Sinclair approaches Tribune Media about possible deal

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  • #29287

    msndrspdx
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    TBD and Charge both stream their network feeds thru their respective websites, live, so those who can’t see them over air or thru cable can see them. TBD promotes itself as “The Best of the Internet,” with on screen credits for each clip, ala MTV. Charge seems to be heavy on action movies like “Convoy” and “Desth Wish 2.” We’ll see if Charge does well vs. Get TV and This TV, which tend to run older movie titles. Movies and Moxie would do well here, I think. Moxie, I understand, plays older B&W movies.

    #29289

    washnotore
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    At some point before the merger gets approved. Univision will be moved to a full power signal. And the KGW 10 O’clock Newscast will be gone. So what will become KRCW in the months ahead. In terms of programing shuffle.

    #29428

    Jeffrey Kopp
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    Experts and Tribune Media unions raise concerns about Sinclair’s history of pushing conservative “propaganda”

    https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/05/22/experts-and-tribune-media-unions-raise-concerns-about-sinclair-s-history-pushing-conservative/216452

    #29431

    msndrspdx
    Participant

    Worth noting that KATU Portland and KOMO Seattle are prominently mentioned in this story. In the comments on the page linked above, it’s mentioned that the infamous “swift boat” TV spots that are widely credited with sinking John Kerry’s Presidential campaign a few years back ran most prominently on Sinclair stations.

    #29536

    Jeffrey Kopp
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    A federal appeals court’s decision on the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to restore a media ownership rule could impede Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed purchase of Tribune Media.

    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay Thursday to the FCC’s decision to bring back the UHF discount, which eases restrictions on the amount of stations a media company can own

    http://thehill.com/policy/technology/336162-sinclair-tribune-merger-faces-new-hurdle

    #30713

    lastday
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    “Sinclair Cares”

    Sinclair seems to be injecting itself into KVAL’s evening newscast more and more. Tonight they ran a “commentary” piece critical of federal earmark spending.
    It was by someone named Boris Epshteyn. Nothing newsworthy about the piece whatsoever. Ninety seconds of pure political opinion in the middle of the local newscast.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Epshteyn

    Boris Alexandrovich Epshteyn (Russian: Бори́с Алекса́ндрович Эпштейн; born August 14, 1982) is a Russian-born American Republican political strategist, investment banker, and attorney. He is currently the Chief Political Analyst at Sinclair Broadcast Group. He was a senior advisor to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for President of the United States, and previously worked on the McCain-Palin campaign. Following Trump’s election, he was named director of communications for the Presidential Inaugural Committee,[1] and then assistant communications director for surrogate operations in the administration, until he resigned in March 2017.

    #30715

    lastday
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    And suddenly I realize why both KVAL and KMTR are airing “Full Measure…”

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Full_Measure_with_Sharyl_Attkisson

    I suppose Sinclair has the right to run that. Watch it, or don’t.

    But injecting corporate political opinion into local newscasts is pure evil.

    #31081

    Jeffrey Kopp
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    Conservative pushback to Sinclair deal:

    https://www.axios.com/sinclair-vs-the-world-2470300210.html

    #31082

    lastday
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    https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/08/03/pro-trump-outlet-sinclair-turning-local-news-trump-tv-heres-what-it-looks/217482

    After I complained to KVAL about Boris Epshteyn’s “commentaries” being inserted in the local news, they added a “COMMENTARY” banner to the videos. But they still don’t identify him as a paid mouthpiece for Sinclair. And the commentaries are woefully out of place in a local newscast.

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    #31096

    Jeffrey Kopp
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    Sinclair Deal Draws Unlikely Opponent: Conservative News Media

    #31196

    Jeffrey Kopp
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    Sinclair and Ajit Pai (long article):

    #31228

    lastday
    Participant

    The Wednesday 8/16 edition of NPR On Point is about Sinclair messing with local news.

    Every Tuesday at noon there’s a “resist” rally near the federal courthouse in Eugene. Today there was someone waving a sign saying BOYCOTT KVAL “NEWS”.

    KVAL has moved the Boris Epshteyn commentaries to the end of the local news after the local news staff says buhbye. At least it doesn’t look like part of the local news now. But there’s still no transparency about Boris being a propagandist for Sinclair.

    #31260

    lastday
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    Tonight KVAL ran a Boris Epshteyn commentary strongly defending Trump’s position on the violence in Charlottesville: Equal blame on both sides.

    No mention that the commentary represents the views of Sinclair.

    That’s going to play well among viewers here. Not.

    Sinclair is dumb as a box of broken hammers.

    I say again: State clearly to viewers that these commentaries come from Sinclair. Anything less makes them propaganda.

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 1 week ago by  lastday.
    #31284

    lastday
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    KVAL strangling free speech
    Aug. 15, 2017 (Register-Guard)

    People who, like me, watch KVAL news programs should be aware that this CBS affiliate has come under the control of an arch-conservative media conglomerate, Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

    Thanks to a cozy relationship with the Federal Communications Commission’s ardent champion of deregulation, Ajit V. Pai, Sinclair is dramatically expanding its control of news in small markets across the country. Eugene is a prime target.

    Sinclair now owns or operates 173 TV stations, and if the FCC approves its $3.9 billion bid to acquire Tribune Media, Sinclair will own another 42 stations. That would give it control over more than 70 percent of the market.

    Sinclair’s control is having an immediate impact on KVAL. Three times a week (with possibly more to come), Boris Epshtyne (sic) comes on screen, identified as “chief political analyst” of some unnamed organization. In fact, Epshtyne is not a political analyst, either by background or by recent employment; he is a former Trump campaign official and “Trump News” contributor. Now he brings us official propaganda — a one-sided opinion of the Trump administration’s activities.

    I have twice written KVAL to protest the appearance of this apologist. I haven’t received a response. Epshtyne should be identified as an administration spokesman, and KVAL should make room for a rejoinder to balance his presentation. Sinclair’s takeover amounts to yet another step in the strangulation of free speech and media diversity.

    Mel Gurtov
    Deadwood

    #31387

    Jeffrey Kopp
    Participant

    Bannon had a conversation with his billionaire benefactor Robert Mercer last week. That was likely about the possibility of Breitbart joining forces with Sinclair Broadcasting to form a new television network that would compete with Fox News from the right. Fox makes at least some pretense of being a genuine news network; Breitbart TV would simply dispense with that and serve red meat all day long.

    http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2017/Senate/Maps/Aug21.html#item-7

    See also: https://www.axios.com/bannon-vs-murdochs-2475330474.html

    Bannon has media ambitions to compete with Fox News from the right. Last week in New York, he huddled with his billionaire benefactor, Robert Mercer, and discussed ways to expand Breitbart into TV, sources said. “Television is definitely on the table,” a Bannon adviser told me. A partnership with Sinclair remains a possibility. In recent days, Sinclair’s chief political analyst Boris Epshteyn has spoken with Breitbart editors about ways to form an alliance, one Breitbart staffer said. “All the Sinclair guys are super tight with Breitbart. Imagine if we got together Hannity and O’Reilly and started something?”

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/08/steve-bannon-readies-his-revenge

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