What is Sinclair Broadcast Group, and why is it in the news?

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", Trump tweeted.

The existence of the script was reported by CNN almost a month ago, and Deadspin posted a video of news anchors from around the country reading the script to their viewers this past weekend.

"Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control "exactly what people think".This is extremely unsafe to a democracy", the anchors said. "This is extremely unsafe to a democracy", the anchors read in the video.

The video, from Deadspin's Timothy Burke, shows local anchors around the country reciting the same scripted lines that Sinclair provided.

Sinclair owns KATV and has been in the process of acquiring KFSM-Fort Smith, KXNW-Eureka Springs and WREG-Memphis in a deal to purchase Tribune Media holdings.

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.

Trump's FCC Commissioner, Ajit Pai, has rolled back protections that would prevent the merger, including a limit to the number of stations a company can own in the media market. (Nasdaq: SBGI) ("Sinclair") today responded to a series of media reports attacking the Company's recent promotional announcement for its local news.

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Case in point, yesterday NY magazine's Daily Intelligencer posted a new story outlining a series of emails the outlet had exchanged with Smith regarding his feelings about print media-namely newspapers and magazines. But even so, he took time on Sunday night to follow up on the conservative-run Sinclair Broadcasting Group, a TV empire that Oliver likens to "a brainwashed cult". His script was similar to the one the news anchors recently read, according to the newspaper.

Most of Sinclair's stations are CNN affiliates - meaning CNN shares content and resources with them and vice versa.

He was incredulous at the criticism Sinclair was receiving and called out other networks for even more widespread use of scripts and mandated messaging. John Oliver and co. already covered Sinclair in great depth in a 2017 episode of Last Week Tonight.

Last spring, reporting on the company's ambitions, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik wrote, "If history is any guide".

Aaron Weiss, a former news director at another Sinclair-owned station, also told CNN he did not approve of the corporation's "conservative-slanted" must-run pieces.

To rally advertisers to boycott Sinclair stations is a much more hard endeavor.

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

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