Sinclair’s Weekly Worst: Hillary 2020?

Every week Allied Progress will share a selection of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s “Must Run” segments. These are biased segments that Sinclair headquarters famously mandate that all of their 191 stations run. If Sinclair’s merger with Tribune is approved, a total of 233 stations – reaching 72 percent of American households – will be forced to air these segments every week.

Journalists at Sinclair object to their airing. Experts call them propaganda. Allied Progress watches them…so you don’t need to. 

This week’s Sinclair Low-Lights…

FEATURED LOW-LIGHT: On November 13, Boris Epshteyn reported on his list of prospective Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, which includes…Hillary Clinton. “I am not joking,” Boris says. “I believe that the book and the accompanying tour are all parts of yet another attempted come back.” With absolutely no proof to cite, he asks: “Would the Democrats really do this to themselves? The facts suggest so.”

In addition to Boris’ standard “Must Runs,” he also did at least nine interviews on local Sinclair affiliates touting congressional Republicans’ tax plan (which incidentally, will raise taxes on millions of working Americans). Was Boris on as a Trump spokesperson or a Sinclair employee? Is there even a difference these days?

RUNNER-UP: On November 16, Mark Hyman stated as fact: “The New York Times is promoting bigotry.” The issue at hand? An op-ed by a New York law professor discussing racial tension in the U.S. from a black perspective. The author prays for “hope” and asks for us all to “stand beside one another against cheap attack and devaluation.” However, Hyman simply sees the piece as an attack on white people.

Happy Friday!

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