Right-Wing Media Giant Orders Local Anchors To Record Bizarre ‘Hostage’ Video

It’ s being slammed upon Twitter as a “ hostage” movie.  

Sinclair   Broadcasting Group,   which usually owns more than 170 U. T. TV stations,   has purchased local news anchors across the country to see a script decrying  “ several media outlets” for “ fake news” and “ fake tales. ”  

“ This is incredibly dangerous to a democracy, ”   the script reads.  

Deadspin created a supercut of anchors reading the particular script   and ThinkProgress shared a similar clip that demonstrated newscasters reciting the identical lines:  

I felt like a POW recording a message , ” a single anchor at a Sinclair-owned station informed CNN last month.

“ They’ re certainly not happy about it, ” an unnamed employee at Sinclair-owned KOMO in Seattle told The particular Seattle Post-Intelligencer last week. “ It’ s definitely a forced thing . ”

Sinclair is also requiring its channels to run segments from Boris Epshteyn , an ex advisor to President Donald Trump,   who often speaks in support of the particular White House, the newspaper documented.

Sinclair has been accused of being as well close to Trump in other ways too.  

In 2016,   Jared Kusher ,   president’ s son-in-law and advisor, said  the particular campaign had struck a cope with Sinclair to give the system more access in exchange for working interviews with Trump without comments, Politico reported.  

Sinclair refused anything improper occurred.  

It was a typical package , but an extended package deal, extended story where you’ deb hear more directly from candidate for the issue instead of hearing all the spin and rewrite and all the rhetoric, ” Sinclair spokesman Scott Livingston told Politico at the time.  

Sinclair is currently along the way of buying Tribune media , a offer that would give it access to 42 a lot more stations. Once complete, Sinclair can reach 72 percent of Oughout. S. households.    

This past year, “ Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver warned of the implications of the purchase , and spoke out against Sinclair’ s tendency to push “ must-run” content on its channels.  

On Twitter, critics reprehended the company over the script local anchors were forced to record: