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Jimmy Kimmel condemns Sinclair ‘fake stories’ warning as ‘extremely dangerous

President Donald Trump offered support for Sinclair Broadcast Group on Monday after the nation's largest owner of local TV stations drew criticism and derision over the weekend for a promotional campaign that echoed Trump's frequent complaints about "fake news" in the mainstream media.

Sinclair Broadcasting Group owns almost 200 television news stations nationwide, according to the company website, and is in talks to acquire more through a deal with Tribune Media.

Journalists at Sinclair-owned stations have been rankled by corporate-mandated "must run" segments like the anti-fake news one and pro-Trump commentary from Boris Epshteyn, which cut into local news time, CNN reported. The promos describe a "troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories" and claim that "national media outlets are publishing these same fake stories without checking facts first".

Yet again, Sinclair has shown to push its own corporate agenda and bias onto local reporters, fulfilling the exact sentiment it warns against, which is truly even more risky to a democracy. The website Deadspin created a video of anchors across the U.S.at Sinclair stations reciting the company's message in unison that went viral, accelerating coverage of the company's mandate.

It was the latest show of the vast reach of a company that owns local TV stations across the country and has always been criticized for pushing conservative coverage and commentary onto local airwaves.

Earlier this week, the producer of a morning show at a Sinclair-owned station in Nebraska resigned in protest of the network's "obvious bias".

In response to the ongoing controversy, Sinclair SVP Scott Livingston sent a memo to stations Monday, which was also obtained by CNN.

Deadspin offered the world a nugget of truth Saturday after showing the Sinclair Broadcast Group's ability to push right-wing messages to audiences of its local news stations.

Read the complete New York Times report.

It's worth pointing out, Sinclair does not own any TV stations in Hawaii. Sinclair broadcast 15 "exclusive" interviews with Trump but zero with Hillary Clinton. The host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight" previously took on Sinclair last summer.

In July 2017, Oliver blasted the broadcaster's conservative-leaning practices and its "must-run" video segments made for local stations.

Last spring, reporting on the company's ambitions, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik wrote, "If history is any guide". "I felt like a POW recording a message", one of the anchors told the Reliable Sourceshost.

"I don't think it's good for free press". You know, Trump's pick as the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission swept aside a bunch of regulations and restrictions that would have prevented Sinclair from growing.

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