The nation's largest broadcaster, Sinclair, is forcing hundreds of its news stations to air a commentary about the "fake news" produced by other outlets. It's showing here in Utah, angering many journalists, including some Sinclair employees.
Beginning in late March, the country’s largest broadcaster, Sinclair Broadcast Group, forced news anchors on nearly 200 TV stations to record a scripted commentary decrying the “fake news” and biased reporting produced by other outlets. In Salt Lake City, TV station KUTV has aired the commentary more than a dozen times. Outrage has followed, coming from media watchdogs, journalists, and members of the public. Wednesday, we’re talking about the controversy and its impact in this hyper-partisan era.
- Whittney Evans is a reporter for KUER News.
- Andy Kroll is an investigative reporter at Mother Jones. He has reported extensively on Sinclair Broadcast Group.
RadioWest has invited KUTV 2 News and Sinclair Broadcasting Group to participate in the conversation.