Late last week, thanks to in large part to a Deadspin-produced supercut of news anchors across the country reading from the same fake-news-bashing script, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the United States’ largest owner of TV stations, went viral. And if the FCC, or Congress, closes the UHF loophole, the 39 percent cap could rise or even disappear at the same time, allowing Sinclair to grow, anyway.
The company’s map of stations shows its presence is almost every part of the country except for northern and central states like Wyoming, North Dakota and Minnesota. It consolidated its operations in Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio, in the 1980s, went public in 1995 – and has since grown into a almost 200-station local media behemoth. Even though federal law dictates that a broadcaster can not reach more than 39 percent of USA households (Sinclair is now at 38 percent), the FCC created a loophole by voting to bring back a rule that does not consider so-called UHF stations fully on par with more traditional VHF channels.
The president had praised Sinclair on Monday morning after reports surfaced over the weekend that the company had ordered its broadcasters to recite a script criticizing other media outlets for “biased” news.
The media’s left-wing bias was the reason for its eventual downfall, Smith told New York Magazine. “More alarming, national media outlets are publishing these same fake stories. without checking facts first”.
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That’s like me going on television and eating a hot dog while saying that anyone who eats a hot dog is a liar. Because UHF signals no longer have limited reach, it no longer makes sense to grant a discount, contends Rep. David E. Price (D-N.C.), a sponsor of the bill.
And perhaps that’s the world we now inhabit. Sinclair, whose corporate leadership leans right, uses terminology familiar to Trump and his criticisms of “fake news”.
The executive chairman of Sinclair Broadcast Group said Tuesday that it’s only a matter of time before print media, dominated by a left-agenda with “no credibility”, fades into irrelevance.
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. My days of meaningless dribbling might be numbered.
Here in the land of Serving No Real Purpose we pause to consider the super-sized ambitions of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, resident on Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, Md.
“I’m here to tell you that those media outlets are FAKE NEWS”. Rather, they are the things that are ignored.
“It’s the truth, people”. A 2003 study by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) found that of the over 1,600 sources cited on American news stations in the run-up to the war, 71 percent expressed pro-war views. Why is this so unsafe you ask? Yet Trump’s Tweet highlights the fact that in his administration, companies that favor the president seem to get treated one way, while those who appear to be neutral or even opposed to his administration risk getting publicly abused by him. The agreement gave Sinclair greater access to Trump and his campaign in exchange for running interviews without commentary, according to Politico. I don’t know if they’ll keep the CW’s current format [KDAF airs a nontraditional newscast heavy on B-roll and voice-overs without traditional anchors].
Until then, I’ll just be here dribbling meaningless facts and serving no real objective.