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David Smith, Chairman of Sinclair Broadcasting and often touted as “the most important man in media that you never heard of,” is back in the news this week after Sinclair has been pilloried by the rest of the main stream media and even a few of its own anchors for forcing local news anchors to read a script denounced as “Trumpian propaganda”, i.e. a call for fair and unbiased journalism which was dictated by the corporate office and then read by each station as though it was original copy. Smith looks down on the rest of non-Sinclair media and on print journalism in particular. Common Dreams:

In what is being described by some as “email’s finest moment in years,” Sinclair’s David Smith reportedly wrote to the [New York] magazine in November, “We don’t talk to the print media as a general principal as we find them to be so devoid of reality and serving no real purpose.”

“I must tell that in all the 45 plus years I have been in the media business I have never seen a single article about us that is reflective of reality especially in today’s world with the shameful political environment and generally complete lack of integrity. Facts and truth have been lost for a long time and likely to never return,” Smith added. “The print media is so left wing as to be meaningless dribble which accounts for why the industry is and will fade away. Just no credibility. see ya.”

Many critics quickly noted that the report on Smith’s comments comes as Sinclair—often criticized for its conservative “must-run” commentaries and promotion of corporate media consolidation—is making national headlines for a viral video that showed anchors from several of its stations delivering a scripted statement “in a distinctly Trumpian fashion.” (In response to the recent controversy, Trump has repeatedly defended the company on Twitter.)


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  1. Methinks these Sinclair boys & girls & (whatever) need to be taken down a notch or three. It’s nothing but a propaganda network and has never been anything else.
    They should be seriously boycotted and eliminated from all thinking person’s attention. Like the GOP, NRA and many others, they probably also have Communist ties with Putin or whoever. The fact that real Journalists are pushing back is great, and should be supported by the public at large so these things will reach the Media in the local papers, radios and corner breakfast clubs at great eateries around the country.


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