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Consequences of the actions of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group

By Aldanatech ·
After the Sinclair Broadcasting Group (NASDAQ ? SBGI) broadcasted "Stolen Honor", an attack film on John Kerry based on slanted and inaccurate information, in would seem that the SBC is now being affected in ways that they didn?t experience before. In some cities such as Portland, Madison, Springfield, and Minneapolis, local advertisers, including car dealers, furniture makers, supermarkets and restaurants, have taken their commercials off the company's stations.

"I've decided I don't want to advertise on them," said Adam Lee, the president of Lee Auto Malls, which owns 10 auto dealerships in Portland Me., and has ordered its advertising off the CBS affiliate, WGME. "It's a public trust. It seems they're abusing it. If it were a news show and they were really trying to do a fair and balanced story on both sides, that would be a different matter. I don't think they are. That's not their intention."

Groups, including Common Cause, the Alliance for Better Campaigns, Media Access Project, Media for Democracy and the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ, are putting together a database listing all Sinclair advertisers and will try to persuade others to withdraw their commercials. Among those on the list are chains like Applebee's International, Best Buy, Chili's, Circuit City, Domino's Pizza, Lowe's, Papa John's, Subway, Taco Bell and Wal-Mart Stores.

The controversy of the last week comes at a time when Sinclair's stock, like that of other local broadcasting companies, has already been hammered by a sluggish advertising environment and the dashing of deregulation hopes. The Sinclair stock has already fallen 53 percent this year. On Friday, it dropped 7 cents, or 1 percent to close at $7.04, near its 52-week low of $6.87. Before The Los Angeles Times first reported Sinclair's plans to show the s-called documentary more than a week ago, the stock was at $7.50.

Now this is not the first time we see the SBG do something like this. In April 2004, Sinclair ordered seven of its stations not to air Ted Koppel's Nightline broadcast featuring a roll call of the 700 U.S. troops who had died in Iraq. Republican Senator John McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, was among the many who criticized Sinclair?s action: "It is, in short, sir, unpatriotic. I hope it meets with the public opprobrium it most certainly deserves." [CNN, 4/30/04] Also, it is known for a fact that the SBG is a big supporter of the Bush Administration. It has given nearly $67,784 in political contributions, 97% to Republicans (http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/contrib.asp?Ind=C2100&Cycle=2004).

What do you think the outcome of all of this will be, and what kind of effect do think it will bring to the election?

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The outcome will be Bush will win and I will then say STFU

by Garion11 In reply to Consequences of the actio ...

with a new thread.

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Not exactly underhanded in comparisson

by Oz_Media In reply to Consequences of the actio ...

This whole election has been a farce from BOTH sides and the supporters. There is SO little attention paid to motives and ALL the attention is on what the other guy did or didn't say, reducing credibility etc. Really sad for a couple of guys who deem themselves to encourage and lead people with while claiming to be worthy of presidential status.

Then we have the righty nutbags running around saying Bush will win and the STFU, great DEMOCRACY mindset that GWB has fuelled with all the mistakes and hidden agendas of such a dodgy administration.

When your own kind start running to the other side with all the horrors they have faced or been told to lie about, you KNOW you have some pretty sketchy information being presented as fact.

What BLOWS my mind stil, nobody is willing to even question Bush, not even QUESTION him, yet alone see him for what he is. People won't even BAT AN EYE, at any negative information, it is INSTANTLY dismissed as Lety BS, what a great job the Republican administration has done at convincing people that everyone lies except them.

If I was a Republican OR Democrat, I would take such accusations VERY seriously and seek to find the truth from mulitple sources, OUTSIDE the country even, instead people don't even LOOK, they just follow.

As another poster (lupehoo) said quite bluntly, they are like "Idiot Sheep".

Now that one speaks volumes!

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Republican perspective

by johnsmith In reply to Not exactly underhanded i ...

I'm a republican who is forced to choose the lesser of two evils. I do not blindly follow or believe Bush as I know there is quite a bit that is questionable about the man. However I am forced to conclude that Kerry would be a disaster for this nation if he were to become president. At the heart of the issue is the democratic philosophy of the appearance of compassion. He will destroy our economy if he implements his ideas (he won't though; it's all a lot of feel-good warm-fuzzy BS that can't possibly work).

For example: Anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that the Kyoto Protocol is designed to hobble the US and make it less competitive in the global market. For Kerry to even entertain the idea shows that he is only interested in rhetoric. All that's missing is for him to say "it's for the children."

Kerry blames the flu vaccine shortage on the Bush administration. I'm interested to know how he thinks the Bush administration could have foreseen or prevented a vaccine manufacturing plant in Europe from shutting down.

And in contrast to Kerry, who is one of the best spin doctors and bandwagon jumpers we've seen in a campaign in quite a while (exhibit a; the above mentioned vaccine "crisis"), I don't think GW intentionally lies; he is simply uninformed and somewhat clueless. To me, that is the lesser of two evils. I just wish my state allowed write-ins and third-party candidates on the ballot...

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"disaster?" - At least you used the lower-case 'd'

by B.D.G. In reply to Republican perspective

I intend to vote Democrat as the lesser of two evils - and especially this year as the Republicans own the House and will probably retain control of the Senate. The worst that happens in this country comes when there is one-party control of all the works. It will be plenty difficult for a Kerry presidency to do anything other than veto misbegotten legislation. Four more years of full Republican control is a very frightening thought.
An interesting article about the changes in the two-party system appeared in the Washington Post [which I actually read, as opposed to use just for wrapping up fish] - http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A64984-2004Jul20?language=printer

- from a Knee-Jerk Liberal

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Kerry's side had their stab with Michael Moore's Movie..

by TomSal In reply to Consequences of the actio ...

...So on this issue I don't really think either side can complain. The Kerry camp should shut up because of Fahrenheit 9/11, and the Bush camp should shut up because now they have "Stolen Honor"....which I'm sure BOTH features use lies, manipulation of facts and exaggeration out the hoohah.

Finally...is it just me or is anyone else starting to look forward for Nov 2nd, if for no other reason but knowing the election will be OVER!! :)

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A day of peace

by Oz_Media In reply to Kerry's side had their st ...

Whomever wins, GWB or Kerry,it will be nice to see an end to the constant two sided crap slinging both of these candidates have been reduced to.

PERSONALLY, I think that Kerry would be beter off without GWB as an oponent, GWB has a way of bringing out the worst in people as his campaign tactics and devateig skills are so ridiculously focused it's hardly amusign anymore, I think Kerry is no better but has been reduced to this by his opponent. Certainly isn't the way a succesful DA would handle these issues.

Ahhh, peace and quiet. I don't think so though.

Bush suporters will be all over this forum if he wins, trying to downplay people as being wrong for supporting Kerry. They will think it adds validation to all the unrealistic claims and lies of GWB, whereas all it shows is that he managed to fool them better than Kerry did.

If Kerry wins, every single word uttered or move made for th next four years will be scrutinized and questiond by the Republicans. It's a FINE MESS that GWB has placed his party and supporters in, a divided nation...well done, a divided world...well done.

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Ha Ha Ha Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

by ippirate In reply to A day of peace

What a load of **** Oz. You are actually going to try to pass the fact that Kerry is a horses behind off as being Bush's fault now? He has been known for years as a ultraleftist, elistic, egotistic, arrogant arse and because that comes out at the national level it's Bush's fault?
This isn't the first time he has engaged in a smear campaign and shown how dirty he is. He did it post-Vietnam, he did it in his grab at state leadership in Mass and he did it in his Senatorial races. Are you going to blame those little outbursts on Bush as well? Sounds like a steady run at the "blame game" to me, which, incidentally is something you stated earlier you hated about Bush supporters, that you feel like they will run to an excuse for whatever is said he did wrong.

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NO that wasn't my take nor implication at all

by Oz_Media In reply to Ha Ha Ha Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ...

but seeig as you would never in 100 years see otherwise, why waste the keystrokes and continue to fade the white imprints in them?

You obviously don't see my point, others will I'm sure but thank for your well though out response.

I wouldn't expect you or other republicans to understand what I am referring to anyway, oyu guys can't even see through Bush, so it is a waste for you to object at all.

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By others you mean "Other likeminded individuals"

by ippirate In reply to NO that wasn't my take no ...

Which doesn't necessarily correlate to "higher intelligence" or "better" as you imply. Gotta give you credit, at least you don't stoop to the point of G. Brown and try to call those who are in opposition to your point of view sheep.
I will say this though. Saying that I wouldn't understand implies that either
a. I am unwilling, which we both know would be a lie
b. I am unable to due to lack of intellect. Is this what you are saying?
c. I am unable to understand because I am not willing to disregard the blatant mistakes that dear Mr. Kerry has made all on his own.

What you are preaching is nothing new. Right now the problems of the world are Mr. Bush's. After the election the problems will become those of the Republican party. It is a game that has been going on for many, many years. The Democrats have never "owned" a mistake. It is always someone else's fault or they are mis-understood. Nope, the BS stops right here. I don't agree and just because I don't agree I am being referenced ignorant, incapable or a sheep? If that means that I won't embrace the garbage that the Democrats call truth then I guess I am.

As for Brown? It is so enlightening to see that the field has been reduced to accepting IQs that are incapable of nothing more than name calling right of the bat. It would have been nice had you at least made a meaningful or thoughtful comment once or twice first.

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Muhahahaha

by G.Brown In reply to By others you mean "Other ...

"As for Brown? It is so enlightening to see that the field has been reduced to accepting IQs that are incapable of nothing more than name calling right of the bat. It would have been nice had you at least made a meaningful or thoughtful comment once or twice first."

Yep, I agree ... it's very annoying isn't it ... and that is what I am trying to say!!!

It's OK for the Bush and crew to keep on spouting their own "slogans" like "flip-flop" and "four more years"

My aim was to provoke you and show you how annoying it is :)

Roflmao :)

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