Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sinclair Exec Defends Criticism and Whines About Other Media Outlets

Sinclair VP of news Scott Livingston is fighting criticism of his organization’s position on must-run segments, morale in the newsrooms.  TV Spy reports Livingston is wanting to fight of "myths" that has been reported in the national media. 
Livingston argues in the memo that while it’s true Sinclair issues “must run” content, media reports which say they are of “poor quality” and “politically tilted” are not true, and that “must runs” amount to less than one hour per week, on average, of Sinclair stations coverage, compared to more than 35 hours of local news. Plus, he argued that such commentary provides a different viewpoint not usually found in the national media.

“While it is true that Sinclair offers commentary segments from Mark Hyman and Boris Epshteyn, this content is clearly identified as commentary and constitutes a tiny percentage of the station’s weekly broadcast content,” Livingston wrote. “Mark and Boris’ commentaries provide a viewpoint that often gets lost in the typical national broadcast media dialogue. Boris Epshteyn worked in the Trump White House, a fact that Sinclair makes no effort to hide, and provides a unique insight that viewers can’t find anywhere else. The presence of former administrative personnel serving as news commentators is a well accepted practice in journalism.”

Livingston also specifically called out The Washington Post for reporting on falling morale at the WJLA station in Washington, writing that the Post “largely ignor[ed]” information about investments, awards and ratings growth at the station while assembling “fear-mongering reports.” WJLA was sold to Sinclair in 2014 by the Allbritton family, which owns POLITICO.
 “It’s important to remember that the Post is a Sinclair media competitor,” Livingston wrote. “As such, any discerning reader of their newspaper should view the Post’s reports about our company with a healthy sense of skepticism.

Livingston suggest outlets doing stories on Sinclair are "Left Leaning".

11 Comments:

At 5:37 PM, July 19, 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will they start showing commentary by moderate to liberal people to offset the extreme right opinions of their two spokespersons? Does the FCC still require this?

 
At 3:01 AM, July 20, 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No the Fairness Doctrine went away in the 80s.

 
At 4:35 PM, July 20, 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad, their propaganda machine is working overtime!!

 
At 8:09 PM, July 21, 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When CNN, MSNBC, and the networks, start showing commentary by moderate to conservative people to offset the extreme left opinions they present. The Fairness Doctrine went away. Stop whining.

 
At 6:06 PM, July 22, 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Local news should stick to news. Leave the commentary and opinions to the cable news channels.

 
At 12:05 PM, July 25, 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah. Every media outlet is wrong except one.

I'll have what you're smoking.

 
At 10:15 AM, July 30, 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with 6:06! Obviously the far right is trying to give us a dose of their propaganda through the Sinclair stations. I've changed the channel!

 
At 5:32 PM, August 06, 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second 6:06. Let the national media fight it out over who's conservative/liberal. Local news should stick to LOCAL news.

 
At 2:18 PM, August 08, 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all forget KATV's owner before Sinclair was all about the right. How soon everyone forgets the endorsements for George W Bush.

 
At 12:07 PM, August 13, 2017, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let the local news be local. None of the crooks & thieves in DC care about us hillbillies.

 
At 11:26 AM, August 23, 2017, Blogger Rick said...

I no longer watch KATV News because of the Sinclair segments. They ruined a great television station.

 

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