“This is almost forcing local news anchors to lie to their viewers,” former KHGI TV producer Justin Simmons explained.
“Making the local anchors do this was a big concern for me,” he said. “I didn’t go into news to give people biased information.”
Sinclair has been under fire after a Deadspin compilation of the forced statement went viral.
# p #5_12 # ad skipped = true #
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) March 31, 2018# p #6_12 # ad skipped = true #
President Donald Trump defended the company on Twitter.
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. Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.# p #8_12 # ad skipped = true #
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2018# p #9_12 # ad skipped = true #
Simmons isn’t the only Sinclair journalist resisting becoming propaganda. Madison, Wisconsin’s WMSN/FOX47 refused to air the ad. Seattle KOMO 4 anchor Mary Nam blasted Trump’s response to the controversy.
“Resigning seemed like the least I could do,” Simmons added. “I wish there was more.”