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ACLU, Parents Television Council Oppose Sinclair Expansion

ACLU, Parents Television Council Oppose Sinclair Expansion
(Kristoffer Tripplaar/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:57 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union and the conservative Parents Television Council have separately come out against Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.'s bid to purchase Tribune Media Co., Bloomberg reports.

Both argue in pleas to the Federal Communications Commission that if Sinclair were to purchase Tribune, it would become on of the largest media companies in the nation, with more than 200 stations across the country.

"The merger's result will be more uniform content, controlled from a distant corporate office," the ACLU said in a letter filed with the FCC. "Sinclair has a well-documented practice of forcing local broadcasters to read ideological scripts, take positions on partisan issues, and play pretaped segments featuring talking points from White House surrogates."

The Parents Television Council, which was founded by conservative Brent Bozell, urged the FCC to reject Sinclair's proposal, arguing "when local broadcasters are owned by corporate behemoths that are based hundreds, or even thousands, of miles away, the inevitable result is that local, community standards aren't just ignored, they are obliterated," in a filing to the FCC.

"Sinclair has not only failed to assure Americans that local community standards will be honored and embraced; rather, they have done the latter – most prominently by the now-renowned parroting-recitation of news anchors on the issue of 'fake news,'" Parents Television Council President Timothy F. Winter wrote. "Let us be perfectly clear that we abhor the concept of 'fake news' every bit as much as any other conscientious American. In fact, we applaud Sinclair for its corporate pledge to reject the production or dissemination of 'fake news.' 

"But the vice-grip-like control over local broadcast outlets' messaging demonstrates the very determined corporate control of local voices that we eschew."

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Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.'s bid to purchase Tribune Media Co. face objections from the American Civil Liberties Union and the conservative Parents Television Council, according to Bloomberg.
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