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Sinclair’s Must-Run Tactic is Business Smart. And It’s Not New.

Local television viewers around the United States were recently alerted to a “troubling trend” that’s “extremely dangerous to democracy.” Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of America’s dominant television station owners, commanded its anchors to deliver a scripted commentary, warning audiences about “one-sided news stories plaguing our country” and media outlets that...

Sinclair’s Scripted News Segments? They Are a Really Big Deal.

On March 31, Deadspin produced a video showing a chorus of local news anchors delivering the exact same scripted speech to viewers. The message – denouncing media bias and fake news, calling it a problem that is “neither politically ‘left nor right’” – might seem innocuous enough. But I study...