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An afternoon recap of the day's most important business news, delivered weekdays. A new Monmouth University Poll out today says Americans are concerned, in fact, 77 percent of the respondents believe "fake news" is reported at least occasionally in mainstream media. Trump publicly threatened to sue The New York Times and other media outlets for giving coverage to his alleged sexual assault victims, blasted CNN as "fake news" and also called BuzzFeed a "failing pile of garbage" for publishing an unverified dossier that claimed Russian spies had blackmail-worthy personal and financial material on the USA president-elect.
If Sinclair CEO David Smith and his family didn't have a record of being ardent Trump supporters, you could nearly swallow this.
But that video is something.
According to reports, many Sinclair anchors/journalists - on background - did not agree with the company's efforts - promos that were labeled "must-run".
The video follows a CNN report last month describing how Sinclair forced the almost 200 local news stations it owns to air "must run" promotional packages akin to "pro-Trump propaganda". But that approval has taken longer than many anticipated. Instead, President Trump has ignored the threat of actual fake news and appropriated the term as a means to dismiss unfavorable coverage of himself.
This trust is probably why local television news has kept its grip on many demographic groups which you might not expect.
The segment prompted local anchors and individuals who work at the stations to anonymously tell CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter how they found it "manipulative" and that people were "uncomfortable doing it". A newspaper's publisher can run anything he wants in his paper, but he can't run it under one of his reporters' bylines. Sinclair told the stations it must film and run the promos "frequently". Not only does what they're being told to do grossly compromise journalistic integrity, but making it mandatory for on-air personalities to recite the agenda of a leader is basically tantamount to state-run TV that we associate with places like North Korea and Russian Federation. And many people watching don't realize it. Unfortunately, some members of the national media are using their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think.
Anyway, now that the left is ganging up on a right-wing entity, we can expect the right to unite around Sinclair, no?
This isn't the first time Sinclair has run up against criticism for its coverage that appears to favor Trump.
"Whatever Fox's shortcomings, and there definitely are some, there's precisely zero editorial direction from above", one Fox News host told BuzzFeed News. "I felt like a POW recording a message", another said.
In response to the ongoing controversy, Sinclair SVP Scott Livingston sent a memo to stations Monday, which was also obtained by CNN. "They may be in over their heads". "It's been a very pro-Trump line". A multitude of voices, each their own.