thing:

    http://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/dan-rather-sinclair-orwellian-news/2018/04/03/id/852325/

    Sinclair corporate said the script was "nothing out of the ordinary":

    http://www.local10.com/news/sinclair-responds-to-criticism-of-mediabashing-promos

    Somewhere, Joseph Stalin must be smiling.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    I went out of my way to seek out a list of Sinclair broadcast stations in my area so I don't have to watch their right wing messages.

    Click on the link to find stations which might be in your area: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stations_...

  • Independent
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    Like I said in another thread; slowly but surely Trump wants a "government" controlled "media" as the do in Russia. But yeah who is going to stop him? Mueller certainly not because there is so much "dirt" on they guy that it may take years and years to uncover all this dirt. Therefore since our congress only kisses his butt, nothing will be done to stop this idiot from totally ruining this country.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    It's a shame that targeted political messages can be broadcast freely over the airwaves, the first amendment protects their (Sinclair's) right to do so, they have the money backing to buy television and radio stations to get their biased messages out. It takes money to operate these. The SCOTUS really fucked over the first amendment by allowing money to be interpreted as freedom of speech, yes, Dutch, we're going backwards.

    In reply again to the O.P., yes, we Wisconsin cheddar heads are still subject to Sinclair's programming on Milwaukee channels 18 - 24. I boycott these channels.

    I happened to notice a new channel TBD, the CW are sometimes affiliates of Sinclair ownership, if I find that these are, I'll boycott those too.

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    Dockadams Wrote:

    It's a shame that targeted political messages can be broadcast freely over the airwaves, the first amendment protects their (Sinclair's) right to do so, they have the money backing to buy television and radio stations to get their biased messages out. It takes money to operate these. The SCOTUS really fucked over the first amendment by allowing money to be interpreted as freedom of speech, yes, Dutch, we're going backwards.

    In reply again to the O.P., yes, we Wisconsin cheddar heads are still subject to Sinclair's programming on Milwaukee channels 18 - 24. I boycott these channels.

    I happened to notice a new channel TBD, the CW are sometimes affiliates of Sinclair ownership, if I find that these are, I'll boycott those too.

    Yes Dock you've got the picture; however if you boycott these channels it does not help much, because the rest of the stupid part of the country keeps watching and gets indoctrinated that way. Sorry this country is beyond help.
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    Left wing biased media. Right wing biased media. What's new?

    Rather than boycotting the other sides' broadcasts, I recommend going out of your way to get out of your echo chamber and hear what they have to say. Don't worry. It's quite safe.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch Wrote:
    Dockadams Wrote:

    It's a shame that targeted political messages can be broadcast freely over the airwaves, the first amendment protects their (Sinclair's) right to do so, they have the money backing to buy television and radio stations to get their biased messages out. It takes money to operate these. The SCOTUS really fucked over the first amendment by allowing money to be interpreted as freedom of speech, yes, Dutch, we're going backwards.

    In reply again to the O.P., yes, we Wisconsin cheddar heads are still subject to Sinclair's programming on Milwaukee channels 18 - 24. I boycott these channels.

    I happened to notice a new channel TBD, the CW are sometimes affiliates of Sinclair ownership, if I find that these are, I'll boycott those too.

    Yes Dock you've got the picture; however if you boycott these channels it does not help much, because the rest of the stupid part of the country keeps watching and gets indoctrinated that way. Sorry this country is beyond help.

    Bob's sometimes daily palette; check on dog, dog doing fine, check ABC, NBC, PBS, METV, GETtv, GRIT, MOVIES.NET, THISTV, WGN, ESCAPE.... pet dog, let him outside to pp, begin preparing dinner for 2, watch Lester Holt.

    Echo Chamber, WVTV lineup, jerry springer, steve wilkos, joyce meyer, maury-is my brother helping my husband cheat? - Robert Irvine-is my porn addicted boyfriend cheating on me? No, I'm not kidding, here it is: cw18milwaukee.com/station/schedule

    As we can all plainly see, Sinclair owns stations which own and operate garbage television. I mean, who with any sanity would watch jerry springer or steve wilkos?

    Me thinks someone doesn't know what they're talking about.

    ban trolls please

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    Ray Pooch Wrote: Left wing biased media. Right wing biased media. What's new?

    Rather than boycotting the other sides' broadcasts, I recommend going out of your way to get out of your echo chamber and hear what they have to say. Don't worry. It's quite safe.
    I guess you are part of the la la land crowd; just an dumb "island" inhabitant who slowly but surely becomes indoctrinated and as stupid as the Trump and Hannity family.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Amerika soon to be an island Dutch, Trump is isolating us from the rest of the world. He's hurting us more than he's helping.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Ray Pooch Wrote: Left wing biased media. Right wing biased media. What's new?

    Rather than boycotting the other sides' broadcasts, I recommend going out of your way to get out of your echo chamber and hear what they have to say. Don't worry. It's quite safe.

    Is there an equivalent liberal media conglomerate comparable to Sinclair that blatantly spreads misinformation and propaganda in the guise of independent journalism? If so, then please let me know which one.

    I have absolutely no problem with political commentary pushing a commentators political views, but I do have a problem with a company forcing their journalists to read propaganda under the guise of independent journalism. That's what countries who have state-run media do.

    Sinclair currently reaches 40% of all American households and if the FCC (which is currently controlled by Republicans) allow their acquisition of the Tribune Media's 42 stations then they will reach 72% of Americans.

    Add in the fact that a solid minority of Americans get their their news from local television and you can see why there should be cause for concern.

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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Ray Pooch Wrote: Left wing biased media. Right wing biased media. What's new?

    Rather than boycotting the other sides' broadcasts, I recommend going out of your way to get out of your echo chamber and hear what they have to say. Don't worry. It's quite safe.

    Is there an equivalent liberal media conglomerate comparable to Sinclair that blatantly spreads misinformation and propaganda in the guise of independent journalism?

    Of course not. Everything they say in my echo chamber is true.

    I have absolutely no problem with political commentary pushing a commentators political views, but I do have a problem with a company forcing their journalists to read propaganda under the guise of independent journalism. That's what countries who have state-run media do.

    The notion of "independent journalism" is a myth for children. All journalism is biased. The only way to cut through the bias is to read both sides, check the facts, play the contradictions off against one another and come to the truth yourself.

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    Ray Pooch Wrote: Of course not. Everything they say in my echo chamber is true.

    Again, please name ONE (just one) liberal media organization that reaches nearly 70% of all US households and forces their reporters to read propaganda on air in the guise of journalism.

    Bueller? Bueller?

    Ray Pooch Wrote: The notion of "independent journalism" is a myth for children. All journalism is biased. The only way to cut through the bias is to read both sides, check the facts, play the contradictions off against one another and come to the truth yourself.

    It's terribly sad you've convinced yourself of that, but I'm sure Donald is very proud that his war on the 4th estate is working.

    There's no such thing as both sides of facts. Facts are facts. Opinions are opinions. Forcing journalists to read opinion as facts is what totalitarian states do.

    I also think you're living in a fantasy land if you expect Americans to "read both sides, check the facts, play the contradictions off against one another and come to the truth [themselves]."

    Millions of Americans trust their local news to deliver just that - their local news. They love watching stories about the fire department saving a kitten from a tree, the high school sports star getting a scholarship to a state college, and then spending ten minutes learning what the weather will be like tomorrow because they never downloaded the WeatherBug app.

    They may not trust the national "liberal" media, but they do trust their local journalists because those local journalists are "looking out for them." Unfortunately that local station is owned by a far right-wing media conglomerate.

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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Ray Pooch Wrote: Of course not. Everything they say in my echo chamber is true.

    Again, please name ONE (just one) liberal media organization that reaches nearly 70% of all US households and forces their reporters to read propaganda on air in the guise of journalism.

    If you want me to name a wide-reaching news outlet that the right-wing alleges is a mouthpiece for liberal propaganda, that's too easy. The New York Times. The Washington Post. NBC... If you want me to name an organization that liberals like you accept is a mouthpiece for liberal propaganda, that may be impossible.

    That's because what partisans mean by "biased" is "doesn't comport with my preformed opinion".

    Tell me you understand this basic point.

    It's terribly sad that you've convinced yourself of that, but I'm sure Donald is very proud that his war on the 4th estate is working.

    I think it was Noam Chomsky's "war on the 4th estate" that convinced me. Or maybe Jon Stewart's. Or maybe it was just that I took a critical thinking class at college.

    Come to think of it, it used to be common sense among liberals that news outlets peddled the agenda of their corporate sponsors when it mattered, and otherwise told their target audience what it wanted to hear in order to boost ratings, clicks and subscriptions.

    I had thought liberals smarter than to abandon this correct opinion merely because it resembled something said by Trump.

    I also think you're living in a fantasy land if you expect Americans to "read both sides, check the facts, play the contradictions off against one another and come to the truth [themselves]."

    Interesting. Am I living in a fantasy land to expect you personally to "read both sides, check the facts, play the contradictions off against one another and come to the truth [yourself]'? (Please say yes.)

    The bottom line is that one side of the political aisle says that FOX, Breitbart, dailycaller et al are biased. The other side says that WashPo, the NYT, MSNBC, CNN and co are biased. To decide which side is really biased you have to read both sides, check the facts, play the contradictions off against one another and come to the truth yourself. Unless you know of another way.

    Bueller? Bueller?

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    Ray Pooch Wrote:
    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Ray Pooch Wrote: Of course not. Everything they say in my echo chamber is true.

    Again, please name ONE (just one) liberal media organization that reaches nearly 70% of all US households and forces their reporters to read propaganda on air in the guise of journalism.

    If you want me to name a wide-reaching news outlet that the right-wing alleges is a mouthpiece for liberal propaganda, that's too easy. The New York Times. The Washington Post. NBC... If you want me to name an organization that liberals like you accept is a mouthpiece for liberal propaganda, that may be impossible.

    That's because what partisans mean by "biased" is "doesn't comport with my preformed opinion".

    Tell me you understand this basic point.

    It's terribly sad that you've convinced yourself of that, but I'm sure Donald is very proud that his war on the 4th estate is working.

    I think it was Noam Chomsky's "war on the 4th estate" that convinced me. Or maybe Jon Stewart's. Or maybe it was just that I took a critical thinking class at college.

    Come to think of it, it used to be common sense among liberals that news outlets peddled the agenda of their corporate sponsors when it mattered, and otherwise told their target audience what it wanted to hear in order to boost ratings, clicks and subscriptions.

    I had thought liberals smarter than to abandon this correct opinion merely because it resembled something said by Trump.

    I also think you're living in a fantasy land if you expect Americans to "read both sides, check the facts, play the contradictions off against one another and come to the truth [themselves]."

    Interesting. Am I living in a fantasy land to expect you personally to "read both sides, check the facts, play the contradictions off against one another and come to the truth [yourself]'? (Please say yes.)

    The bottom line is that one side of the political aisle says that FOX, Breitbart, dailycaller et al are biased. The other side says that WashPo, the NYT, MSNBC, CNN and co are biased. To decide which side is really biased you have to read both sides, check the facts, play the contradictions off against one another and come to the truth yourself. Unless you know of another way.

    Bueller? Bueller?

    Yes you live in La la land; grow up and get an education!
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Ray Pooch Wrote: If you want me to name a wide-reaching news outlet that the right-wing alleges is a mouthpiece for liberal propaganda, that's too easy. The New York Times. The Washington Post. NBC...

    Subscription publication, subscription publication, and a publication that doesn't require their journalists to read right wing propaganda.

    The two subscription publications you named also bend over backwards to inform their viewers when they are reading opinion pieces. NBC Nightly News doesn't air opinion pieces nor does it force stations to air them.

    Ray Pooch Wrote: If you want me to name an organization that liberals like you accept is a mouthpiece for liberal propaganda, that may be impossible.

    That's because what partisans mean by "biased" is "doesn't comport with my preformed opinion".

    Tell me you understand this basic point.

    Please tell me you understand the difference between subscription publications that inform their readers when they are reading opinion pieces, media outlets that don't require their journalists to read propaganda in the guise of journalism, and a national conglomerate requiring local journalists to read propaganda verbatim.

    Bueller? Bueller?

    Ray Pooch Wrote: I think it was Noam Chomsky's "war on the 4th estate" that convinced me. Or maybe Jon Stewart's. Or maybe it was just that I took a critical thinking class at college.

    Chomsky's and Herman's "A Propaganda Model" is an interesting read, but I'll remind you that it was written a year before the World Wide Web was created and a couple decades before the World Wide Web became the behemoth it is today.

    I miss Jon Stewart terribly, but he reached a couple million viewers (at most) every night.

    I didn't major in mathematics in college, but isn't two million less than the 72% of Americans, or 235,785,343 people, that Sinclair reaches on PUBLIC (aka tax payer funded) broadcasts each night?

    Ray Pooch Wrote: Interesting. Am I living in a fantasy land to expect you personally to "read both sides, check the facts, play the contradictions off against one another and come to the truth [yourself]'? (Please say yes.)

    What I do personally isn't what the vast majority of Americans do.

    I have online subscriptions to every single major newspaper in the country regardless of their editorial biases. I also understand the differences between a fact checked journalistic article and an opinion piece in a papers editorial section.

    The Wall Street Journal's editorial board is shit, but their journalists still write great articles. The Washington Post's and the New York Time's editorial boards are also shit because they bend over backwards to show that they welcome all opinions, but their journalists still write great articles.

    As I said earlier - you seem to have fallen prey to Donald's "fake news" diatribes. Journalism and "opinion pieces I don't like" are two entirely different things.

    Ray Pooch Wrote: The bottom line is that one side of the political aisle says that FOX, Breitbart, dailycaller et al are biased. The other side says that WashPo, the NYT, MSNBC, CNN and co are biased. To decide which side is really biased you have to read both sides, check the facts, play the contradictions off against one another and come to the truth yourself. Unless you know of another way.

    No! A million times NO!

    Comparing Brietbart and the Daily Caller to the Washington Post and the New York Times is batshit crazy and you know it. You have to know that, right?

    Fox, MSNBC and CNN are 24/7 cable "news" channels that care more about keeping you glued to the TV screen and should never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever (did I say EVER?) be compared to publications like the New York Times and Washington Post.

    There isn't an equilibrium when it comes to journalism and opinion pieces. One constitutes facts and the other constitutes opinions.