Sunday, July 9, 2017

[Audio] Pro-Trump media group buys out local TV news stations; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode sponsored by Adventure’s Edge and Bongo Boy Studio.

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (5:30): Some of our local news TV stations were bought out by a company that the Times Standard pointed out has “drawn criticism for its conservative leanings.”

Sinclair Broadcast Group is set to purchase four stations including our ABC and FOX affiliates -- the North Coast News stations. Sinclair has been accused of inserting national conservative propaganda into local newscasts at their almost 200 stations across the country.

“The Sinclair takeover of (the North Coast News stations) can have some good benefits, but also gives me personally some concerns about the perception of the news station to viewers,” said Jeremy Chen, a former North Coast News reporter who now works for ABC affiliate KESQ in the greater Coachella area. KESQ is not a Sinclair-owned station.

In the podcast Chen comments on what he believes are the pros and cons of the Sinclair takeover.

A piece by John Oliver recently examined how Sinclair sends out self-produced must-air conservative stories and requires local anchors to read biased scripts to introduce certain national stories. In a Bill Maher interview with Sinclair’s Chief Political Analyst Boris Epshteyn, a former senior advisor to President Trump, Epshteyn says "I’m very much on America's side, on the President's side."

While many see Sinclair as an affront to journalistic integrity, others believe the takeover will balance out what they consider to be a major left-leaning bias in the mainstream media.

The story begins at 5:30.

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