When you turn on your local news, you don't expect to be exposed to stealth right-wing propaganda. But that's exactly what one massive media corporation — Sinclair Broadcast Group — wants to make a reality all over the United States.
Sinclair owns or operates nearly 200 local news stations across the country. It runs local TV stations that are affiliated with major broadcast networks, like ABC or CBS, so you may not realize that Sinclair uses these stations to push right-wing lies into your normal newscast.
The company recently proposed a massive acquisition of Tribune Media stations, but the deal fell through due to potential misconduct by Sinclair. The website has been updated to reflect that the deal is no longer happening.
In early 2019, former Fox News host Eric Bolling began hosting a weekly political talk show for Sinclair that streams on its station’s websites as well as broadcasts on numerous stations. Bolling is a key right-wing voice within the company, hosting Trump and numerous members of the administration for softball interviews, spreading right-wing misinformation to rival Fox News, and lending credibility to conspiracy theorists on multiple occasions.
Sinclair also produces a weekly news show hosted by right-wing conspiracy theorist Sharyl Attkisson. Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson currently airs on more than 150 Sinclair stations.
Sinclair has eliminated some of its more high-profile biased programming from recent years, including its recurring Terrorism Alert Desk segments and its right-wing website Circa. It also ended its “Bottom Line With Boris” series featuring Boris Epshteyn -- in between his previous and current role as a Trump staffer -- following extensive reporting from Media Matters and others on these commentary segments.
Media Matters has spotlighted communities around the country where Sinclair news dominates. Sinclair has been using its local news stations to “attack Democratic candidates or to boost Republicans," for years -- especially during election seasons.
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