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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Sinclair Broadcasting and Bush: More Alike than you Think

posted by Jazz at 10/19/2004 08:55:00 AM

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In this AP release we find that speaking out against something you view as wrong will get you the same results in both the Bush Administration and at Sinclair Broadcasting. You will be fired.

The Washington bureau chief for Sinclair Broadcast Group said he was fired Monday after he criticized the company's plans to produce a news program based on a documentary critical of John Kerry's Vietnam-era anti-war activities. Jon Leiberman said he was fired by Joseph DeFeo, Sinclair's vice president for news, and "escorted out of the building."

Recent watchdog activities have made it abundantly clear that Sinclair is in bed with the RNC more deeply than anyone could have imagined. The truly disheartening aspect of this story is that Sinclair feels absolutely fearless in these activities. They make no effort to mask their partisan abuse of a "news" outlet to support the candidate of their choice. This may well be a sign of the times, but it is also a clear indicator that Bush's deregulation of mass media is not only not working, it's harming the 4th estate immeasurably.

Joe Gandelman has a much longer, well written analysis of this situation which I urge you to check out. Some other opinions on this from Mathew Gross and Corrente are also worth a read.