US – Sinclair anti “fake news” campaign threatens channels’ editorial independence

first_img Receive email alerts Organisation April 6, 2018 US – Sinclair anti “fake news” campaign threatens channels’ editorial independence WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas Media independence Freedom of expression RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is disturbed by the recent anti “fake news” campaign that Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest broadcast companies in the United States, has imposed on anchors of its local news affiliates. The campaign, which denounces “fake stories” in the national media, threatens the editorial independence and credibility of these local outlets. Screenshot: Deadspin News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United States June 3, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas Media independence Freedom of expression News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says April 28, 2021 Find out more In a video that went viral on March 31, dozens of news anchors from Sinclair-owned local TV stations recite an identical speech denouncing biases in national media. While the speech was aired during each local station’s news hours, it is actually a Sinclair-mandated script, one of a number of “must-run” segments that the broadcasting company has pushed on its local news affiliates in recent months. At one point, the script reads: “Some members of the national media are using their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think’ … This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.” “This latest move by Sinclair to push anti-media rhetoric out through its local affiliates during news broadcasts is a threat to the editorial independence of these channels and the journalists they employ. The campaign is even more concerning given the high level of trust Americans place in their local news outlets,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “This is a harrowing sign of just how far President Trump’s use of the term ‘fake news’ is spreading to de-legitimize critical reporting in the United States.” While representatives from Sinclair have reiterated their company’s “commitment to reporting facts” as the intent of this campaign, criticism has come from members of Congress, reporters, and current and former company employees. Aaron Weiss, a former news director at a company-owned television station, told CNN: “The problem with what Sinclair does is, they co-opt the credibility that local anchors have built up in their communities over years and decades, and use that credibility to promote a political agenda.” A 2017 Morning Consult/Politico poll found that more registered voters trust their local news outlets to report the truth than national news. Sinclair owns the largest number of local television stations in the United States, and the company is currently involved in a proposed $3.9 billion deal to buy out Tribune Media. The purchase would provide the company with an additional 42 television stations, leaving Sinclair with more than 200 news television stations nationwide. In response to the campaign, some of the company’s employees have expressed their disapproval or even resigned from their positions, and at least one affiliate channel has refused to air the segment. However, current and former employees have shared with the press evidence demonstrating a work environment that makes it difficult for staff to express concerns or even to leave the company, and Sinclair often imposes editorial influence on how its local affiliates present stories and graphics, including deleting comments from affiliates’ online content before web editors address it. Some employees for company-owned TV stations are also required by a “liquidated damages” clause to pay 40 percent of their annual compensation if they choose to leave their position before the end of term, and a noncompete clause bars them from signing contracts with competitors for six months after terminating their agreement, according to contracts reviewed by Bloomberg. Other employees have shared excerpts from employee handbooks that say the company “may monitor, intercept, and review, without further notice, every employee’s activities using Company’s electronic resources and communications systems.” And while legal experts say this is standard contract language, Sinclair employees told The Huffington Post the workplace culture has made them “particularly mindful” of these policies. The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year. last_img read more

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first_imgShannon statue to commemorate Axel Killaloe skier takes on Winter Olympics challenge Twitter Advertisement Health tourism here Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up NewsLocal NewsLake TalkBy Bernie English – September 3, 2014 902 Previous articleEarly intervention favoured over fizzy drinks banNext articleMary I launches college app Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. TAGSballinafull-imagekillaloelakemary Immacu;ateResearch Driverless cars to be developed in Shannon Print Limerick woman scores €33,000 on Winning Streak WhatsApp Dr. Catherine Dalton of Mary Immaculate College will give a talk on lake research at the Lakeside Hotel, Ballina, Co. Tipperary on Wednesday September 10, starting at 8:00 p.m. Dr. Dalton will address the members and supporters of the River Shannon Protection Alliance, and the general public, on the subject of the extensive research she has carried out on lakes and other water bodies in Ireland and other parts of the world. Much of her work has been centred around the fundamentals of sediments and what they tell us about the past, and their implications for the future.The talk will be both informative and enlightening, and could provide important pointers relative to the Shannon and Lough Derg. All are welcome. Email Limerick man’s body recovered in Killaloe Linkedinlast_img read more