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Sinclair freak out

Lefties heads are exploding over a statement which was read on air by many news anchors at Sinclair Broadcast Group owned television stations.  The blogosphere and sites run by the usual liberal suspects are outraged.  Here is a typical headline:

CNY Central, other Sinclair TV stations caught reading same right-wing script

That is from syracuse.com which one would expect to be a straight shooting news source.  But why the visceral reaction?

Here is the actual script which was personalized by each station inserting appropriate names and call letters.

 

Hi, I’m [name] with [station]. Our greatest responsibility is to serve our communities. I am extremely proud of the quality, balanced journalism that [station] produces, but I’m concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country.

The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media. More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories without checking facts first. Unfortunately, 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 dangerous to our democracy.

At [station], it is our responsibility to report and pursue the truth. We understand the truth is neither politically left nor right. Our commitment to factual reporting is the foundation of our credibility now more than ever. But we are human, and sometimes our reporting might fall short. If you believe our coverage is unfair, please reach out through our [station] website by clicking on “Content Concerns.” We value your comments and we will respond back to you.

We work very hard to seek the truth and strive to be fair, balanced, and factual. We consider it our honor and privilege to responsibly deliver the news every day. Thank you for watching, and we appreciate your feedback.

Not sure what is “right wing” about committing to pursue and report truth.  You have to wonder if any of the people freaking out about this actually read the statement.  Or did they just see a leftie criticism and decide to use the statement as their own “fake news.”

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