Sinclair Journalists Worry They’re Being Watched

Some employees have spoken out about their frustration at having to parrot the conservative politics of their employer. But s say the company’s culture and behavior have made moncler outlet online uomo them particularly mindful of such policies.”There’s a lot held over us,” a journalist at a Sinclair affiliate told HuffPost on the condition of anonymity. “They pay attention to what websites we’re on.”The employee added Sinclair monitors its employees’ social moncler donna media accounts “with a magnifying glass.”On Tuesday, the TV News website FTLLive published an internal memo sent by the general manager of Sinclair affiliate KATU in moncler donna Portland, Oregon, urging his staff to not speak with the press.”I will also remind you that giving statements to the media or sharing negative information about the company can moncler saldi uomo have huge piumini moncler saldi implications,” Robert Truman, KATU’s general manager, wrote.s say their parent company often pays especially close attention to its affiliates’ editorial activities, meddling in how they present their stories and graphics, and sometimes going so far as to delete offensive comments on an affiliate’s online articles before that station’s own web editors have a chance to do so.Critics say the “fake news” statement, which aired on Sinclair affiliates last month and was brought to national attention by a video produced by the sports website Deadspin, is another example of a conservative agenda that the broadcast giant has pursued for over a decade. moncleroutlet-i Such efforts include promoting favorable coverage of Trump’s 2016 campaign and requiring affiliates to air conservative commentaries by Boris Epshteyn, a former Trump adviser.Employees at Sinclair affiliates tell HuffPost that the “fake news” script is in keeping with a culture fostered by their parent company that often makes them uneasy, forcing them to choose between their own journalistic standards and the ability to do their jobs and put food on their tables.”The new scripted ‘fake news’ segment caused a lot of anguish moncler saldi outlet where I work,” one Sinclair journalist told HuffPost. “If you choose not to air a must run, you choose moncler bambino outlet to flip off your parent company, outlet moncler in a sense, and risk losing resources.””Everyone, including the anchors and the producers and the news director, hates Boris,” the employee added, referring to Epshteyn’s segments. “Everything Sinclair gives us or forces upon us is met with uproar, but we have no choice.”Epshteyn did not return a request for comment.Another Sinclair affiliate employee, an on air reporter, moncler outlet serravalle told moncler saldi HuffPost he and his colleagues are concerned about the effect the segment is having on their reputations for impartiality.”I feel really bad for the anchors who are in the promos, because it paints them in a negative light and in a manner which is moncler outlet online shop not truly who they are,” the reporter said. “The ‘fake news’ phrase automatically associates us with Trump and his administration and in turn the beliefs of that political party. The irony in the promo is that the message does in fact have an agenda and is not ‘unbiased.'””I spoke with both anchors at our station about the promo and they hate it,” the same employee added. “We all do.”One anchor, who declined to comment, instead pointed HuffPost to a Facebook post by Norma Holland, anchor of “Good Day Rochester” the morning news program broadcast by WHAM 13, a Sinclair affiliate in Rochester, New York. In her post, Holland, who was one of the anchors who delivered the “fake news” script, described the dilemma posed to her and her colleagues.”The Sinclair message you saw me and my colleagues in has damaged the trust you place in us a trust that’s taken, me in particular, 22 years moncler uomo to build. That hurts,” Holland wrote.”I moncler outlet trebaseleghe could have chosen to quit, but who among us has an alternate career in their back pocket ready to go?” she continued. “I have a family to support. That’s not an excuse moncler outlet that’s reality.”On Tuesday, Bloomberg reportedthat s face stiff penalties piumini moncler scontatissimi for quitting or otherwise violating their contracts, including clauses that could cost them upward of 40 percent of their annual salary.”Honestly, piumini moncler most of the piumini moncler uomo Sinclair critics don’t seem to do their own original reporting,” Livingston said in the memo, first reported by CNN and obtained by HuffPost. “These reporters aren’t producing original journalism; they are aggregating often flawed reporting content published by other media outlets without fact checking it or calling us to confirm any of it.”Representatives for Sinclair declined to comment on the accusations of employee monitoring and instead directed HuffPost to a press release from Livingston released on Monday.”We aren’t sure of the motivation for the criticism, but piumini moncler outlet find it curious that we would be attacked for asking our news people to remind their audiences that unsubstantiated stories exist on social media, which result in an ill informed public with potentially dangerous consequences,” Livingston wrote.Trump on Monday alsoweighed in on the controversy surrounding Sinclair, tweeting, “So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups moncler bambino saldi of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased.”.

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