Sinclair Broadcasting Pushes to Air Swift Boat Idiocy

Imagine if they’d done this with Farhenheit 9/11:

The conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group, whose television outlets reach nearly a quarter of the nation’s homes with TV, is ordering its stations to preempt regular programming just days before the Nov. 2 election to air a film that attacks Sen. John F. Kerry’s activism against the Vietnam War, network and station executives familiar with the plan said Friday.






2 responses to “Sinclair Broadcasting Pushes to Air Swift Boat Idiocy”

  1. JC Avatar

    That is infuriating!

  2. Chris Dickon Avatar
    Chris Dickon

    I’ve sent this e mail to my local Sinclair station, suggest others do the same. Public files are the achilles heel of broadcast stations.

    I will expect that this e mail and your response will be entered into WTVZ’s Public File.

    Your anticipated broadcast of the Kerry Viet Nam program is a corruption of the spirit of the laws and regulations that pertain to commercial television broadcasting. It is the use of publicly owned airwaves by political interests without regard to fairness and equal time requirements. It tells us again that the patterns of media ownership in this country need to be broken down, and that WTVZ is not really a local television station.

    I would like to know how you will justify the use of this program to your local market, and your understanding of the rules involved that allow you to do so. I will expect your answer by return e mail, and expect that when I visit the station to examine your public file I will find this correspondence included.

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