Raw Story reports:
President Donald Trump on Monday praised the Sinclair Broadcast Group amid criticism that it forces its news anchors across the country to read pro-Trump propaganda on their shows. Criticism of Sinclair has come after Deadspin created a viral video compilation of Sinclair anchors reading the exact same statements attacking the mainstream press for being “extremely dangerous to our democracy” because they published stories that were critical of Trump and his administration.
So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased. Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2018
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) March 31, 2018
One of Trump’s FCC Chair’s first moves was changing a rule dating back to the 1970s that capped ownership of local media. With that, Sinclair Broadcasting reaches 72% of households. Meet America’s version of propaganda-TV. https://t.co/mne3JiSITS
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) April 1, 2018
Reminder: Jared Kushner has said that Trump’s campaign struck a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group during the campaign to try and secure better media coverage. https://t.co/rPjP8etwwn pic.twitter.com/wehV6ZR8BZ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 2, 2018
2016: Sinclair Broadcasting promised Kushner it’d broadcast Trump unfiltered.
2017: Trump’s FCC pushed through a rule change that allowed Sinclair to vastly expand its geographical footprint.
2018: Sinclair is forcing its network anchors to parrot Trump’s “fake news” narrative.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) April 1, 2018
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) April 1, 2018