As Twitchy reported recently, much of the media flipped their lids over a video showing anchors at stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group reading a common script regarding “fake news.”
No, it certainly wasn’t a good look for Sinclair, but it also didn’t look all that different from the usual suspects on cable news all pushing the same narratives — as the Daily Caller proved when it put together its own supercut of liberal pundits all repeating the same lines about Sinclair.
You’d think it would be enough for the public to decide what is and is not fake news, but of course, the government had to get involved. Sen. Dick Durbin has sent a letter to the executive chairman of Sinclair Broadcast Group with his concerns: first and foremost that the practice of handing down talking points “compromises the ability of local reporters to serve the unique interests of their viewers.”
Sounds like a job for the free market to us.
Why is a senator demanding a media company explain editorial decisions? Would this be acceptable if a senator sent the same letter to CNN? Slippery slope. pic.twitter.com/o6MHd8r72C
— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) April 4, 2018
Joe Petricone of Business Insider asks a good question: why is a senator demanding a media company explain its editorial decisions? Because we have plenty of questions about the way similar talking points get transmitted by “competing” cable stations.
Lefties seem upset that Sinclair broadcasts over the air — for free! — snaking its tentacles into every home.
you honestly don't understand Sinclair uses public airwaves — for free?? https://t.co/TWDrm2mnUe
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) April 4, 2018
sinclair operates on airwaves owned by the american people. cnn transmits on privately owned networks. https://t.co/yiAI4IFf2a
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 4, 2018
If two alumni of Media Matters have their panties in a bunch, then we’re certain we want Durbin to stay out of it.
— Elliott Hamilton (@ElliottRHams) April 4, 2018
This is a letter sent by commissars, not Senators; of course Durbin is neither…he's barely a man https://t.co/V6NyyaYH73
— space legacies (@spacelegacies) April 4, 2018
— Rev. Mauldin ? (@Reverend_Ducati) April 4, 2018
Dick Durbin is the most appropriately named man in the Senate.
If any Republican sent this letter to any of the big 3 networks liberals would soil themselves with outrage. Since he's the number 2 Democrat in the Senate, I doubt @CNN or @MSNBC will mention it. https://t.co/LbzDbSkqIP
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) April 4, 2018
Seriously, what makes any media company's internal editorial decisions the business of anyone in government at any level? Would @CNNNewsource put up with this over its own feeds that send identical news packages to local stations? pic.twitter.com/Dzypq4CCMT
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) April 4, 2018
Senator can demand all he wants. They should tell him to pound sand. https://t.co/kn1NhOgwrW
— Social Claude (@SocialClaude) April 4, 2018
Yup, bad idea. Not the job of anyone from government demanding media companies explain editorial decisions, no matter how odious those decisions are. https://t.co/q8uoVtBj2l
— Kevin Tierney (@CatholicSmark) April 4, 2018
Stepping a wee bit over the line. https://t.co/Om5joyNNaS
— Steven Money (@StevenMoney) April 4, 2018
Another senator speaking from his bully pulpit. Sinclair response should be to ask the Senator to respectfully pound sand. https://t.co/MZMVc9lB2H
— Bill Hansen (@billhansen19304) April 4, 2018
This is completely unacceptable. Dick Durbin needs to retract this letter and stay out of Sinclairs business practices. https://t.co/3RVso9Y2XU
— ??⭐️ MOLONLABE_VINNY ⭐️?? (@VinnyGB1) April 4, 2018
— Langdale.ca (@langdaleca) April 4, 2018
Curious you’d mention CNN. The network’s Brian Stelter seems intrigued by Durbin’s letter.
Durbin: Sinclair directives compromise "the ability of local reporters to serve the unique interests of their viewers" https://t.co/x1NAYolKah
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 4, 2018
Glad to see you're concerned about this. https://t.co/2s4PuqLqKy
— BT (@back_ttys) April 4, 2018
So you are totally cool with a member of the government asking the owner of a media company to account for his actions. What happened to the First Amendment. Or is it only bad when Trump tweets #FakeNews?
— Rob Eno (@Robeno) April 4, 2018
Nice media company you got there. Be a shame if we had to hold hearings on it. https://t.co/swFqEeG0aP
— Hammerjack (@MarcGiller) April 4, 2018
Imagine THAT! Jim Treacher notices something VERY interesting about media's Sinclair freakout https://t.co/qiHMW0kjs5
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 3, 2018