“As further time went on, we found [Millian] was connected to Michael Cohen, the president’s lawyer,” Simpson told the House committee. “Michael Cohen was very adamant that he didn’t actually have a connection to Sergi, even though he was one of only like 100 people who followed Sergi on Twitter. And they – we had Twitter messages back and forth between the two of them just – we just pulled them off of Twitter.” … [Read more...] about Fusion GPS testimony brings alleged dossier source Sergei Millian back into the spotlight
"Some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think," the anchors intoned to millions of viewers. Sinclair didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but in an internal memo, according to CNN, company executives defended the speeches by saying Sinclair's mission is to share information "to alert, protect and empower our audiences." … [Read more...] about The nation’s biggest conservative broadcaster is putting words in its anchors’ mouths. Critics blame the FCC.
The company is the largest owner of local television stations in the country, with 173 stations in 81 broadcast markets that stretch from coast to coast and just about everywhere in between, at a time when local news outpaces national news outlets both in overall viewership and trust. Some 85 percent of Americans trust local news outlets, higher than the 77 percent for family or friends, according to the Pew Research Center. … [Read more...] about What we know about the conservative media giant Sinclair
The broad meaning of "fake news" in the current media environment also clouds the issue. Fake news has been used to refer to deliberately false stories posted online, particularly during the 2016 presidential election. The term has also been used by Trump and other politicians to describe news stories they are unhappy with. … [Read more...] about Sinclair television stations release video attacking CNN
What's more, the study found that the national political reporting supplied by Sinclair to its stations "shifts significantly rightward," compared with rivals. Among the "must-run" stories Sinclair has ordered its stations to air are commentaries by Boris Epshteyn, a former Trump campaign surrogate and briefly a White House official. Sinclair Chairman David Smith told The New York Times in April that the practice is not unique to Sinclair and that "every local TV station" is required by its owners to run specific content. … [Read more...] about Broadcast mergers mean seeing the same old story on multiple channels