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Sinclair Broadcast Group Faces Backlash Over Scripted Promos: ‘This Is Extremely Dangerous to Our Democracy’

2 April, 2018 (13:11) | 2016 | By: Arlin Miller

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Wow the following should be concerning to all of us. Watch the video and read the article that follows– then if you are a SAG/AFTRA member you might want to know what our union is going to do about this? Were any of our members, who work at a Sinclair station,  forced to comply with the requirement to read the following?

Earlier this year, CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest owner of local news stations in the country with over 200 owned or operated, would be requiring local news anchors to read a scripted promo that reflects a mistrust of the media. Some in the news industry expressed outrage at the time, but the anger has ignited Twitter in recent days after Deadspin created a compilation video showing dozens of newscasters reading the same promo.The spot includes language painting the Sinclair-owned local news stations as the heralds of real news and refers to other media outlets as publishing “fake stories…stories that just aren’t true, without checking facts first.” The language reflects President Donald Trump’s insistence that the mainstream news media is “fake” and that certain narratives are pushed for political reasons. “Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think,’” the promo reads.“This is extremely dangerous to our democracy,” it continues, a tagline repeated numerous times in the compilation video. Jimmy Kimmel turned it around to comment on the promo itself in a tweet posted Saturday.
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Zikes!  Well I’m sure our union is already on this…hold on I’ll check the SAG-AFTRA Website. Nope!  Nothing yet!  But, but, but I’m sure SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and National Executive Director David White are already on it and will be reporting on what they’re doing to protect our membership!
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Hmmm…a thought,  You know individuals Don’t Own the airways–the American people as a whole  are the owners of our airwaves and they through the FCC can takeaway what they giveth!  Yeah, anyone can challenge their ownership if they feel the American people are being ill-served  by the current ownership!!!
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Arl
The Ol’ SAG Watchdog
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