President Donald Trump began his Tuesday Twitterstorm with an attack on the mainstream media for the attention given to Sinclair Broadcast Group.
“The Fake News Networks, those that knowingly have a sick and biased AGENDA, are worried about the competition and quality of Sinclair Broadcast,” Trump ranted. “The ‘Fakers’ at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!”
The Fake News Networks, those that knowingly have a sick and biased AGENDA, are worried about the competition and quality of Sinclair Broadcast. The “Fakers” at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
The conservative company has been under fire for forcing news anchors to read a statement for promotions that claims they’re fighting “fake news.” Sinclair retaliated against accusations of “propaganda” and “state run media.”
“There is a lot of noise out there about our company right now, and what is lacking in that analysis is something we constantly preach; context and perspective,” the company said in a memo. “The critics are now upset about our well-researched journalistic initiative focused on fair and objective reporting.”
“So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased,” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday. “Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.”
“Actually, this isn’t funny at all,” wrote Seattle anchor Mary Nam of KOMO, whose station is owned by Sinclair. “None of it. When media giants gobble up local news stations, there are repercussions. And since you brought it up first this morning, will your admin green light the Tribune buyout?”