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The FSA (Fascist States Of America) is formalized by Sinclair Broadcast Group

Time to say NO to this attempt to create a National State TV Station. The Airwaves belong to "WE the People", and it is time to resist the takeover of "our" airwaves. I suggest faxes, e-mails, and phone calls to the FCC and Sinclair Broadcast Group until they regret ever thinking of this bullshit idea:
Conservative TV Group to Air Anti-Kerry Film
By Elizabeth Jensen
The Los Angeles Times

Saturday 09 October 2004

Sinclair, with reach into many of the nation's homes, will preempt prime-time shows. Experts call the move highly unusual.
 http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004F.shtml

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Time to Pump up the Volume.
Time to say NO to this attempt to create a National State TV Station. The Airwaves belong to "WE the People", and it is time to resist the takeover of "our" airwaves. I suggest faxes, e-mails, and phone calls to the FCC and Sinclair Broadcast Group until they regret ever thinking of this bullshit idea:
Conservative TV Group to Air Anti-Kerry Film
By Elizabeth Jensen
The Los Angeles Times

Saturday 09 October 2004

Sinclair, with reach into many of the nation's homes, will preempt prime-time shows. Experts call the move highly unusual.
 http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101004F.shtml

Corporate Headquarters
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
10706 Beaver Dam Road
Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030
410-568-1500 (Main Telephone)
410-568-1533 (Main Fax)
 comments@sbgi.net

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
Phone: 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322)
TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322)
Fax: 1-866-418-0232
E-mail:  fccinfo@fcc.gov
 http://www.fcc.gov/

Conservative TV Group to Air Anti-Kerry Film
By Elizabeth Jensen
The Los Angeles Times

Saturday 09 October 2004

Sinclair, with reach into many of the nation's homes, will preempt prime-time shows. Experts call the move highly unusual.
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.

"It's not the American way for powerful corporations to strong-arm local broadcasters to air lies promoting a political agenda," said David Wade, a spokesman for the Democratic nominee's campaign. "It's beyond yellow journalism; it's a smear bankrolled by Republican money, and I don't think Americans will stand for it."

Sinclair stations are spread throughout the country, in major markets that include Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Las Vegas; its only California station is in Sacramento. Fourteen of the 62 stations the company either owns or programs are in the key political swing states of Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where the presidential election is being closely fought.

Station and network sources said they have been told the Sinclair stations - which include affiliates of Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, as well as WB and UPN - will be preempting regular programming for one hour between Oct. 21 and Oct. 24, depending on the city. The airing of "Stolen Honor" will be followed by a panel discussion, which Kerry will be asked to join, thus potentially satisfying fairness regulations, the sources said.

Kerry campaign officials said they had been unaware of Sinclair's plans to air the film, and said Kerry had not received an invitation to appear.

No one familiar with the plan was willing to criticize it publicly, some because they said they don't know all the details of what Sinclair plans for the panel that follows. But a number of people privately expressed outrage at the seemingly overt nature of the political attack, which comes during a tight election and at a time when the media are under assault as never before. Cable's Fox News Channel was attacked in the summer by a coalition of liberal groups for what they said were its efforts to boost Republicans; in recent weeks, CBS' Dan Rather has been criticized by conservatives, as well as some nonpartisan journalists, for a "60 Minutes" broadcast that used now-discredited documents in a report saying President Bush received favorable treatment when in the Texas Air National Guard in the 1970s.

Democrats have for some time accused Sinclair, a publicly traded company based in Maryland, of a having a right-wing agenda.

The company made headlines in April when it ordered seven of its stations not to air Ted Koppel's "Nightline" roll call of military dead in Iraq, deeming it a political statement "disguised as news content." Sen. John McCain, the Republican from Arizona who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, was among those who criticized Sinclair's decision not to air the "Nightline" program, which featured the names and pictures of more than 700 U.S. troops.

Even before the "Nightline" controversy, Sinclair drew criticism because of the combination of its highly centralized news operations, which often include conservative commentary, and its almost exclusively Republican political giving. In the 2004 political cycle, Sinclair executives have given nearly $68,000 in political contributions, 97% to Republicans, ranking it 12th among top radio and TV station group contributors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign finance watchdog group.

The upcoming "Stolen Honor" will probably bring fresh attention to Sinclair. "I can't think of a precedent of holding up programming to show a political documentary at a point where it would have the maximum effect on the vote," said Jay Rosen, chairman of New York University's journalism department. But the program will only be the latest in a string of politically charged media events in this campaign. Representatives of Michael Moore's anti-Bush "Fahrenheit 9/11," which has grossed $214 million worldwide, are in talks for a deal to make the film available on pay-per-view cable the night before the election. The Sundance Channel plans to air live clips Monday from the anti-Bush "Vote for Change" rock concert.

Cable, however, doesn't have the reach of broadcast stations like Sinclair's, nor is it subject to the same federal regulations. Still, although broadcast stations are required to provide equal time to major candidates in an election campaign, the Sinclair move may not run afoul of those provisions if Kerry or a representative is offered time to respond. Moreover, several sources said Sinclair had told them it planned to classify the program as news, where the rules don't apply.

Calling it news, however, poses its own problems, said Keith Woods, dean of the faculty at the Poynter Institute, a journalism school in St. Petersburg, Fla., that teaches professional ethics. "To air a documentary intended to provide a one-sided view of Kerry's record and call it news - it's like calling Michael Moore's movie news," he said, adding that the closer to an election that a controversial news report is aired, the "higher the bar has to go" in terms of fairness.

Clearly, Sinclair's reach will bring a much wider audience to the film. The 42-minute film has only been available on DVD or for $4.99 through an Internet download, although fans had been mounting an Internet campaign to get it wider exposure.

"Stolen Honor" was made by Carlton Sherwood, a Vietnam veteran and former reporter for the conservative Washington Times who is also the author of a book about the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. On the website for the film, he tells viewers, "Intended or not, Lt. Kerry painted a depraved portrait of Vietnam veterans, literally creating the images of those who served in combat as deranged drug-addicted psychopaths, baby killers" that endured for 30 years in the popular culture.

Sherwood did not return calls seeking comment.

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Defining the Radical Left 11.Oct.2004 19:29

John F. Mohring

"Fahrenheit 9/11" is just dandy..."Stolen Honor" isn't. Enough said...?

WWW.STOPSINCLAIR.ORG 11.Oct.2004 23:17

Amadeus

Here is a link to an online petition asking Sinclair Broadcasting to refrain from airing the biased documentary, Stolen Honor, about Senator John Kerry. This type of thing coming from the GOP backed group, Swiftboat Vermin For Bush, is not a surprise, as they launched a similar smear campaign against Senator John McCain, a member of their own party, in 2000. I have to say, regardless of how you feel about Senator Kerry or what party you are from, it is inappropriate, unfair and corrupt for Sinclair to air partisan propaganda in the last 10 days of an election campaign.

Tell Sinclair Broadcasting that taking suck a risk to smear a presidential candidate, whomever they may be, will come back to haunt them.

 http://www.stopsinclair.org/index.php

Link to a list of Sinclair Advertisers:

 http://www.boycottsbg.com/advertisers/Default.aspx

Does anyone know the satellite freq #'s? 12.Oct.2004 06:00

Anonymous

Maybe we could shut down the feed on those days? Or overload the servers for these asshole fucks! Anything to get their small little minds attention!

Sinclair Broadcast Group is un-American 12.Oct.2004 19:49

Ironman

The Sinclair Broadcast Group's plan to run (without its being paid for, as it must under law) the 40 minute attack ad on Kerry "Stolen Honor: Wounds that Never Heal" as a "news" broadcast which its 62 stations MUST broadcast sounds like a communist plan in the old Soviet Union. Are the owners of Sinclair TV defacto communists? As a veteran and lifelong patriot it sickens and gravely angers me to see something approaching communistic use of television in the United States of America. Obviously these guys know that by the time the courts tell them their activities are totally illegal (not to mention un-American) they will have already broadcast their attack ad disguised as "news". There really is no place in the United States of America for the kind of communistic behavior of people like the Sinclair Broadcast Group. These people should be ashamed of themselves for dishonoring our nation. Obviously, and this is a separate issue, these communistic morons don't even know that freedom of speech is a sacred American principle which was given to us by our founding fathers. Let me spell it out for them. If war heroes and other veterans of foreign wars like John Kerry don't have the right to return from fighting for our country and use their American right of freedom of speech then no one should have the right of freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is one of the American principles we are fighting for when we fight for the United States. Once more guys, listen real carefully... if veterans don't have the right of freedom of speech then no one should have the right. In other words... no more freedom of speech. Get it? People like the owners of Sinclair Broadcast Group, and the Bush administration for that matter, are treading closer and closer to sedition against the United States. The Sinclair Broadcast Group and Fox "news" are frankly inching closer and closer to defacto state run "news" organizations. The Bush administration has already made a monumental effort to suspend due process of law in this country. They have worked vigorously to suspend separation of church and state. They have worked tirelessly to corrupt our election process. They tread dangerously close to sedition and treason. Now their communistic minions and cohorts plan to violate Federal election law in order to broadcast vile propaganda as "news". What's next?

God bless America,
Ironman

Defining the Law. 12.Oct.2004 21:19

Ironman

There seems to be some confusion about the freedom of speech issue with some of you. Okay guys, listen up carefully 'cause this is just a little, tiny bit complicated. Showing a movie like Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" in movie theatres, where you have to pay to get in to see it is completely different than broadcasting propaganda specifically aimed at attacking a presidential candidate on public television stations as "news" without anyone paying for the broadcast time. Who knows? Maybe that's even why it's against Federal election law? It's sort of like this... I can take my rifle to a rifle range and fire it right? Or I can use my rifle for hunting right? But I can't shoot my rifle in the local shopping mall can I? Gee... but it's the same rifle so what's the problem? You see this is a country of laws. We're supposed to follow those laws. We're not supposed to bend them or break them. So you see, I hope, there really is no comparison between the venue in which "Fahrenheit 9/11" was made available to the public and the way Sinclair Broadcasting proposes to make "Stolen Honor: Wounds that Never Heal' available to the public. It's not really an issue of free speech at all. I wonder if there's a way I can make this even more simple? Hmm... okay, it's allowed to cry fire if the building you're in is really on fire; but it's illegal to cry fire, and watch the ensuing panic, if you know there ain't no fire. Why is that you may ask? In both instances you're yelling the same word! Well... it's because the circumstances are completely different. Well that's just how it is with the proposed Sinclair Broadcast Groups "news" piece and "Fahrenheit 9/11". The circumstances are just completely different. That's why we have laws folks. The laws speak to the circumstances. I hope this clears things up.

God bless America,
Ironman

sinclair has no stations in oregon, unfortunatly 13.Oct.2004 13:24

scarlett fever

unfortunatly, out of Sinclair's 20 FOX, 19 WB, 6 UPN, 8 ABC, 3 CBS, and 4 NBC affiliates, none of the stations are in oregon. too bad, i'm sure we all would have enjoyed a bit of direct action. The majority of Sinclair stations are housed in the east, as you can see from their map

 http://sbgweb2.sbgnet.com/business/television.shtml

hopefully activists in these areas are taking action.

Stolen Honor resources 19.Oct.2004 05:46

anon

Disinfopedia has these detailed articles about 'Stolen Honor' :

Article on Stolen Honor - Wounds That Never Heal

Sinclair Broadcast Group article

Carlton Sherwood page