Oliver, though, said Sinclair steers the ideology and tone of broadcasts across the country on TV stations it owns.
So, as Oliver suggests, check to see who owns your local news channel before becoming too enchanted by the by the personalities who may be being given no other choice than to read off conservative-tinged scripts by a mega-corporation that's actually making local news anything but local.
As Oliver stresses, though some of the cheap aesthetics of local news may be amusing, local news channels are also an indispensable source of information - reporting on stories that wouldn't be of national interest (though it's not infrequent, of course, that local news stories end up getting national and even global attention). However, the Tribune merger threatens to spread the company's agenda even further into more markets. He cited highly partisan political commentary by former Trump campaign advisor Boris Epshteyn, who now serves as Sinclair's chief political analyst, and Sinclair vp, corporate relations Mark Hyman as examples of content the company compels stations to run.
Oliver mentions these mandatory Sinclair-produced segments, noting Hyman's commentary as well as the daily "Terrorism News Desk", which features pieces that just sometimes generally concern Muslims.More news: Kevin Durant open to taking less than initially thought
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"Do Trump surrogates even know why they are lying, or are they driven by some vague instinct, like when a cat sits inside a box?"
In fact, last week many of their stations ran a "must run" that tried to spin a story that the FBI had a personal vendetta that led them to pursue their investigation into Michael Flynn. "A Pew study a year ago found that local news is trusted more than national news".
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In terms of cable holdings, Sinclair now owns Tennis Channel, while Tribune owns WGN America, Chicagoland Television and a portion of the Food Network and Cooking Channel.