Trump, the Sinclair Broadcasting Group and State Run Media

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  1. Lloydbm41 Suspended

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    If you didn't believe the US has State Run Media, then you haven't seen what the Sinclair Group has been doing lately. They are the largest owner of local media channels and are attempting to gobble up more local stations. They 'force' right wing propaganda onto the various networks they own and if you don't play their propaganda, you will be fired. Here are a few of the links discussing this very troubling trend.

    http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/01/media/sinclair-anchor-promos/index.html
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/02/business/media/sinclair-news-anchors-script.html
    https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/new...ir-broadcast-groups-biased-local-news-w518594
    http://www.newsweek.com/sinclair-broadcast-group-former-reporter-propaganda-embarrassment-868359
    http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/sinclair-promos-backlash-1202741019/
     
  2. TonyC28 macrumors 65816

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    Damn they really ruffled some feathers with that speech.
     
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    Makem scared and feed them lies. Sounds like a recipe for success. Ask trump and Fox news.
     
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    Ummm ok.
     
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    1) Most major news channels are anti-Trump in the US.

    2) State run media means that the government organization would be paying/organizing these guys to promote the government directly, or through threat, neither of which seems to be the case here.

    This seems to be an owner who has political views and is asking his employees to slant that way. That's not state ran media, it's literally what every media company in the US does.
     
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    When Trump says on tape "grab them by their blank" and Fox News and Trump both say "he did not say that" it's not a political slant, it's a lie to fit what they want their narrative to be. When you choose to show Hillary hit pieces during on of the largest anti-gun rallies of our time, it is not slant, it's simply not covering real news, regardless of one's opinions on it. The truth is the truth, what right wing media does is subvert it.
     
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    This isn't state run media, the left and majority of news stations ditch the stories that don't fit their narrative. It's called making money from your audience.

    The grab them by the --- line was played off as locker talk by the right. I think they would have been better off just admitting it was distasteful immediately and moving on.
     
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    What happened here is that the owner forced his news programs to air a political statement, under threat of firing anchors/directors if they refused to comply. So far, there is no evidence that the government paid or organized this directly, but this owner supports Trump, and the message he forced his stations to air is aligned with the views of the Trump administration. So while it's not quite state run in the literal sense, it's very concerning. And no, not every news media company does this. First, the statement isn't news. Second, making every station read the same statement? It's usually left up to each local station how to word whatever news items they are covering that day.
     
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    This is how nearly every US news organization works, the guy at the top dictates the narrative and that's pushed down through the organization. That doesn't mean it's state ran media, in fact it could very well be that the narrative is completely anti-Trump (CNN/MSNBC), if they can get an audience it's a viable position. This is the opposite of state ran media.
     
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    I love that people only seem to give a **** about media influence when it seems to come from a certain political perspective. Be it the left or the right. To be perfectly clear, this video is terrifying. Beyond that, this is about way more than Sinclair, they just happened to get "caught." Did no one notice last year when every local paper that the Gannett Company owned switched their online logo to under the umbrella of the USA Today blue circle? Media consolidation to only a few companies creates really big issues. Did you know that Fox News and National Geographic are under the same roof, and that influences which type of content is distributed by Nat Geo?

    Here: https://www.webpagefx.com/data/the-6-companies-that-own-almost-all-media

    Want to be outside of that big 6 bubble? Sure, but that doesn't mean you escape media consolidation. Example: want to do a contracted project for Wired? You don't. You do it for Conde Nast, who owns Wired. That puts you under the umbrella now for Vogue, GQ, The New Yorker, etc. If you agree to that contract, then it carries over to the other companies. Have a creative difference at one of the companies? Then you're out of an opportunity to go work at any of the others, too.

    Media is incredibly centralized. I'd like to think that Sinclair will be the wake-up call for people, rather than it just be a radar blip that continues to feed Trump outrage.
     
  12. Kestrel452 macrumors regular

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    Nothingburger. It's such a vague statement that Don Lemon could read the exact same line and conservatives would see it as a knock against Trump.

    What's more concerning (to me) is all of the other media outlets trying to paint the POTUS as a Russian surrogate, and (ab)using David Hogg as a pawn in their fight to smear commentators they don't like. But nope, a generic 10-second blurb about news anchor integrity being issued by a media company to its own anchors to read after a segment is the real conspiracy.
     
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    The guy at the top sets the tone, sure. But to me, dictating the exact wording crosses a line. MSNBC, for instance, seems to just hire left-leaning anchors and staff, then leave them mostly free to pick and choose what to report and how to report them. CNN seems to insist on inviting guests to represent "both sides," even if conservative guests are usually in the minority. That gives CNN a different tone than MSNBC, though both are left leaning. I don't think even Fox has done what Sinclair has done. It's... very disturbing.
     
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    Just not sure how people don't have a problem with this action they made these networks do. It's beyond what should be allowed. Local news should be free from propaganda like this.
     
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    Somehow I think if this video was made showing a bunch of left wing media all saying the same thing - you would be spooked and not defending it.


    --- Post Merged, Apr 2, 2018 ---
    Dan Rather weighs in:

    Dan Rather
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    Let's be clear, news anchors looking into camera and reading a script handed down by a corporate overlord, a script meant to obscure the truth not elucidate it, isn't journalism. It's propaganda. It's Orwellian. And it is on a slippery slope towards some of history's most destructive forces. These are the means by which despots wrest power, silence dissent, and oppress the masses.

    To those who say this rhetoric is hyperbolic, I submit that attacking the press as honest brokers of information has been one of the constants of this Administration and all those who normalize it. But this is not normal. This is not how the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution, that beloved First Amendment, is supposed to operate.

    Many of you by now have seen the video mashup of news employees on Sinclair-owned TV stations delivering the same talking points to their viewers. For those who haven't, I have included the link in the comments section below. And a big tip of the Stetson to Timothy Burke, the video director at Deadspin, who edited the string of video clips into a powerful sequence that puts the dangers of our time into visceral relief.

    The faces of the men and women you see delivering this chilling message are befitting those of a hostage video. Maybe some of these local anchors took to it with gusto, but I believe that number is few. That's not why people are drawn to journalism. And maybe you will say that they should have refused or even resigned in protest, but I know that one can grasp in desperation for rationalizations and compromise when one feels their livelihood is at risk. That is the bet that Sinclair and its allies in media and government are betting on - that they can chip away, with small strikes of the chisel, at the bedrock of American democracy. I suspect that the vast majority of the journalists you see in this video want to be in an environment where they can do their jobs, reporting the news fairly, without favor or bias. They need our support.

    That is why it is incumbent for Americans of all political persuasions to say this is intolerable. Congress should hold hearings and call the executives of Sinclair to account, but one suspects that is highly unlikely in the current political environment. Will this spur citizens to elect representatives who recognize that this is a clear and present danger? Will enough people be outraged to bombard stations, and advertisors, with letters, phone calls, and tweets to suggest this is unacceptable?

    For now, Sinclair is trying to explain away the controversy, and they have a powerful ally in the President. But as we saw with the advertisers bailing en masse from Laura Ingraham's Fox News show after she attacked a Parkland High School student activist in a Tweet, the voice of the people still matters. If enough people speak, they cannot be ignored.

    A free and independent press must be part of #WhatUnitesUs
     
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    Trump does a good job of that on his own.
     
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    It's zombie you're talking about, of course he would have a problem with it. Everyone should have a problem with this, regardless of the side it represents. We have enough of a problem with bias on the national media scale, we dont need it at the local level as well.
     
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    We have a thing called the right to a free press here in the USA.

    If you don't like it, North Korea is that way ------>.
     
  20. mudslag macrumors regular

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    Umm you do realize that Sinclair's actions is more like something you'ed see in North Korea then actual free press.


    FreePress: a body of book publishers, news media, etc., not controlled orrestricted by government censorship in political or ideological matters.

    You might want to rethink your comment.
     
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    Same thing could be said for Google censoring conservatives on YouTube and Zukerberg on Face Book.
     
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    They are not the press.
     

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