Sunday, January 29, 2006

More on the subject of media control

Has anyone heard of Sinclair Broadcast Group? Jono gave me an article from the December issue of GQ magazine that was all about Sinclair Broadcast Group, a family-controlled media company. SBG is the operator of the largest number of local television stations in the US, and they have been accused of fixing the news for the neo-cons.

I had never heard of Sinclair and I found the article shocking. I would like to give you more information from the article, but I left it with another friend in London. Instead I offer you Wikipedia's entry on SBG, which discusses the controversies of their packaged news, disallowing a Nightline broadcast, and forcing their stations to air a documentary that was critical of John Kerry just before the 2004 election, amongst other things. The Wikipedia entry also has a list of stations owned by Sinclair. Please have a look at it, I think you will find it enlightening.

Thanks, Jono.


Skeeter said...

The FCC shouldn't exist. Would a free society have such a beast? I think not.

Be wary when you read statements like this:

Media Matters leads, a coalition of groups and individuals protesting Sinclair's continued misuse of public airwaves to broadcast one-sided, politically charged programming without a counterpoint.

When they say "Public" read "Proletariat".

This kind of stuff goes on all the time with republocrats.

My opinion it's the death thralls of a continuingly obsolete medium.

Go Bucks!!

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