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The script was prepared by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which reportedly mandated local stations the company owns to air the promo spots.

CNN first reported on the scripted message in early March, noting that despite many anchors' dismay, the "anchor-delivered journalistic responsibility message" would begin to run on Sinclair stations later in the month. "Some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias. And this is extremely unsafe to our democracy".

A viral video showing dozens of local news anchors recite ultra-conservative, pro-Trump rhetoric as if from a script, and in unison, has a lot of folks concerned.

It was the latest show of the vast reach of a company that owns local TV stations across the country and has always been criticized for pushing conservative coverage and commentary onto local airwaves. Watch Oliver nimbly parse the Sinclair issue in the clip below, which may have been the final straw that led to a Trump tweet on Monday morning. Based on Sinclair's website, the company maintains stations in 34 states and Washington, DC.

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But have United the ability to press and harry City the way Liverpool did? "These are the games you play the whole season for. United have lost eight of the last 13 league Manchester derbies , as many as in the previous 49 encounters.

Last year, Sinclair Broadcast Group hired Boris Epshteyn, who previously served as special assistant and campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, as a political analyst.

"Re: Sinclair - There is NO WAY any of our on-air anchors and reporters will read their scripted messages on our show".

Unsurprisingly, after reporters read the propaganda scripts, the commander-in-chief tweeted in favor of the company.

This group, forcing their own agenda through local news stations, is far more risky than the threat of fake news, which these stations have been spreading so rapidly. But the latest critiques of Sinclair's approach to local news could put pressure renewed pressure on the FCC as it reviews the merger.

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KATV responded to a request for comment about how the station made the decision to participate by forwarding Sinclair Broadcasting Group's thoughts on the matter. John Oliver and co. already covered Sinclair in great depth in a 2017 episode of Last Week Tonight.

Over the weekend, Deadspin published this article and video discussing the Sinclair Broadcast Group.

The company's conservative-leaning politics have come down to Sinclair's stations through "must runs" - stories local producers are told to air during their newscasts.

If the deal is approved, Sinclair would reach 72 percent of American households.

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Downing. "Do you have case that supports this?" "Chasing indictment after indictment is not an adequate remedy", Downing said. A federal judge expressed doubts Wednesday about a lawsuit brought by Paul Manafort challenging special counsel Robert S.

Last spring, reporting on the company's ambitions, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik wrote, "If history is any guide". Some told the outlet they believe the promos are "inappropriate", and one felt "uncomfortable" recording them. Sinclair stations also provided a friendly forum for Trump interviews during the campaign.