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October 12, 2004

Sinclair Broadcasting makes me sick

So, when Ted Koppel reads the names of the fallen soldiers in Iraq on regular old Nightline it's too "politically slanted" to run on Sinclair Broadcasting stations. However, pre-empting prime time programming to air a 60 minute "documentary" aimed specifically at smearing John Kerry isn't politically motivated? The thing that really gets me is that Sinclair insists that this is a news story.

The comparisons to "Farenheit 911" are credible, but not quite the same. As Andrew Sullivan wrote here, "If CBS announced they were pulling regular programming to air 'Fahrenheit 9/11' a week before the election, do you think no conservatives would protest?"

I don't think I can make this any clearer than Josh Marshall's letter from Reed Hundt, Former Chair, FCC at Talking Points Memo.

Tell Sinclair how you feel:

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
10706 Beaver Dam Road
Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030
410-568-1500 (Main Telephone)

Or better yet, tell their advertisers how you feel here. This website is great, as you can direct it to show national as well as specific local advertisers.

You can also sign a petition at the Democratic National Committee's website.

Posted by Ensie at October 12, 2004 08:46 PM


It's as much a news story as John Kerry has made it out to be. He shouldn’t have made Vietnam the centerpiece of his campaign when he had something to hide. I’m sorry- but he walked right into this one.

Also, if Bush’s National Guard service is news worthy, than I think it’s worth the media’s time to point out that John Kerry has been lying his ass off for the last 30 years. As long as it’s factual (which by all accounts it is) and they give the Kerry campaign a rebuttal, than there is absolutely no reason not to run it.

Posted by: Richard at October 12, 2004 09:36 PM

I have to point out here Richard, that this documentary ISN'T considered very factually correct. According to what I've heard, the director took much of Kerry's testimony about atrocities, all of which was second-hand, and removed the qualifiers. Instead of "I was told" or "According to another soldier" the documentary portays Kerry as the one making all the accusations, which is a definate falsehood.

I will give you this, since Kerry's campaign made such an issue of Vietnam, they should have seen this coming. Stupidity on their end.

Posted by: frinklin at October 12, 2004 11:00 PM

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