Should the government step in to stop Sinclair Broadcasting Group?
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Should the government step in to stop Sinclair Broadcasting Group?

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Sinclair Broadcasting Group, a conservative media conglomerate, went viral after it forced hundreds of local news anchors across the country to read from the same script criticizing the mainstream media. The president also praised the controversial broadcaster, tweeting Sinclair is "far superior to CNN." But many have called on the FCC to step in and stop Sinclair from further pushing propaganda, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has "serious concerns" about the conglomerate. What do you think? 📺 🗣️

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Sinclair Broadcasting Group has been at the center of criticism for some time now, but a viral video showing local news anchors across the country reading from the same anti-media script raised even more concerns that the broadcaster is functioning more as a propaganda outlet than a news conglomerate.

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President Trump has praised Sinclair, insisting it is "far superior to CNN" and "Fake NBC."

But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recently shocked liberals when we chose to effectively kill a deal between Sinclair and Tribune Media, stating he has "serious concerns" about the media conglomerate.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Monday he has "serious concerns" about Sinclair Broadcast Group's acquisition of Tribune Media, saying he would send the transaction through a lengthy administrative process often viewed as a deal-killer.

"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" did a scathing takedown of Sinclair Broadcasting Group last year.

“Yeah, nothing says, ‘We value independent media,’ like dozens of reporters forced to repeat the same message over and over again like members of a brainwashed cult.”

But many feel the backlash against Sinclair is in itself biased and unfair. Anchors were not forced to read a "pro-Trump message," but rather a message condemning fake news. CNN and NBC spend countless hours talking about fake news, so why the sudden freak out when local news stations do the same? Just because Sinclair's owners are conservative, doesn't mean they're incapable of delivering balanced news coverage.

Here’s the thing: the actual text of this universally-issued missive has nothing to do with Trump. Go ahead. Check it. There’s nothing about Trump there. And complaints about one-sided news and “sharing of false and biased” news on social media have been absolutely common on the Left. If this same message were read by Brian Stelter on CNN, word for word, nobody would have any problem with it. The media are simply assuming that the message is pro-Trump because Sinclair’s owners are pro-Trump.
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