Sinclair Broadcast Group

The company that is soon to own WDAF 4 has instituted a lot of changes at it’s stations; take WJAR-TV, which is mandated to broadcast of multiple programs favorable to Generalissimo Donaldo Juan Trumpo on that state’s most-watched television station.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, a rapidly growing media company that bought Channel 10 in 2014, produces “must-run” segments and distributes them to its local stations nationwide. They must air during daily news programming, Sinclair executives said.

Sinclair is poised to become the nation’s largest owner of TV stations and, with its recent hire of former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn, viewers can expect to see more of the chain’s political programming.

The practice, which has infused a political flavor into the 68-year-old WJAR’s broadcasts, started quietly there at least a year ago.

Three of the segments have rattled viewers and WJAR’s own news reporters, according to Fletcher Fischer, the business manager and financial secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1228, the union that represents broadcast workers there:

  • The Terrorism Alert Desk, advertised as a daily news update about terrorist activity.
  • News pieces from Epshteyn, Sinclair’s chief political analyst.
  • A clearly labeled opinion show featuring Mark Hyman, a former vice president of the company.

These pieces are fed to Sinclair’s 174 stations in the United States every day.

Sinclair’s insertion of the segments into news programming has been harshly critiqued by Rhode Islanders and national commentators.

Gloria Crist, a 54-year-old actress from Tiverton, says she’s stopped watching the station.

Rep. David N. Cicilline condemned the practice, saying: “Rhode Islanders rely on our local news being produced in Rhode Island, not directed by a national conglomerate for local broadcasters to deliver.”

Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan wrote, “What Fox News is for cable, Sinclair could become for broadcast: programming with a soupçon — or more — of conservative spin.”

And HBO’s John Oliver dedicated a show to what he calls Sinclair’s corporate propaganda.

But Sinclair says it’s providing national commentary to “free up” reporters “to create more local news, which we considered to be squarely in the public interest.”

So much for the “liberal” mainstream media, n’est-ce pas?

WDAF is already a FOX sock puppet, so perhaps there won’t be too significant a change locally. And hey! our own Terrorism Alert Desk! Hoo boy – bring on the popcorn!

Better yet, Sinclair is launching a “national investigative news team“, which we would assume, would –at least locally– delve into the Kansas City Water Department incompetency, the downtown hotel cash give-away, as well as the illegalities surrounding the street car.

What could possibly go wrong?

Sinclair Broadcast Group

Jeffy Sessions\’s Lies

Among other things, American Oversight has filed FOIA requests demanding the release of documents pertaining to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s Russian contacts.

Just yesterday DOJ produced a single, heavily redacted page of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s security clearance application on which Sessions indicated that he had no foreign government contacts in the past seven years.

I promise you, had I or any other Federal employee blatantly lied on our security clearance application, we would have been immediately dismissed for cause and –depending upon a.) the blatancy of the lie and b.) the ramifications of the lie– prosecuted.

Sessions? He’s free to try and impose his idea of the 1950s theocracy on a country that doesn’t want it.

Jeffy Sessions's Lies

The War on Women

A by-blow of Our Pussy-Grabber in Chief’s moral Alzheimer’s is the renewed surge in The War on Women.

From Wyoming, the Land Civilization Forgot:

CHEYENNE — Two of three bills that could restrict abortion in Wyoming have been assigned to the Senate Agriculture committee, prompting one critic to question why they aren’t going to the group of lawmakers debating health issues.
A third abortion bill is going to the Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee, the group of lawmakers that typically reviews such legislation.

The three bills have already passed the House.

“I have not spoken to the Senate president yet, but the clear message that seems to be resonating around the Capitol is, are women livestock?” said Aimee Van Cleave, executive director of the Wyoming Democratic Party.

That’s right, livestock.

Wyoming: We Treat Cattle Right!

The War on Women

For this next item, let’s head south (of course), down Oklahoma way…

A US politician has said pregnant women are “hosts” whose bodies no longer belong to them once they are “irresponsible” enough to have sex. 

Justin Humphrey, an Oklahoma state legislator, has introduced a bill that would force women seeking an abortion to get written consent from the foetus’ father. 

Justifying the proposed law change, the Republican said one of the “breakdowns in our society” is that men are “excluded” from “these types of decisions”. 

“I understand that they feel like that is their body,” he told The Intercept. “I feel like it is a separate – what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host.’ And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant.

Down there in Oklahoma women don’t even rate as cattle; they’re just “hosts.”

What was it Atwood said?

“We are two-legged wombs, that’s all: sacred vessels, ambulatory chalices.” ~ The Handmaid’s Tale

The War on Women