Local TV producer quits because Sinclair forced ‘local news anchors to lie to their viewers’
“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.
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) March 31, 2018
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2018
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.”