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 — is fighting to make a reality all over the United States.
Sinclair already owns nearly 200 local news stations across the country, and now, it's on the verge of acquiring even more with the help of President Trump's Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Sinclair 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.
Sinclair is notorious for requiring all its news stations to air "must-run" segments produced by the corporate office. The most well-known of these is called Bottom Line with Boris, starring former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn. These almost-daily segments are straight-up (sometimes embarrassing) Trump propaganda.
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.
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. In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections, we’re taking a look at key races in areas served by Sinclair news stations.
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