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#1 LFC

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 10:39 AM

This short video makes it abundantly clear what they are doing and it is "extremely dangerous to our democracy."


" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 11:05 AM

CNN ran a story that local journalists aren't happy being forced to be right-wing mouthpieces.

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The must-run segment alleges that “some media outlets” publish reporting “without checking facts first.”

Another unnamed local reporter told CNN: “I try everyday to do fair, local stories, some Trump-related, but it’s always washed out by this stuff they do at a national level.”

“As a producer who finds it unethical, I will refuse to run it,” another unnamed Sinclair employee told the network, though CNN noted it was unclear whether any of Sinclair’s stations — the company owns more stations than any other broadcaster in the United States — had actually refused to run the segment.

The stations were instructed to run the segment often, and during “news time, not commercial time,” according to internal documents reported by CNN in early March. Sinclair owns more television stations than any other broadcaster in the country. On Monday, the company could claim the support of a powerful friend: President Donald Trump, some of whose former advisers now work for Sinclair, and who tweeted in support of the broadcaster.

The Los Angeles Times’ Matt Pearce published an exchange he had with an unnamed Sinclair employee who described conditions that, in Pearce’s words, make it “so hard for TV anchors to refuse the Sinclair’s editorial edicts.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 05:35 PM

An ex-Sinclair news director said that this forced propaganda has been going on for years but this latest example is really awful. His description of the videos that were dug up and played together is stellar.

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A former news director for a Sinclair-owned TV station in the Midwest said this week that the “must-run” promotions — like the one that went viral featuring local anchors denouncing fake news — have been commonplace for years.

But the infamous “one-sided news stories” script was the worst example the 14-year local news producer has seen. The producer, Aaron Weiss, told CNN on Wednesday that the videos were “equivalent to a proof-of-life hostage video.”

“My heart broke, my heart broke for the anchors who were forced to do that,” Weiss told the network, after publishing an op-ed about Sinclair in The Huffington Post on Monday.

“I know several of them and as someone who grew up in the local news business — my mom was an anchor in Tucson, Arizona for 30 years and I imagined if she had been forced to do something like that when I was a kid and forced to make a decision about their ethics versus feeding her family and keeping her job in a business she loves,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine doing it and so my heart goes out to all those anchors who were basically forced to do the equivalent of a proof of life hostage video.”

Apparently Sinclair has a tight grip on their serfs.

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“They have successfully locked down the company where anyone inside — we have seen some memos that have been leaked threatening anyone who dares to speak out to anyone publicly about this,” he told CNN.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 12:32 PM

It looks like Sinclair demands a lot of employees who seek to leave employment before the contract term is up.

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...According to copies of two employment contracts reviewed by Bloomberg, some Sinclair employees were subject to a liquidated damages clause for leaving before the term of their agreement was up: one that requires they pay as much as 40 percent of their annual compensation to the company.

While they were also subject to a six-month noncompete clause and forced arbitration, three current and former Sinclair employees said it was the potential financial penalty that had the greatest impact on those thinking of quitting. Under the clause, there’s a specific window of time during which employees can give notice. One current employee who requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly said the clause’s limitations are the reason he hasn’t quit. A former employee who also requested anonymity said both the noncompete and the damages clause dissuaded her at first from looking for work elsewhere.


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Posted 05 April 2018 - 12:47 PM

It's time to boycott Sinclair's propaganda machine
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Posted 05 April 2018 - 09:19 PM


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 07:45 AM

View PostLFC, on 04 April 2018 - 05:35 PM, said:

An ex-Sinclair news director said that this forced propaganda has been going on for years but this latest example is really awful. His description of the videos that were dug up and played together is stellar.



Apparently Sinclair has a tight grip on their serfs.

FBI raids to freethe hostages seem called for.

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GOP delenda est.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 04:11 PM

Some Republicans are kind of freaking out about throwing away the rules so that Sinclair can gobble up local TV stations. Why? Nine letters; ABC, NBC, CBS. Tom DeLay's comment (my bold) is funny in a pathetic, hypocritical kind of way.

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The Donald Trump-backing Sinclair Broadcast Group’s pending $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media, creating a local television station cartel of unprecedented power and reach, has triggered a mind-meld of liberals and conservatives that would otherwise have been unthinkable in the present era of polarized politics.

The result is a possibly heartening (and, let’s face it, bizarre) alliance between the usual suspects—that is, left-leaning public interest groups and elected Democrats who’d be expected to oppose any such merger—and right-leaning media outlets such as Christopher Ruddy’s Newsmax, the San Diego-based Herring family’s One America News, Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, and even the hard-right former House Republican Majority Leader, Tom “The Hammer” DeLay.

“Don’t get me wrong: I appreciate the conservative perspective of Sinclair, and support its First Amendment right to espouse its views,” DeLay wrote in a recent Politico op-ed titled “Why Trump Should Block the Sinclair Merger.”

This would be a highly unlikely outcome given the president’s recent tweet: “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.”

Still, DeLay added, “This transaction would set a terrible precedent by opening the door for ABC, CBS, and NBC to also buy many more TV stations. At that point, nothing can stop liberal Northeast corporate executives from telling homes in the heartland what to think.”

Merger opponent Ruddy, meanwhile, told The Daily Beast: “It’s going to give them enormous reach—70 percent of the country—and it’s going to dwarf anything else in scale that’s on cable news or any of the major TV networks right now. And it’s a danger to not only liberals but also to Republicans and conservatives.

"Trump campaigned against media concentration of power—that was his line. OK, Sinclair is favorable to Trump, but now you’re going to have three or four A-level competitors like NBC, ABC and CBS that are going to be doing it, and it will be very bad and dangerous for everyone.”


DeLay's choice of words is very interesting. He didn't say they'd be pushing fake stories at these people he said "tell them what to think." No wonder he's scared. Everybody knows that's the job of the right-wing media!
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 05:11 PM

Jeff Bezos should announce that he's planning to buy a couple hundred TV stations. That will create a priceless reaction from Trump.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 05:15 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 13 April 2018 - 05:11 PM, said:

Jeff Bezos should announce that he's planning to buy a couple hundred TV stations. That will create a priceless reaction from Trump.

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" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 09:14 PM

View PostLFC, on 13 April 2018 - 04:11 PM, said:

Some Republicans are kind of freaking out about throwing away the rules so that Sinclair can gobble up local TV stations. Why? Nine letters; ABC, NBC, CBS. Tom DeLay's comment (my bold) is funny in a pathetic, hypocritical kind of way.

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Still, DeLay added, “This transaction would set a terrible precedent by opening the door for ABC, CBS, and NBC to also buy many more TV stations. At that point, nothing can stop liberal Northeast corporate executives from telling homes in the heartland what to think.”

DeLay's choice of words is very interesting. He didn't say they'd be pushing fake stories at these people he said "tell them what to think." No wonder he's scared. Everybody knows that's the job of the right-wing media!

Roger Ailes in his"A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News" Nixon White House Memo said:

just sit—watch—listen. The thinking is done for you.

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 10:24 PM

There used to be a saying that I heard from my mom: "Life is for people who can't read. Time is for people who can't think." (they were both published by the same company.

Guess the second part is now the purview of Fox News and Sinclair.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 03:14 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 13 April 2018 - 10:24 PM, said:

There used to be a saying that I heard from my mom: "Life is for people who can't read. Time is for people who can't think." (they were both published by the same company.
So a Time-Life book about the Dumpster presidency would be fitting as a coffee table piece. Lots of pictures!
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 10:13 AM

Tribune pulls out of potential deal with Sinclair. Good!

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Tribune withdrew from its $3.9 billion buyout by Sinclair, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News.

Tribune Media Co., which is on the hook for a $135 million breakup fee, said Thursday that it is filing a lawsuit against Sinclair, citing breach of contract.

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. wanted the Chicago company’s 42 TV stations and had agreed to dump almost two dozen of its own to score approval by the Federal Communications Commission. The media company which has enjoyed the support of President Donald Trump, appeared to be cruising toward approval by U.S. regulators.

Last month, however, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that he had “serious concerns” about the deal, saying that Sinclair might still be able to operate the stations “in practice, even if not in name.”

Tribune, based in Chicago, claimed Thursday that Sinclair used “unnecessarily aggressive and protracted negotiations” with the Department of Justice and FCC over regulatory requirements and that it refused to sell the stations it needed to.

Sinclair operates 192 stations, runs 611 channels and operates in 89 U.S. markets. It would have been able to expand rapidly into numerous new markets with the Tribune acquisition.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 20 October 2018 - 01:29 AM

What democracy? This is the democratic process.
  • Individuals register to run as candidates.
  • An election campaign is waged and the candidates state their prospectus and policies, the candidate’s policies are reported in the media. People weigh the policies and make an informed decision and vote. The winner takes office.
  • The office holder puts their prospectus into law.
Can any body see a problem?
Any non-felon with an ID can register to vote. Despite republican laws on ID’s and gerrymandering attempts by all sides that is still the best part of the system.

The election campaign is one big problem. Unless you are a billionaire then you will need funding. Candidates will need to pay for as many attack adds as they can. Attack adds are an art form developed in the US and they are very, very effective. The policies of the candidates quickly become secondary issues - by design. Unlimited funds are used to squeeze out candidates that are not friendly to big money.

Media reporting of the candidate’s policies are biased. That word actually does not describe the reality. The media downright lie because they are owned by big money. There are no popular independent media any more, the day of the rag has gone. People are day in day out streamed propaganda. Some of it is very subtle too. At the end of the campaign the party that has appealed most to the voter’s prejudice wins.

The newly incumbent office holder puts his policies into practice. No. The supreme court have decided that a candidate’s prospectus is not a legal undertaking, it is free speech. So, when he has taken office he can throw away his prospectus and ignore all his promises.

Until the cool aid electorate read enough and are able to discriminate what is good for them and their country then elections will remain a contest between billionaires with us as mere spectators. To put things back on track, even partially, we need to cap political funding and have even reporting. Good luck with that.

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Posted 20 October 2018 - 07:33 AM

View PostGeorge Powell, on 20 October 2018 - 01:29 AM, said:

Any non-felon with an ID can register to vote.

Assuming that the ID matches precisely several different systems of record and doesn't match any of dozens of other records across the country. And, of course, assuming that the registration isn't voided sometime before the election.

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The newly incumbent office holder puts his policies into practice. No.

If the majority of the SCOTUS doesn't want it, they'll find a way to reverse it, sometimes without even pretending to have a Constitutional basis for doing so. Witness Shelby County.
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Posted 20 October 2018 - 07:59 AM

D.C. In the short time I have read your comments I am impressed with your knowledge. However you and many others seemed concerned about the details when nothing you do makes any difference anyway. The forces against control by individuals is so vast at every level it is like nibbling away at one tiny point of white noise wave. The system is against any individual or organised group of individuals, unions, bloggers whatever from having any influence. Your democratic rights have been relentlessly nibbled away until people do not matter at all. The propaganda goes out to the cool aid masses and simply bypasses smart people. They are not required any more, the media have algorithms to control you. There is even now an attack on alternate news so they can control the dialog totally.

Tell me there is hope. Make my day.

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Posted 20 October 2018 - 08:40 AM

View PostGeorge Powell, on 20 October 2018 - 07:59 AM, said:

Tell me there is hope. Make my day.

Step one: elections do have consequences. The 2016 presidential race was decided by a relative handful of people and could very easily gone the other way. How much does one vote count? Control of the Virginia House of Delegates was decided by one vote and reversed in the recount by, again, just one vote.

If Clinton had become President the chances of McConnell denying any Supreme Court nominations for five years would be amazingly slim, and that would mean that the median vote on the Court would be seriously in favor of voting rights -- with all that that changes. Also the use of big money in electoral politics, antitrust, etc.

That's not the world we live in, but the track we're on is not at all inevitable.
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Posted 20 October 2018 - 10:23 AM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 20 October 2018 - 08:40 AM, said:

If Clinton had become President the chances of McConnell denying any Supreme Court nominations for five years would be amazingly slim, and that would mean that the median vote on the Court would be seriously in favor of voting rights -- with all that that changes. Also the use of big money in electoral politics, antitrust, etc.

That's not the world we live in, but the track we're on is not at all inevitable.

I will be honest. I wrote a hefty reply but I deleted it because it served no purpose. I find it hard to believe that somebody like Clinton would represent ordinary Americans. I find her war like and great friends with the MIC and lobbyists. I hope America can climb out of the supreme court pit it is in. Dearly hope.

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Posted 20 October 2018 - 10:43 AM

View PostGeorge Powell, on 20 October 2018 - 10:23 AM, said:

Find me one good DEM in the Saddam and Gomorrah of American politics, at least one who is ever likely to be made president.

There are plenty (Obama was one) -- but ain't no saints. We've never had a saint in the White House, and I defy you to find any saints running any country, anywhere, ever.

On the other hand, there's a long way down and eternal vigilance etc.
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