Trump blasts news media as 'fakers', defends Sinclair

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And in Cincinnati, City Councilman P.G. In a sign of Sinclair's controversial stature, Deadspin's compilation of the promos - making the anchors in various markets sound like robots - went viral on Saturday.

Sinclair has seemingly managed to continue pushing forward with its proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media, which would greatly expand Sinclair's national audience reach, amid the all the criticism.

It turns out conservative media giant Sinclair Broadcasting Group has been quietly buying television stations across the country and changing their programming to promote a right-wing stance, according to Deadspin, which published the damning video over the weekend.

Sinclair owns almost 200 local TV stations, and mandated dozens of on-air talent to read a promo bashing what it calls "fake news".

Sinclair Broadcast Group's corporate mandates are exacerbating tensions between the company's local stations and its management.

Among others, John Oliver skewered Sinclair's campaign during his HBO program, "Last Week Tonight", on Sunday. Slightly more from these groups rely on cable news.

But Sinclair got a vote of confidence Monday in a tweet from Trump.

For Trump's critics, his tweet of the Sinclair Broadcasting shows bias toward a conservative-leaning agenda rather than the neutral/left-leaning input that news organizations provide to the public.

Most of Sinclair's stations are CNN affiliates - meaning CNN shares content and resources with them and vice versa.

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"The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media", read the original script, though some stations tweaked the language. "Some other false stories, like the false "Pizzagate" story, can result in unsafe consequences". "We are focused on fact-based reporting. That's our commitment to our communities", the memo states. "We consider it our honor, our privilege to responsibly deliver the news every day".

The promotional script assured viewers that "we work very hard to seek the truth and strive to be fair, balanced and factual...."

Last month, anchors told CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter, who broke the story about the planned Sinclair promotion, their concerns in recording the promos.

"It was a standard package, but an extended package, extended story where you'd hear more directly from candidate on the issue instead of hearing all the spin and all the rhetoric", Sinclair spokesman Scott Livingston told Politico.

"Unfortunately", it said, "some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think".

"This is extremely unsafe to our democracy", late night host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted Sunday.

He was incredulous at the criticism Sinclair was receiving and called out other networks for even more widespread use of scripts and mandated messaging. They hired Trump aide Boris Epshteyn as their chief political analyst.

President Donald Trump criticized the major television networks on Tuesday as "fakers".

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