Sinclair Strikes Back With Attack Ad Slamming CNN’s ‘Hypocrisy’ (Video)

Sinclair Broadcasting is striking back at critics saying they are lackeys of President Trump’s by launching an attack against CNN.

On Tuesday, public relations company 5WPR began circulating video attacking CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter.

“The following is evidence of a major media company’s dishonesty and hypocrisy,” blares a promo in bold black letters. The heart of the spot is basically that it was hypocritical of Stelter to criticize Sinclair for asking its on-air talent to read messages attacking “fake news” when in fact he has done the very same thing on CNN in the past.

Also Read: Sinclair Withdraws Donation to Journalism Group After Critical Comments

“Does CNN really think a warning about ‘fake news’ is Trump’s rhetoric,” the promo continued. “In 2016 and 2017, Brian Stelter and his CNN colleagues were publicly warning CNN’s viewers about “fake news.”

The ad proceeded to play the footage which was supposed to incriminate him. Stelter responded to the hit in his daily newsletter late Tuesday evening.

“I’ll leave it to others to address the substance of Sinclair’s complaint. I’m not trying to argue with anyone, I’m trying to report,” he said. “But here’s the important point: There’s a big difference between my coverage and Sinclair’s mandatory promos. No one tells me what to say. But these anchors were told exactly what to say.”

Also Read: CNN’s Brian Stelter: Trump Made Parkland Students’ Grief ‘About Himself’ (Video)

Sinclair continues to face an ongoing public relations nightmare after Deadspin revealed that the company was forcing local on-air talent at the nearly 200 stations they own to read scripted anti-media talking points.

How America’s largest local TV owner turned its news anchors into soldiers in Trump’s war on the media: https://t.co/iLVtKRQycL pic.twitter.com/dMdSGellH3

— Deadspin (@Deadspin) March 31, 2018

“We’re concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country. The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media,” the anchors read in unison.

“More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories… stories that just aren’t true, without checking facts first. Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think’…This is extremely dangerous to a democracy.”

Matters were not helped Wednesday when Sinclair chief David D. Smith revealed to The Guardian that he had met with Trump several times and on one occasion told the president that his company was ready to “deliver your message.”

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Sinclair Broadcasting is striking back at critics saying they are lackeys of President Trump’s by launching an attack against CNN.

On Tuesday, public relations company 5WPR began circulating video attacking CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter.

“The following is evidence of a major media company’s dishonesty and hypocrisy,” blares a promo in bold black letters. The heart of the spot is basically that it was hypocritical of Stelter to criticize Sinclair for asking its on-air talent to read messages attacking “fake news” when in fact he has done the very same thing on CNN in the past.

“Does CNN really think a warning about ‘fake news’ is Trump’s rhetoric,” the promo continued. “In 2016 and 2017, Brian Stelter and his CNN colleagues were publicly warning CNN’s viewers about “fake news.”

The ad proceeded to play the footage which was supposed to incriminate him. Stelter responded to the hit in his daily newsletter late Tuesday evening.

“I’ll leave it to others to address the substance of Sinclair’s complaint. I’m not trying to argue with anyone, I’m trying to report,” he said. “But here’s the important point: There’s a big difference between my coverage and Sinclair’s mandatory promos. No one tells me what to say. But these anchors were told exactly what to say.”

Sinclair continues to face an ongoing public relations nightmare after Deadspin revealed that the company was forcing local on-air talent at the nearly 200 stations they own to read scripted anti-media talking points.

“We’re concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country. The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media,” the anchors read in unison.

“More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories… stories that just aren’t true, without checking facts first. Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think’…This is extremely dangerous to a democracy.”

Matters were not helped Wednesday when Sinclair chief David D. Smith revealed to The Guardian that he had met with Trump several times and on one occasion told the president that his company was ready to “deliver your message.”

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Sinclair Broadcasting Slaps CNN Attack Video On Its Stations’ Websites

Sinclair Broadcast Group, continuing to conscript its local TV stations as soldiers in Donald Trump’s war on media, has slapped a video attacking CNN at the top of those stations’ websites (watch it below).
Sinclair, which has been in talks to enter a $4 billion merger with Tribune Media, recently compelled anchors of its stations to read a promo attacking “fake news.”
More than a year ago on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver had blasted the right-leaning TV station group…

Sinclair Broadcast Group, continuing to conscript its local TV stations as soldiers in Donald Trump’s war on media, has slapped a video attacking CNN at the top of those stations’ websites (watch it below). Sinclair, which has been in talks to enter a $4 billion merger with Tribune Media, recently compelled anchors of its stations to read a promo attacking “fake news.” More than a year ago on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver had blasted the right-leaning TV station group…

CNN’s Brian Stelter Blasts Pirro-President Chat As “Fantasyland”, Glenn Beck Calls Tapper’s Town Hall “Grotesque”

After busting Donald Trump last night for live-tweeting — and badly screwing up — a Fox News report on Rep. Adam Schiff, CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter panned the president’s phoned-in interview with Jeanine Pirro as just so much more “fantasyland.”
Stelter was the first to notice yesterday that Trump’s 7:56 pm ET tweet was an egregious misunderstanding of what Fox News’ Milly Line actually said: “‘Congressman Schiff omitted and distorted key facts’ @FoxNews…

After busting Donald Trump last night for live-tweeting — and badly screwing up — a Fox News report on Rep. Adam Schiff, CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter panned the president’s phoned-in interview with Jeanine Pirro as just so much more “fantasyland.” Stelter was the first to notice yesterday that Trump’s 7:56 pm ET tweet was an egregious misunderstanding of what Fox News’ Milly Line actually said: “‘Congressman Schiff omitted and distorted key facts’ @FoxNews…

Justin Bieber to Amy Schumer: Stars Throw Their Support Behind #MarchForOurLives

The strong, determined and loud voices of the teenagers who survived Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are leading the charge to the streets of Washington D.C. and across the country to end gun violence and mass shootings in schools… and Hollywood celebs are lining up in support.

“On March 24, students are leading marches in DC & across the country to demand that lawmakers do their jobs and take action to prevent gun violence. Get involved,” Amy Schumer tweeted end with the hashtag, #MarchForOurLives.

Schumer is just one of many Hollywood heavy-weights joining the rallying cry for a change in gun laws to, hopefully, prevent another mass slaying like the one that took 17 lives in Parkland.

Also Read: Parkland Shooting Survivor Emma Gonzalez Calls Out Trump on Gun Control (Video)

“Not one more,” the March for Our Lives mission statement reads. “We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.”

The movement was created by, inspired by and led by students taking who believe that now is the time to talk about guns.

“We need to pay attention to the fact that this isn’t just a mental health issue,” Emma Gonzalez, a senior at the school told the crowd at an anti-gun rally Saturday. “[The shooter] wouldn’t have been able to kill that many people with a knife.”

Also Read: CNN’s Brian Stelter: Trump Made Parkland Students’ Grief ‘About Himself’ (Video)

Here are a handful of celebrities who are supporting the cause:

Cameron good talking to you last night. All of your bravery is amazing. I stand with you guys. #march24 #marchforourlives https://t.co/oKG8MmhzaI

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) February 18, 2018

On March 24, students are leading marches in DC & across the country to demand that lawmakers do their jobs and take action to prevent gun violence. Get involved: https://t.co/s57UYt3xRO#MarchForOurLives @Everytown

— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) February 18, 2018

We are all sickened by what happened in FL last week, but we cannot ignore these tragedies any longer. I am so inspired to see the students of Parkland & kids all over this country standing up to the status quo. On March 24, we march. Join us. #MarchForOurLives @MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/2v3yABKYn3

— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 18, 2018

On March 24th, we march. Get off ur ass and join us. #GunReformNow #MarchForOurLives https://t.co/Cvfzc47VkM

— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 18, 2018

March 24 -Students are leading march on Washington and across the country to demand lawmakers do their jobs and take action to prevent gun violence. #MarchForOurLives @Everytown

— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) February 18, 2018

This is an exciting and important moment. On March 24, students are leading marches in DC & across the country to demand that lawmakers do their jobs and take action to prevent gun violence. Get involved: https://t.co/u4MKGLpoZR #MarchForOurLives @Everytown

— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) February 18, 2018

Join me on March 24 as we march for our lives. #MarchForOurLives https://t.co/7RmueDo5gu

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 18, 2018

Fun fact #1: 4 million kids turn 18 before the 2018 election.
Fun fact #2: 17yo’s can register to vote if they will be 18 on or before Election Day.

REGISTER HERE: https://t.co/6kjtGRHRJr#SundayMorning#MarchForOurLives

— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) February 18, 2018

I haven’t been a student in +20 yrs. I’ll be one of the old people at #MarchForOurLives. But I plan to be in DC on 3/24, supporting these students. I will march for all the young people I love. They have a right to go to school without fear of being shot. https://t.co/fTJDmKd1pS

— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) February 18, 2018

In addition, Adam Scott, Andy Richter, Jim Gaffigan, Laura Dern, Rosie O’Donnell, Steven Levitan, Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone, Don Cheadle and Daphne Zuniga retweeted the call to action.

 

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The strong, determined and loud voices of the teenagers who survived Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are leading the charge to the streets of Washington D.C. and across the country to end gun violence and mass shootings in schools… and Hollywood celebs are lining up in support.

“On March 24, students are leading marches in DC & across the country to demand that lawmakers do their jobs and take action to prevent gun violence. Get involved,” Amy Schumer tweeted end with the hashtag, #MarchForOurLives.

Schumer is just one of many Hollywood heavy-weights joining the rallying cry for a change in gun laws to, hopefully, prevent another mass slaying like the one that took 17 lives in Parkland.

“Not one more,” the March for Our Lives mission statement reads. “We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.”

The movement was created by, inspired by and led by students taking who believe that now is the time to talk about guns.

“We need to pay attention to the fact that this isn’t just a mental health issue,” Emma Gonzalez, a senior at the school told the crowd at an anti-gun rally Saturday. “[The shooter] wouldn’t have been able to kill that many people with a knife.”

Here are a handful of celebrities who are supporting the cause:

In addition, Adam Scott, Andy Richter, Jim Gaffigan, Laura Dern, Rosie O’Donnell, Steven Levitan, Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone, Don Cheadle and Daphne Zuniga retweeted the call to action.

 

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CNN’s Brian Stelter: Trump Made Parkland Students’ Grief ‘About Himself’ (Video)

CNN’s Brian Stelter blasted President Donald Trump for his tweetstorm late Saturday night in which he suggested the FBI was too preoccupied with the Russia probe to prevent the Parkland school shooting.

“While these grieving students in Parkland, Florida, are asking politicians to protect them, announcing a march on Washington, the President of the United States is making it about himself,” Stelter said on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources.”

Stelter was referencing the POTUS’ stream of tweets that began late Saturday night, one of which said, “[FBI agents] are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion.”

To that, Stelter said, “Let’s be clear – the president is insulting your intelligence.”

Also Read: Parkland Shooting Survivor Emma Gonzalez Calls Out Trump on Gun Control (Video)

He went on to point out the FBI employs 35,000 people, of which only a small percentage are working on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and have nothing to do with the investigation of tips like the one that was missed before the Parkland shooting.

But why did Trump think there were Russia-obsessed FBI agents who didn’t have time to protect the public, Stelter wondered? He cued a string of clips that aired on Fox News, including one of its contributors Geraldo Rivera, to answer that question.

“I want you to see what’s going on behind-the-scenes,” Stelter said, focusing on Rivera, who first mentioned the FBI Saturday morning and then, according to the Washington Post, had dinner with Trump at Mar-a-lago Saturday evening.

Also Read: Hollywood Stars Call for Gun Control After School Shooting in Parkland, Florida

“Now, when did Trump tweet that nonsensical claim? 11 p.m. Saturday,” Stelter said. “You tell me if there’s a connection there.”

You can watch Stelter’s entire commentary above.

Meanwhile, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have also begun to comment on the president’s tweets, and concur with Stelter’s assessment that Trump made the shooting “about himself.”

Oh my god. 17 OF MY CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS ARE GONE AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO MAKE THIS ABOUT RUSSIA???!! HAVE A DAMN HEART. You can keep all of your fake and meaningless “thoughts and prayers”. https://t.co/al9DWBM2AW

— Morgan Williams (@morganw_44) February 18, 2018

…my friends were brutally murdered and you have the nerve to make this about Russia. I can not believe this https://t.co/JoEasIsu3V

— kyra (@longlivekcx) February 18, 2018

17 of my classmates are gone. That’s 17 futures, 17 children, and 17 friends stolen. But you’re right, it always has to be about you. How silly of me to forget. #neveragain https://t.co/i6Hldlo0Aq

— Aly Sheehy (@Aly_Sheehy) February 18, 2018

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CNN’s Brian Stelter blasted President Donald Trump for his tweetstorm late Saturday night in which he suggested the FBI was too preoccupied with the Russia probe to prevent the Parkland school shooting.

“While these grieving students in Parkland, Florida, are asking politicians to protect them, announcing a march on Washington, the President of the United States is making it about himself,” Stelter said on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources.”

Stelter was referencing the POTUS’ stream of tweets that began late Saturday night, one of which said, “[FBI agents] are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion.”

To that, Stelter said, “Let’s be clear – the president is insulting your intelligence.”

He went on to point out the FBI employs 35,000 people, of which only a small percentage are working on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and have nothing to do with the investigation of tips like the one that was missed before the Parkland shooting.

But why did Trump think there were Russia-obsessed FBI agents who didn’t have time to protect the public, Stelter wondered? He cued a string of clips that aired on Fox News, including one of its contributors Geraldo Rivera, to answer that question.

“I want you to see what’s going on behind-the-scenes,” Stelter said, focusing on Rivera, who first mentioned the FBI Saturday morning and then, according to the Washington Post, had dinner with Trump at Mar-a-lago Saturday evening.

“Now, when did Trump tweet that nonsensical claim? 11 p.m. Saturday,” Stelter said. “You tell me if there’s a connection there.”

You can watch Stelter’s entire commentary above.

Meanwhile, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have also begun to comment on the president’s tweets, and concur with Stelter’s assessment that Trump made the shooting “about himself.”

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White House Correspondent April Ryan Tells CNN News Organizations Have Police “On Speed Dial” For Death Threats

UPDATE, with video April Ryan, the White House correspondent who asked President Donald Trump if he is a racist, told CNN today that news organizations in the age of Trump have “the FBI and local police on speed dial” for death threats against reporters.
“Death threats, yes,” Ryan told a seemingly surprised Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources. “For asking questions and reporting. Me personally.”
Asked by Stelter what reporters do when threatened, Ryan said…

UPDATE, with video April Ryan, the White House correspondent who asked President Donald Trump if he is a racist, told CNN today that news organizations in the age of Trump have “the FBI and local police on speed dial” for death threats against reporters. “Death threats, yes,” Ryan told a seemingly surprised Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources. “For asking questions and reporting. Me personally.” Asked by Stelter what reporters do when threatened, Ryan said…

Ex-Fox News Analyst Tamara Holder Blasts Rupert Murdoch As “Liar Or Delusional”, Says “Lives Destroyed”

Tamara Holder, the former Fox News contributor who received a financial settlement with the company after disclosing sexual misconduct, broke her silence today and said that Rupert Murdoch is “a liar or he’s delusional and old and needs to get out.”
Holder’s comments, made during a blistering appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter, came in response to statements made by Murdoch earlier this week. The executive chairman of 21st Century Fox dismissed sexual…

Tamara Holder, the former Fox News contributor who received a financial settlement with the company after disclosing sexual misconduct, broke her silence today and said that Rupert Murdoch is “a liar or he's delusional and old and needs to get out.” Holder’s comments, made during a blistering appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter, came in response to statements made by Murdoch earlier this week. The executive chairman of 21st Century Fox dismissed sexual…