Protest Launched Against Sinclair

New York City–.

A union of liberal political teams is launching a nationwide protest against Sinclair Broadcast Group, charging that the 62-station TELEVISION broadcaster, which was also the target of intense objection during the presidential campaign, is mistreating public airwaves with partial news programming.

The groups, led by Media Matters for America, today will announce a project to stress Sinclair’s advertisers with letters. The teams, nonetheless, are cutting short of demanding a marketer boycott.

The campaign is just one of the initial broad efforts to reenergize liberal political protestors following the Democrats’ selecting defeat in November. Others entailed include, Free Press, Campaign for America’s Future, Working Assets, Alternet, MediaChannel, and also filmmaker Robert Greenwald, who made “Outfoxed,” a movie launched in the summer season that declared Republican bias at Fox News Channel.

The anti-Sinclair project will be run through a new website,

The major focus of the demonstration is the nighttime “The Factor” commentary by Mark Hyman, who is Sinclair’s representative as well as additionally looks after the firm’s Washington lobbying.

A recent Media Issues analysis of “The Point” versions from Nov. 2 to Dec. 1 discovered that the discourses repetitively assaulted previous Autonomous candidate John F. Kerry, former President Clinton as well as other Democratic politicians. Hyman has actually described Democrats as the “Angry Left,” charged that there is a liberal prejudice in the media and also expressed assistance for Shrub management plans.

The discourse broadcasts on around 40 of the 62 terminals that Sinclair possesses, programs or manages, reaching concerning one-fourth of UNITED STATE residences with tvs.

Hyman couldn’t be reached for remark Monday. Company executives have denied predisposition in their programming, however claim they regard to viewpoints that other media electrical outlets overlook.

Sinclair drew debate– as well as the displeasure of Democrats– in October, when The Times reported it prepared to air “Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Ever Recover,” a movie crucial of Kerry, on all its stations simply days prior to the snugly combated political election.

The network pulled back after the promotion led to dangers of an advertising boycott, grievances from Autonomous politicians and also dangers of shareholder activity. On Oct. 22, Sinclair aired what lots of analysts called a largely balanced information program about Kerry on about 40 stations.

Sinclair, an openly traded business, owns terminals associated with the 6 major networks.

The new letter-writing project and internet site will seek to explain to advertisers “what they are supporting, on the concept that many of them might not know, and likewise inquire to join us in an effort to hold Sinclair accountable,” claimed David Brock, head of state of Media Issues for America.

He claimed the team would love to have a dialogue” with Sinclair, with the objective of perhaps getting the TELEVISION group to enable answers to “The Point” or perhaps add an additional commentary with an extra liberal perspective.

A boycott “might be considered in the future” if the initial approach doesn’t work, Brock stated.

Filmmaker Greenwald said he aided put the union with each other after speaking to political protestor teams in the days after the Nov. 2 political election and finding a “grass-roots wish to get involved and also have something to do other than wait two years for an election.”.

The issue of viewed media predisposition– for both traditionalists and liberals– was a hot switch throughout the project as well as has actually revealed little sign of dying down because the political election.

When polled its participants on important concerns to deal with over the next four years, “media reform” came in 2nd– behind “political election reform.” Conservatives, at the same time, have actually proceeded their efforts to highlight what they view as liberal prejudice in the media.

They point out, among other examples, Dan Rather’s record on President Shrub’s 1970s armed forces service, which was based on what CBS currently claims were unverified papers.

Sinclair could be vulnerable to criticisms of predisposition due to the fact that it operates on over-the-air TV licenses, which are subject to Federal Communications Commission analysis, unlike wire networks. The FCC can eliminate licenses of terminal owners that do not operate in the general public interest.

Sinclair’s permit renewals for 6 stations in North and South Carolina are being challenged by the not-for-profit group Free Press.