Let’s Bring Back #RealNews
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. – First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Broadcast companies. You know the big guys – ABC, CBS, Clear Channel, Univision, Tribune – but have you heard of Sinclair Broadcast Group? Probably not. Sinclair owns hundreds of local stations across the US, 193 to be exact, reaching 40% of the American population. Generally local news stations stick to just that – local news. Yes, they cover national topics, but primarily you’re going to hear about what’s going on in your area. Because of this, they typically stray from having a political narrative, unlike mainstream media channels like Fox News and MSNBC.
But that was before #FakeNews. Now it appears that Sinclair is straying from the norm and having their local channels focus more on national news, while pushing conservative, pro-Trump ideologies. How are they doing this? Watch this rather horrifying video put together by Deadspin, where anchors across the nation say the.exact.same.thing.
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Freaky, right? What’s even scarier is that Sinclair fully stands behind their forced narrative, noting they are “standard practice in the industry.” Oh, and they are also in the process of trying to acquire Tribune, which would boost their reach to 72% of American households. At the end of the day, this isn’t about what was said, but rather it’s an attack on the legitimacy of the press. I leave you with a quote from Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s Founding Fathers and the third President of the United States.
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