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US: Trump defends Sinclair as media company prepares for its mega-merger

 |  April 3, 2018

Videos of local news anchors reading the seemingly same script in a segment decrying “biased and false news” on Sinclair-owned TV stations is raising questions about the media company after the videos attracted attention online.

Sinclair Broadcast Group owns nearly 200 news stations across the country, many of which were reportedly told to have their anchors read the same speech decrying fake news.

Many viewers saw similarities in the language used in the various segments that aired on the local stations over the past few weeks with the rhetoric that President Donald Trump has used to slam the mainstream media.

“So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased. Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke,” Trump tweeted.

The company is awaiting federal approval of a proposed US$3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media, which would add 42 more local television stations to its quiver, including in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

Full Content: Washington Post

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