Viral video raises worry over Sinclair’s political messaging inside local news

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WILLIAM BRANGHAM:

The video spread quickly on social media, again stirring criticism of the broadcast giant.

Scott Livingston, Sinclair’s senior vice president of news, responded in a memo saying- “The promos served no political agenda, and represented nothing more than an effort to differentiate our award-winning news programming from other, less reliable sources of information.”

And today, President Trump defended Sinclair, tweeting- “Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more fake NBC, which is a total joke.”

Meanwhile, Sinclair’s bid to buy Tribune, and thus expand its reach dramatically in local news, is awaiting approval from the Justice Department and the FCC.

For the PBS NewsHour, I’m William Brangham in Washington, D.C.



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