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Posts Tagged ‘Free Press’

Free Press Fires Back at Sinclair in Station Group’s Own Backyard

sinclair_304Free Press, the non-profit media watchdog and authors of a recent article targeting Sinclair Broadcasting is taking another shot at the media giant. This time, the organization has published an op-ed piece in The Baltimore Sun.

In the latest piece about Sinclair, which is based in nearby Hunt Valley, MD, two Free Press authors again take aim at the station group’s use of shell companies and its focus on the bottom line.

“These companies are doing everything they can to maximize profits,” said the authors. “Just last month, Sinclair fired nearly 30 employees from Seattle’s KOMO and Portland, Ore.’s KATU. This is par for the course for Sinclair, where the average number of employees per station has declined by nearly 20 percent since 2001.”

Sinclair president and CEO David Smith responded to the last Free Press article with a missive of his own titled, “Sinclair Comments on Inaccurate and Irresponsible Report Released by Free Press. Read more

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Sinclair Comes Out Swinging Over Allegations of ‘Sneaky Tactics’

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group has responded to the Free Press article “Stop The Media Giants” in which the public interest group claims station groups like Sinclair are using sneaky tactics to gobble up local TV stations, gut newsrooms, and give viewers only a single news voice that is often politically motivated.

“Sinclair is a prime example of what’s at stake,” said the Free Press piece. “The company has long used its local stations to push its own political agenda. It forced its stations to air the anti-John Kerry documentary Stolen Honor two weeks before Election Day in 2004 and made news anchors read a pro-Romney script on the eve of the 2012 election.”

Sinclair has responded in a press release by putting the words “report” and “public interest” in quotes when referring to the Free Press piece. The station group also called the statements made by the piece “egregious.”

The station group defends itself by claiming it has added more jobs and more news hours, while investing in the infrastructure of the stations it has acquired. The company points to a donation of $600,000 made to help victims of this Summer’s Oklahoma tornadoes as well as the hosting of Town Halls to let viewers voice their opinions on highly charged political topics and say the Free Press report is “an affront to the almost 5,600 hardworking and dedicated professionals that work for Sinclair.” You can read the entire statement after the jump. Read more