Sinclair Broadcasting is forcing all 174 stations that they own across the country to air daily pro-Trump propaganda segments.
The Providence Journal reported:
The company that owns WJAR-TV is mandating the broadcast of multiple programs favorable to President Donald Trump on the state’s most-watched television station.
Three of the segments have rattled viewers and WJAR’s own news reporters, according to Fletcher Fischer, the business manager and financial secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1228, the union that represents broadcast workers there:
‒ The Terrorism Alert Desk, advertised as a daily news update about terrorist activity.
‒ News pieces from Epshteyn, Sinclair’s chief political analyst.
‒ A clearly labeled opinion show featuring Mark Hyman, a former vice president of the company.
These pieces are fed to Sinclair’s 174 stations in the United States every day.
With the exception of the opinion show, the programming is disguised as news, but it is really propaganda. The next time conservative talks about “liberal media bias” remind them that they are sneaking pro-Trump messaging into local broadcasts from coast to coast.
People should be able to trust that the news they are getting is based on a reporting of the facts. What Sinclair is doing is pushing a pro-Trump agenda, and corrupting the good names of local stations. The segments that Sinclair is forcing their stations to air have nothing to do with news. It is all about pushing an ideology. The free press exists to act as a check on those in power, but corporatization, profit motives, and partisan ownership are weakening a pillar of our free society.
The news that so many Americans watch at noon, six, and eleven now contains Trump propaganda, which is all part of the Republican plan to hold on to their base through any deceptive means necessary.