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Republican-owned television network to air Anti-Kerry special before election

Forwarded from Mark Perkel's blog site
Republican owned television network to air Anti-Kerry special before election. This is why central ownership of the media is a bad idea.

THE NATION
Conservative TV Group to Air Anti-Kerry Film
Sinclair, with reach into many of the nation's homes, will preempt prime-time shows. Experts call the move highly unusual.

By Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group, whose television outlets reach nearly a quarter of the nation's homes with TV, is ordering its stations to preempt regular programming just days before the Nov. 2 election to air a film that attacks Sen. John F. Kerry's activism against the Vietnam War, network and station executives familiar with the plan said Friday.

Sinclair's programming plan, communicated to executives in recent days and coming in the thick of a close and intense presidential race, is highly unusual even in a political season that has been marked by media controversies.

Sinclair has told its stations -- many of them in political swing states such as Ohio and Florida -- to air "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal," sources said. The film, funded by Pennsylvania veterans and produced by a veteran and former Washington Times reporter, features former POWs accusing Kerry -- a decorated Navy veteran turned war protester -- of worsening their ordeal by prolonging the war. Sinclair will preempt regular prime-time programming from the networks to show the film, which may be classified as news programming, according to TV executives familiar with the plan.

Executives at Sinclair did not return calls seeking comment, but the Kerry campaign accused the company of pressuring its stations to influence the political process.
Yay! 09.Oct.2004 15:07

Not a Republican...

...just don't like Kerry.

anti-Kerry plan "communicated to the executives"? 01.Nov.2004 14:37

Trevor Y

"...communicated to executives..."???: who "communicated" this plan to the executives anyway? Last time I thought about it, the executives of a broadcasting corporation make the decisions and communicate those decisions to their employees; Here we seem to have 'somebody' communicating decisions to the executives, and those executives then seem to have suddenly passed it along to their employees....how strange. Good luck World on Nov. 2 (or however long this election takes...)!

republican stolen elections again 27.Dec.2004 21:14

democratnj

one more time money and conection in the right electoral and goverment offices in texas florida and ohio, allow the Bush family rob the elections.. here is the face of the future  http://www.oilempire.us/graphics/bushladen.jpg