As the owner and operator of nearly 200 television stations across the United States, Sinclair Broadcast Group has an extensive reach and influence. And now, the conservative media company is using it to advance pro-Trump propaganda in a terrifying way.
According to CNN
, Sinclair has issued a mandate, forcing its news anchors to read scripted promos on-air, admonishing "fake stories" from national news outlets - essentially echoing Trump's authoritarian efforts to undermine any objective news outlet
. A recent viral video
shows the result of this frightening campaign, with dozens of news anchors each reading the same script about "the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country."We must protect journalistic integrity and put an end to this propaganda machine. Sign now to urge television stations to post a warning on any scripted segments.
This isn't the first time Sinclair has pushed a right-wing agenda, causing frustration among countless news anchors opposed to the biased programming. But it probably won't be the last time, either. The conservative company, on the verge of acquiring 40 more stations, has shown no signs of backing down from its forced Trumpian platform.
President Trump and Sinclair label any diverging opinions or criticisms as "fake news," but the truth is they are the real peddlers of misinformation and blatant lies
. It's time for local stations to take a stand. Please sign this petition urging television stations to feature on-screen notifications whenever they air forced, scripted programming from Sinclair Broadcast Group.