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Sinclair Broadcasting's "Fake News" Promo

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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.

RadioWest divider.

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.

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RadioWest has invited KUTV 2 News and Sinclair Broadcasting Group to participate in the conversation.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.