Churning Sinclair Broadcast
by Jerome Armstrong, Fri Apr 30, 2004 at 04:18:36 PM EDT
From Sen. John McCain:
McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam, sent a strongly worded letter to Sinclair Broadcast Group about its decision to pull Friday's "Nightline" from seven stations throughout the country.
"There is no valid reason for Sinclair to shirk its responsibility in what I assume is a very misguided attempt to prevent your viewers from completely appreciating the extraordinary sacrifices made on their behalf by Americans serving in Iraq," the Arizona Republican said in the letter Friday.
From Military Families Speak Out:
"The Sinclair Broadcast group is trying to undermine the lives of our soldiers killed in Iraq. By censoring `Nightline' they want to hide the toll the war on Iraq is having on thousands of soldiers and their families, like mine," wrote Jane Bright of West Hills, Calif. (Her son, Sgt. Evan Ashcraft, was killed in July near Mosul, Iraq.)
"We should be honoring all the men and women who have served," said Ivan Medina, 22, of Hinesville, Ga., who was with the Army in Iraq and whose twin brother, Irving, died there. "My hat goes off to `Nightline.'"
From the national media reform group Free Press:
"No one thinks for a second this decision has anything to do with journalism," McChesney said. "It's a politics-slash-business decision that Sinclair made because they don't want to (anger) the White House."
Sinclair, a political supporter of the Bush administration, is trying to curry favor with the White House to bolster chances of gaining changes in station ownership rules, McChesney alleged.
"The stench of corruption here is extraordinary," he said.
The White House is backtracking, Sinclair is silent. Don't forget the connection. Sinclair has contributed heavily to Bush -according open secrets the company or its directors have given over $200,000 to the RNC and Republican Candidates. $65,434 in 2004 political donations 98 percent of that to Republicans and 2 percent to Democrats.