Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Sinclair: The Battle Continues

Latest from the Seattle Times:

Under mounting political, legal and financial pressure, Sinclair Broadcast Group yesterday backed away from its plan to carry a film attacking Sen. John Kerry's Vietnam record, saying it would air only portions of the documentary in an hourlong special scheduled for Friday.
Sinclair hits back, courtesy of Newsday:
"Executives have endured personal attacks of the vilest nature ... ," said chief executive David H. Smith, whose family has given generously to Republicans in the last 10 years. "We cannot in a free America yield to the misguided attempts by a small but vocal minority to influence behavior and trample on the First Amendment.
Newsday also reports:
On another front, California venture capitalist Andrew Rappaport and his wife Deborah, who have given more than $300,000 to Democrats since 2000, offered to pay Sinclair its costs for lost advertising plus $1 million to buy an hour of programming time to air "Going Upriver," a new documentary that paints a flattering picture of Kerry's Vietnam-era activities.

"We feel we're providing Sinclair with an ability to balance the coverage," Deborah Rappaport said in a conference call with reporters.
Also: NYU Journalism honcho Jay Rosen praises former Sinclar DC bureau chief Jon Leiberman's "courageous action."

Kos readers engineer a Sinclair boycott.

Paul Levinson, chairman of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University says.

Sinclair has every right to broadcast the documentary and media observers have every right to assess Sinclair as one of the most biased national broadcasting companies in American history.

[Just be glad that we're not talking about Mary Poppins and Dick Tracy showing up on voter registrations in Ohio in exchange for the crack rock.]

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