Boise's KBOI among Sinclair-owned stations seeing criticism, but Trump's support

'Sinclair is far superior to CNN': Trump is defending the broadcaster that told stations across the country to read a script

Sinclair Broadcasting Group has come under fire after a video from Deadspin showed dozens of local stations spouting the same message warning viewers against media bias.

After numerous negative stories about Sinclair Broadcast Group's directive to its television newsrooms to air a message about fake news, the company's executive chairman lashed out at print media.

First obtained by FTV Live and published on Tuesday, the memo was sent amid outrage over the right-wing media giant's efforts to force local anchors to read propaganda railing against "false" and "fake" media-outrage that grew exponentially after Deadspin published a compilation of anchors reading Sinclair's script in unison.

"Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control 'exactly what people think, '" part of the script reads. "This is extremely unsafe to a democracy", the anchors read in the video.

The company's map of stations shows its presence is almost every part of the country except for northern and central states like Wyoming, North Dakota and Minnesota.

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Jane Hall, a professor at American University and a former media critic for Fox News, said that the promo is clearly supporting Trump's condemnation of most news outlets. "We're concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country", the script read. "The "Fakers" at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!" Chris Ruddy, who has a conservative network of his own called Newsmax, said to Politico, "The FCC has essentially become a subsidiary of the Sinclair broadcasting company and is rubber-stamping a lot of things to help them package and homogenize news and have a huge national reach".

Among others, John Oliver skewered Sinclair's campaign during his HBO program, "Last Week Tonight", on Sunday. Trump-friendly media encourages the president's base to be suspicious of mainstream media, which leads to acceptance of conspiracy theories and denial of reality.

Several journalists have told CNN's Brian Stelter that they are against the video promos, but Stelter noted that so far no one has actively fought against it.

After CNN's initial story in early March, others expressed concern and frustration. And the company is looking to expand its influence into more markets with a $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media. The agreement gave Sinclair greater access to Trump and his campaign in exchange for running interviews without commentary, according to Politico.

Most current Sinclair employees can't speak publicly about the promos, but the practice of mandating anchors to recite such statements is already drawing resistance from one of the Tribune stations that Sinclair plans to take over.

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