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(Talking Points Memo)   1/2 hour Romney campaign ad parading as a news special report. From Sinclair communication. Not Florida, Ohio   (tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 27
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2012-11-06 05:19:54 PM  
Ohioans aren't going to sit through one more 30 second commercial, let alone a 1/2 hour commercial.
 
2012-11-06 05:21:38 PM  
sinclair has done this before. it's basically a 30-minute "video news release" - a shady PR tactic in which an opinion piece is passed off as real news (similar to an "advertorial.")
 
2012-11-06 05:46:42 PM  
Damn liberal media.
 
2012-11-06 05:51:06 PM  
Link

Just wanted to double-check.

This was done by their regular local news team. Nice ethics there, guys. Real trustworthy.
 
2012-11-06 05:53:13 PM  
Oh, and check the update in TFA.

"Not Florida, Ohio" is now "In Florida and Ohio"
 
2012-11-06 06:13:56 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: Link

Just wanted to double-check.

This was done by their regular local news team. Nice ethics there, guys. Real trustworthy.


Wow, really? I just assumed they got some actors to play 'news anchors.'
 
2012-11-06 06:56:07 PM  

propasaurus: Wow, really? I just assumed they got some actors to play 'news anchors.'


That's what I would have thought, too, even though TFA was saying it was their actual news anchors.
But it's true, the local news team is reading it.

The nearly identical one that ran in Florida? Same story.

Liz Quirantes and Ben Becker gave the "CBS 12 Election Special" on WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, FL. 
CBS 12 News Team
 
2012-11-06 07:07:14 PM  
No shame.
 
2012-11-06 07:19:29 PM  
Doesn't this violate the equal time rule?
 
2012-11-06 07:20:57 PM  
I wonder if there will be some semblance of ethical behavior by the GOP ever again.
 
2012-11-06 07:22:38 PM  
The local Sinclair affiliate started airing editorials about 10 years ago. Roughly the same time I stopped watching their broadcasts. Mainly for that reason. I feel no shame watching their network's programming through "other means."
 
2012-11-06 07:26:52 PM  
I remember back in 2004 when my local ABC affiliate (owned by Sinclair) aired that program which basically labeled John Kerry as a traitor to this country.

This was shortly after Sinclair axed the local news department for this same station.

So basically, this station doesn't have a news department anymore but they still wanted to make sure their GOP propaganda film aired.

They sicken me.
 
2012-11-06 07:33:08 PM  

MrEricSir: Doesn't this violate the equal time rule?


I didn't think we even had that anymore?
 
2012-11-06 07:33:46 PM  

Mrtraveler01: I remember back in 2004 when my local ABC affiliate (owned by Sinclair) aired that program which basically labeled John Kerry as a traitor to this country.

This was shortly after Sinclair axed the local news department for this same station.

So basically, this station doesn't have a news department anymore but they still wanted to make sure their GOP propaganda film aired.

They sicken me.


Yeah, they mentioned that in TFA.
 
2012-11-06 07:34:55 PM  
How could this ever make a difference?

I mean, who the sam hell would ever sit through a half hour long political commercial?
 
2012-11-06 07:35:11 PM  

MrEricSir: Doesn't this violate the equal time rule?


There is no "equal time" rule anymore ... the FCC got rid of that in the late 70's or early 80's ... that's why we are treated to such wonderful right wing radio shows as Rush and Hannity.
 
2012-11-06 07:36:30 PM  

fusillade762: Mrtraveler01: I remember back in 2004 when my local ABC affiliate (owned by Sinclair) aired that program which basically labeled John Kerry as a traitor to this country.

This was shortly after Sinclair axed the local news department for this same station.

So basically, this station doesn't have a news department anymore but they still wanted to make sure their GOP propaganda film aired.

They sicken me.

Yeah, they mentioned that in TFA.


The other thing not mentioned in the article was a time when they preempted an episode of Nightline because it was airing a list of all the soliders who died in Iraq up to that day.

Sinclair's reasoning:

, "The action appears to be motivated by a political agenda designed to undermine the efforts of the United States in Iraq."

Link
 
2012-11-06 07:36:34 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: Link

Just wanted to double-check.

This was done by their regular local news team. Nice ethics there, guys. Real trustworthy.


That ain't nothin'. Obama does that 24/7 on MSNBC, with their "anchors". But I recon their ethics aren't in question because...BUSSSSHHSHSHSHSHHHH!
 
2012-11-06 07:37:43 PM  
Don't like this? Live in Ohio? Write to the FCC demanding they withdraw the broadcaster's license(s) noting that the lthe broadcasting rights were sold to them at a discount on the conditions that they would use part of their time to educate and inform in the interests of the public good, and that blatant lies, and propoganda are wholly incompatible with that interest. Every single complaint must be dealt with.

With sufficent critical mass, an organized group could retain the services of a lawyer sufficently specialized in this area to represent their interests, and pay to file a formal complaint.

Then when their license comes up for renewal and the FCC has it's public commentary period, hammer them with everything and every member possible.

Kick them right in the money.
 
2012-11-06 07:40:28 PM  

Tumunga: That ain't nothin'. Obama does that 24/7 on MSNBC, with their "anchors".


www.mediaite.com

"Why does everyone always forget about me???"
 
2012-11-06 07:55:05 PM  

MrEricSir: Doesn't this violate the equal time rule?


How could you even consider that, given Fox News? They'd owe Democrats about 50-100 thousand hours of coverage by this point.
 
2012-11-06 08:12:34 PM  

MrEricSir: Doesn't this violate the equal time rule?


Other Farkers are correct. The Equal Time Rule no longer exists and would be stupid today. It basically forces broadcast TV to go head-to-head with cable news and the internet which have no such regulation, and never would without large changes to Supreme Court decisions like FCC v Pacifica.

And when all you need to do is put a strawman up to present the other side, and you've met the requirements.
 
2012-11-06 09:33:41 PM  
Equal Time Rule != Fairness Doctrine
Equal time rule is still around, fairness doctrine essentially isn't. However, equal time doesn't apply to "scheduled newscasts".

Here you've got your local network newscasters, who one would normally think is giving straight news, basically delivering a corporate-sanctioned candidate endorsement in the guise of a newscast. Unless you're a Tea Partier, it wouldn't make much sense to trust these guys for news anymore. Or pretty much any Sinclair station now that I think about it.
 
2012-11-06 09:40:02 PM  

Tumunga: That ain't nothin'. Obama does that 24/7 on MSNBC, with their "anchors".


If you can't tell the difference between a cable station and a local network affiliate's news programming.... and can't tell the difference between pundits and straight news... you just might be

Tumunga: But I recon their ethics aren't in question because...BUSSSSHHSHSHSHSHHHH!


Yup, you are. Too bad for you. And for people around you.
 
2012-11-06 10:31:36 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: Tumunga: That ain't nothin'. Obama does that 24/7 on MSNBC, with their "anchors".

If you can't tell the difference between a cable station and a local network affiliate's news programming.... and can't tell the difference between pundits and straight news... you just might be

Tumunga: But I recon their ethics aren't in question because...BUSSSSHHSHSHSHSHHHH!

Yup, you are. Too bad for you. And for people around you.


Huh?
 
2012-11-07 07:56:43 AM  
...instead of World News with Diane Sawyer, and later at 11:30 p.m., during the slot normally held by Nightline.

Sinclair Broadcasting again? The guys who brought us the Swiftboat shiat-heads are now pre-empting real news in order to air Republican propaganda in Ohio just before the election?

Is that even legal?

It shouldn't be.

Sorry your dirty trick didn't work this times, asswipes.

Yeesh.
 
2012-11-07 12:37:22 PM  
Now, everybody stop and think about this for a second. When someone lies, misleads, and distorts the truth, the answer isn't to restrict freedom of speech. It's always a knee-jerk reaction on both sides when someone says something you disagree with - "make them stop saying that".

Yes, even when it's downright dishonest, designed to mislead, and factually untrue, the answer isn't to restrict the rights of those who are talking. The answer is to expose them. To shout it from the mountaintops, to make their actions have consequences, to force the world to sit up and take notice.

The answer to false speech is never less speech - it's more speech.
 
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