Tuesday, October 19, 2004

SINCLAIR BACKTRACKS

Three stories from today's wire, all showing that our attention to this issue is having a distinct effect:

#1 - SINCLAIR INVESTIGATED FOR INSIDER TRADING!

Apparently there may be more to this controversy than meets the eye. By announcing and airing the "news special", Sinclair Executives have also driven down the Sinclair stock price - and that may have been their plan all along.

Officers Who Ordered Stations to Show Anti-Kerry Film Also Sold Stocks at High Mark, then Drove Values Down

Developing...



#2 - Backpedal and Flip Flop

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced today that on Friday, October 22, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. central time) certain television stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. will air a special one-hour news program, entitled "A POW Story: Politics, Pressure and the Media." In order to minimize the interruption of normally scheduled programming in those markets where Sinclair owns and/or programs more than one television station, the news special will be broadcast on only one of those stations.

Sinclair Backtracks

For a complete list of stations that WILL broadcast the "special", look in the first COMMENT.



#3 - The Emperor has no Morals

SINCLAIR FIRES DISSENTERS

For those of you who missed Paula Zahn's CNN show last night, Zahn spoke with Sinclair Broadcasting's Washington Bureau Chief, Jonathan Leiberman, who had been fired by Sinclair.

Zahn asked Lieberman what reason he was given by Sinclair for being fired and he answered thusly:

"Today, I was fired because I spoke to a newspaper here in Baltimore this morning about my concerns about labeling this special as a "news" special. I agree that Sinclair, under the First Amendment, has the right to air part or all of this documentary, but my argument has been - call it commentary, call it editorial, call it programming, but don't call it news.

Yesterday, we were called into a mandatory staff meeting and told that the news department would be handling an hour-long special dealing with this documentary, and we were basically told we had no choice but to participate. I stood up and said, I'm not comfortable with this. I think my credibility is at issue. I think the viewers aren't going to trust us if we call this news.


And today, I was fired because I spoke to the newspaper about what I said at that meeting and the concerns that I have over the issue."

Zahn then read the following statement from Sinclair Broadcasting Group VP, Mark Hyman:

"Everyone is entitled to their personal opinion, including Jon Leiberman. We are disappointed that Jon's political views caused him to violate policy and speak to the press about company business."

Yet Sinclair allows Hyman to let his views be known in this way:

"The networks are acting like Holocaust deniers and pretending [the POWs] don't exist. It would be irresponsible to ignore them."

Hyman and the Holocaust

Both men spoke their minds. Sinclair had no repercussions for Hyman, but Leiberman loses his job. Hey Republicans out there - how does this world work again?

t


33 Comments:

At October 19, 2004 at 2:42 PM, Blogger trooth said...

Sinclair Markets & Stations To air "News Special"
Baltimore WBFF Friday 10/22 8PM
Birmingham WTTO Friday 10/22 7PM
Buffalo WUTV Friday 10/22 8PM
Cedar Rapids KGAN Friday 10/22 7PM
Champaign, IL WICD Friday 10/22 7PM
Charleston, SC WMMP Friday 10/22 8PM
Charleston, WV WCHS Friday 10/22 8PM
Cincinnati WSTR Friday 10/22 8PM
Columbus WSYX Friday 10/22 8PM
Dayton WKEF Friday 10/22 8PM
Des Moines KDSM Friday 10/22 7PM
Flint WSMH Friday 10/22 8PM
Greensboro WXLV Friday 10/22 8PM
Greenville/Asheville WLOS Friday 10/22 8PM
Kansas City KSMO Friday 10/22 7PM
Las Vegas KVWB Friday 10/22 8PM
Lexington WDKY Friday 10/22 8PM
Madison WMSN Friday 10/22 7PM
Milwaukee WVTV Friday 10/22 7PM
Minneapolis KMWB Friday 10/22 7PM
Nashville WZTV Friday 10/22 7PM
Norfolk WTVZ Friday 10/22 8PM
Oklahoma City KOKH Friday 10/22 7PM
Paducah KBSI Friday 10/22 7PM
Pensacola/Mobile WEAR Friday 10/22 7PM
Peoria WYZZ Friday 10/22 7PM
Pittsburgh WPGH Friday 10/22 8PM
Portland WGME Friday 10/22 8PM
Raleigh WLFL Friday 10/22 8PM
Richmond WRLH Friday 10/22 8PM
Rochester WUHF Friday 10/22 8PM
Sacramento KOVR Friday 10/22 7PM
St. Louis KDNL Friday 10/22 7PM
San Antonio KABB Friday 10/22 7PM
Springfield, MA WGGB Friday 10/22 8PM
Springfield, IL WICS Friday 10/22 7PM
Syracuse WSYT Friday 10/22 8PM
Tallahassee WTWC Friday 10/22 8PM
Tampa WTTA Friday 10/22 8PM
Tri Cities WEMT Friday 10/22 8PM

For contact info, please go to the Sinclair links on the blog home page.

t

 
At October 19, 2004 at 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Sinclair!!!!
Now I can buy the stocks at a lower price.
I have to keep my income above $250K a year. I need to show all you loosers how it's done here in America.
Whats wrong? Afraid that people might see John for what he really is?
Go back to school and get a better job. I'm sick of hearing you guys cry.

 
At October 20, 2004 at 12:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LINKTV is a totally independant station availale online or on your dish. DirecTV ch.375 Dish Net. ch.9410
You can also watch their shows on their streaming website. www.linktv.org

Spotlight: Forbidden Films About John Kerry
Several times starting Friday Oct 22. read the preview here: http://www.linktv.org/programming/programDescription.php4?code=films1

YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS! I don't know how to describe this film except you wouldn't belive me if I told you how much truth most people are missing, and you'll be even more pissed at Bush and his thugs.
http://www.linktv.org/programming/programDescription.php4?code=hijack

I'm not kidding... you have to see "Hijacking Catastrophe".

 
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Hey Loser Brigade, can't take the heat? I guess Fahrenheit 911 was ok, Mikey would comment if he wasn't downing his 15th pizza of the day. You want to know who is "beheinz", it's Botox boy and his sidekick Ambulance chaser!

 
At October 20, 2004 at 8:36 AM, Blogger trooth said...

great comment. thanks for the healthy discourse!

 
At October 20, 2004 at 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the comment by another anonymous about how he or she needs to make more than $250K and another comment about why is Farheneit 911 is OK. To you I say do you enjoy watching the homeless or children that can't get proper nutrition, does that make you feel better than everyone else. As far as Fahrenheit 911, you have to go out and rent it and pay to see it. It is by choice. What if the predominantly liberal media decided to prempt Law And Order to air it for free. This, in essence is what Sinclair is doing. Let them make it available by request as a download on their website.

 
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