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« on: April 09, 2018, 09:20:15 pm »

http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/08/media/sinclair-broadcasting-critical-ad/index.html

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Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to air a commercial from a liberal consumer watchdog that's critical of the broadcaster's actions. But there's a catch.

The company is running its own message right before and after the ad. So viewers are seeing a 15-second defense of Sinclair, then 30 seconds of criticism, then another 15-second defense.

The unusual move comes one week after Sinclair was roundly criticized for requiring anchors at dozens of local stations to record a media-bashing promo. To many observers, it sounded like the anchors were echoing President Trump's talking points.

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Here's how the Sinclair message starts:

"This station, which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, is proud to present both sides of issues. For that reason, we have agreed to air the commercial you are about to see, opposing Sinclair's acquisition of additional television stations. We think the ad is misleading, but wanted to let you decide. Thank you."

Related: Sinclair responds to criticism of media-bashing promos

Then the Allied Progress ad begins:

"What happens when local news isn't local? This."

The ad shows Deadspin's viral video compilation of the promos assailing "fake" stories and "biased" journalists.

"Sinclair owns this station and nearly 200 others. It forced dozens of anchors to recite the same political message, word for word," the Allied Progress voiceover says."Now Sinclair is trying to control local news stations in 72% of American homes. Tell the FCC to stop the Sinclair merger."

The ad urges viewers of Sinclair stations to call the government regulator and oppose Sinclair -- an awfully unusual sight.

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"The misleading ad you just saw focused on a brief promotional message that simply said we're a source for truthful news," the Sinclair voiceover says. "It ignored thousands of hours of local news we produce each year to keep you informed. The ad was purchased by a group known for its liberal bias, and we hope you won't buy into the hysteria and hype."

The ad that was aired that Sinclair felt compelled to sandwich between two rebuttals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2qZO-dXOhQ

If people like Steyer really want to put their millions to good use, waging an all-out war on Sinclair would be a good place to start. Democrats/the left can't just let conservatives go unchallenged with these things.
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2018, 09:24:05 pm »

If Steyer and/or all of these other liberal billionaires want to do something that's actually worth a damn, they could start by buying out these s[inks]tty media companies.
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2018, 10:25:21 pm »

If Steyer and/or all of these other liberal billionaires want to do something that's actually worth a damn, they could start by buying out these s[inks]tty media companies.
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2018, 10:43:41 pm »

Steyer and other billionaire liberals pumping money into ads pointing out how gross Sinclair is will just further victimize conservatives complaining about liberal media bias while further undermining broad American trust in journalism/reporting/"the media" but then again trust in "the media" is already in the toilet so maybe they should just go for it.
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2018, 10:54:39 pm »

If Steyer and/or all of these other liberal billionaires want to do something that's actually worth a damn, they could start by buying out these s[inks]tty media companies.

Steyers money would be better spent trying trying to lobby the Democrats in Congress to repeal the 1996 Telecommunications Act and have an entirely new law written up that includes the fairness doctrine and hefty penalties for news stations and newspapers that intentionaly lie or distort the news. Media companies should be regulated stiringently like in every other normal industrialized company and licences should be revoked for Sinclair and Fox News like garbage.

Companies like Fox News should not be allowed to call themselves News if their just entertainment. At the very least, they should be forced to run a disclaimer that it's all bullshít
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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2018, 06:14:11 am »

If Steyer and/or all of these other liberal billionaires want to do something that's actually worth a damn, they could start by buying out these s[inks]tty media companies.

Steyers money would be better spent trying trying to lobby the Democrats in Congress to repeal the 1996 Telecommunications Act and have an entirely new law written up that includes the fairness doctrine and hefty penalties for news stations and newspapers that intentionaly lie or distort the news. Media companies should be regulated stiringently like in every other normal industrialized company and licences should be revoked for Sinclair and Fox News like garbage.

Companies like Fox News should not be allowed to call themselves News if their just entertainment. At the very least, they should be forced to run a disclaimer that it's all bullshít

And just who decides what is news?
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2018, 12:55:11 pm »

If Steyer and/or all of these other liberal billionaires want to do something that's actually worth a damn, they could start by buying out these s[inks]tty media companies.

Don't count on it. There's no such thing as a good billionaire.

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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2018, 08:22:07 pm »

This whole thing is so overblown. The quote could just have easily been said by a progressive talking about Fox News.
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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2018, 08:27:17 pm »

They allowed both ads to air - fair and balanced.
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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2018, 11:37:01 pm »

Sin-clair is one of the best arguments in favour of government regulation on media monopolies. When one company starts buying smaller ones accross the country and enforcing its ideology upon them- it's time to break this company up.
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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2018, 11:44:24 pm »

This whole thing is so overblown. The quote could just have easily been said by a progressive talking about Fox News.

Exactly. I can see where there might be some bias in Sinclair, but it's nowhere near the level that it's been purported out to be. They just made one wrong move by having every station recite the same message.
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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2018, 11:49:34 pm »

This whole thing is so overblown. The quote could just have easily been said by a progressive talking about Fox News.

Exactly. I can see where there might be some bias in Sinclair, but it's nowhere near the level that it's been purported out to be. They just made one wrong move by having every station recite the same message.

Have you seen John Oliver's piece on it? If not, personal feelings aside, I'd highly recommend giving it a watch.
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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2018, 11:49:37 pm »

Sin-clair is one of the best arguments in favour of government regulation on media monopolies. When one company starts buying smaller ones accross the country and enforcing its ideology upon them- it's time to break this company up.

I don't think I've ever agreed with a post of yours more than this one.
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« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2018, 12:10:51 am »

This whole thing is so overblown. The quote could just have easily been said by a progressive talking about Fox News.

Exactly. I can see where there might be some bias in Sinclair, but it's nowhere near the level that it's been purported out to be. They just made one wrong move by having every station recite the same message.

Have you seen John Oliver's piece on it? If not, personal feelings aside, I'd highly recommend giving it a watch.

Funny you should ask, I was just watching his piece on journalism earlier this evening. I might watch that one tomorrow. Wink
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