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Sinclair backs off: won't show entire anti-Kerry crockumentary



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Broadcaster says only part of film critical of Kerry will be shown
By Alex Dominguez, Associated Press, 10/20/2004 08:13

BALTIMORE (AP) Threatened with a shareholder revolt, Sinclair Broadcast said it will not broadcast in its entirety a documentary critical of John Kerry's anti-war activities, but will instead incorporate parts of the 42-minute film into a news special.

Parts of the film ''Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal,'' will be shown during a program examining the use of documentaries to influence elections, Sinclair said Tuesday. The company said media reports that the entire film was be shown were ''inaccurate.''

The announcement came hours after shareholders challenged Sinclair's plans to air the film, saying the controversial broadcast may hurt their investment. Critics have also called for an advertiser boycott.

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., the owner of 62 television stations that reach a quarter of U.S. households, has been criticized for ordering the stations to pre-empt regular programming to air the show.

''A POW Story: Politics, Pressure and the Media,'' will examine the ''role of the media in filtering the information contained in these documentaries, allegations of media bias by media organizations that ignore or filter legitimate news and the attempts by candidates and other organizations to influence media coverage,'' the company said in a statement.

It will air Friday on 40 of the company's stations, including many in key swing states for the presidential election. A company spokesman had previously said the company planned to air some or all of the film.

Sinclair fired its Washington bureau chief Monday after he publicly criticized the company's plans.

''We have not ceded, and will not in the future cede, control of our news reporting to any outside organization or political group,'' said Joe DeFeo, Sinclair's vice president of news.

The Democratic National Committee filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, arguing that the broadcast should be considered an illegal in-kind contribution to the Bush campaign.

Sinclair said executives met recently with senior Kerry campaign officials but the campaign has declined to participate in the program.

Meanwhile, a lawyer said he planned to sue on behalf of shareholders, alleging insider trading by top executives as well as damage from the decision to air the film. Media Matters, a media advocacy group, announced it was underwriting the costs of a shareholder action demanding equal time for opposing views.

The company did not directly address the insider trading accusation, but CEO David Smith said executives ''have endured personal attacks of the vilest nature.''

Eighteen senators, all Democrats, wrote last week to the Federal Communications Commission to ask it to investigate Sinclair's plans. The agency declined to intervene.

New York Comptroller Alan Hevesi, also a Democrat, sent a letter expressing concern to Sinclair on behalf of the state's pension fund, which owns shares in the broadcasting company.

Sinclair stock has dropped to less than $7 a share, from a high of more than $15 a share in January.

Two groups offered programs Tuesday to Sinclair to air in response to its news special. California philanthropist Deborah Rappaport and her husband offered to pay for an hour of air time for the documentary ''Going Upriver,'' a positive portrayal of Kerry's service in Vietnam, before the Nov. 2 election day.

Mother Jones Magazine offered Sinclair a half-hour video of four prominent Republicans including John Dean and Pete Peterson condemning the Bush administration

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Old 10-20-2004, 10:20 AM   #2
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Good. Now those whiners that complained certain ABC affiliates were guilty of censorship regarding Nightline's presentation of the dead soldiers' names in Iraq can show their unbias and outrage here.
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Old 10-20-2004, 10:40 AM   #3
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Does it really amaze anyone that Terroristme would scream freedom of speach when MM's Farenheit movie comes out but then have the audacity to cheer on the suppression of this movie? No not really, that's because we all know TERRORISTME IS THE BIGGEST HYPOCRITE OF ALL TIME.
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Old 10-20-2004, 10:42 AM   #4
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Does it really amaze anyone that Terroristme would scream freedom of speach when MM's Farenheit movie comes out but then have the audacity to cheer on the suppression of this movie?
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No not really, that's because we all know TERRORISTME IS THE BIGGEST HYPOCRITE OF ALL TIME.
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Old 10-20-2004, 10:50 AM   #5
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Does it really amaze anyone that Terroristme would scream freedom of speach when MM's Farenheit movie comes out but then have the audacity to cheer on the suppression of this movie? No not really, that's because we all know TERRORISTME IS THE BIGGEST HYPOCRITE OF ALL TIME.

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Old 10-20-2004, 10:52 AM   #6
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Old 10-20-2004, 10:58 AM   #7
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I applaud Sinclair for fomenting the precise situation that exposes the hypocrisy of the likes of Mememe.

Now she applauds the use of shareholder and advertiser pressure to keep a program off the airwaves.

I wonder if she was saying the same things when CBS pulled 'The Reagans?'
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Old 10-20-2004, 10:58 AM   #8
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Good. Now those whiners that complained certain ABC affiliates were guilty of censorship regarding Nightline's presentation of the dead soldiers' names in Iraq can show their unbias and outrage here.
It was Sinclair's affiliates...and they made an executive order then like they did this time based on political motives.

From the looks of it their SHAREHOLDERS squawked and well you know how principles sometimes take a back seat to moolah. And, they made the 'offer' to allow Kerry to counter but they don't want to show pro-Kerry documentaries in his place. They have been the loser of their own game.
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Old 10-20-2004, 11:01 AM   #9
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I applaud Sinclair for fomenting the precise situation that exposes the hypocrisy of the likes of Mememe.

Now she applauds the use of shareholder and advertiser pressure to keep a program off the airwaves.

I wonder if she was saying the same things when CBS pulled 'The Reagans?'
Ah, are you NOW flip/flopping on CBS' vitrue ?
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Old 10-20-2004, 11:02 AM   #10
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They have been the loser of their own game.
This is how the ultimate HYPOcrite justifies her position. She simply calls it their game now. Have another bon bon you freakin ditz.
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It was Sinclair's affiliates...and they made an executive order then like they did this time based on political motives.

From the looks of it their SHAREHOLDERS squawked and well you know how principles sometimes take a back seat to moolah. And, they made the 'offer' to allow Kerry to counter but they don't want to show pro-Kerry documentaries in his place. They have been the loser of their own game.
translation - Rationalization helps me equivocate the discrepancies.
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Ah, are you NOW flip/flopping on CBS' vitrue ?
Didn't give a **** then, don't give a **** now. Understand and accept that the networks are corporations in business to make a profit. Understand and accept that shareholder, consumer and advertiser pressure on the networks is not a violation of the first amendment, but rather an exercise of it.
You're the one whose view of the issue depends on whose ox is being gored.
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Old 10-20-2004, 11:09 AM   #13
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Didn't give a **** then, don't give a **** now. Understand and accept that the networks are corporations in business to make a profit. Understand and accept that shareholder, consumer and advertiser pressure on the networks is not a violation of the first amendment, but rather an exercise of it.
You're the one whose view of the issue depends on whose ox is being gored.
The same old tired ass "change the subject" when I get caught response from terroristme.
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translation - Rationalization helps me equivocate the discrepancies.
Actually, their playing politics has come back to bite them. If they HAD shown the Nightline program then they'd be able to say they were not being partisan and their efforts at showing this Kerry program would not have illicited the type of response it got.

They could have pointed to the NL program and said 'we aired something that could be construed critical of the Bush Administration' and thus in interest of 'fairness' we now air something critical of Mr. Kerry...'

and no one could have balked. They would have, for sure. But Sinclair could have stood their ground on priciple because they could pretend they were playing fair and giving equal time to both sides.

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Actually, their playing politics has come back to bite them. If they HAD shown the Nightline program then they'd be able to say they were not being partisan and their efforts at showing this Kerry program would not have illicited the type of response it got.

They could have pointed to the NL program and said 'we aired something that could be construed critical of the Bush Administration' and thus in interest of 'fairness' we now air something critical of Mr. Kerry...'

and no one could have balked. They would have, for sure. But Sinclair could have stood their ground on priciple because they could pretend they were playing fair and giving equal time to both sides.

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