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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Sinclair Broadcasting: It's Just News

On April 30, the ABC News program, Nightline with Ted Koppel, devoted the show's air time to reading the names of the fallen soldiers from the war in Iraq.

The Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which owns or operates 62 television stations in 29 markets, was none too happy with ABC's decision, and ordered its affiliates to not air the show, in part, because, according to a statement issued by Sinclair, "(Nightline) appears to be motivated by a political agenda designed to undermine the efforts of the United States in Iraq." The Sinclair Group also deemed the broadcast to be political statement "disguised as news."

How then to explain Sinclair's decision to have its affiliate stations air the anti-Kerry documentary Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal -- uncut, with no commercials? In an ironic twist, Sinclair is calling the broadcast of that documentary, followed by a panel discussion, as a "news event."

Stolen Honor is described by its producers as "A documentary exposing John Kerry's record of betrayal."

So, to summarize: reading the names of the fallen soldiers from the Iraq war is in reality a thinly-disguised effort to undermine support for the war, while airing an anti-Kerry documentary in the days prior to the presidential election is a "news event."

Of course, Sinclair could also air the documentary Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry in an effort to present a balanced look at John Kerry.

Oh, look, I think I see some flying pigs.

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