At least one Sinclair station refused to air the Trumpian propaganda spot featuring news anchors pledging to fight “fake news.”
Madison, Wisconsin’s WMSN/FOX47 tweeted that it refused to air the ad, which decried “the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country.”
The rightwing news company had ordered that the ad be re-recorded by trusted local anchors in each market.
Trump was a big fan of the ad, tweeting that “Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.”
In response to the Sinclair message aired: “WMSN/FOX47 Madison did not air the Sinclair promotional announcement during our 9pm news this weekend. Rather, we stayed true to our commitment to provide our Madison area viewers local news, weather and sports of interest to them.” pic.twitter.com/MdQ568cWrH# p #6_15 # ad skipped = true #
— FOX 47 Madison (@fox47madison) April 2, 2018# p #7_15 # ad skipped = true #
Viewers were thrilled with the Madison station’s action, tweeting support.
Thank you for honoring your commitment to your viewers! There’s no doubt that you’ll get grief from the owners but you honored the basic fundamentals of our democracy. Those that aired it are no different than North Korean or Russian Propaganda TV.# p #10_15 # ad skipped = true #
— EM (@savedemocracy18) April 2, 2018# p #11_15 # ad skipped = true #
# p #13_15 # ad skipped = true #
— A Serious Monkey (@VitruvianMonkey) April 2, 2018# p #14_15 # ad skipped = true #