What Fresh Hell Is This?

October 9, 2004

The Empire (maybe) Strikes Back

The LA Times is reporting that:
The conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group...is ordering its stations to preempt regular programming just days before the Nov. 2 election to air a film that attacks Sen. John F. Kerry's activism against the Vietnam War....
The LA Times goes on to say that:
Sinclair has told its stations — many of them in political swing states such as Ohio and Florida — to air "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal," sources said. The film, funded by Pennsylvania veterans and produced by a veteran and former Washington Times reporter, features former POWs accusing Kerry — a decorated Navy veteran turned war protester — of worsening their ordeal by prolonging the war. Sinclair will preempt regular prime-time programming from the networks to show the film, which may be classified as news programming, according to TV executives familiar with the plan.
You might ask yourself, what does this have to do with Pittsburgh? Well take a looksee at this. Turns out that there are TWO Television stations in Pittsburgh that are Sinclair Stations:

Sinclair lists its local "contact information" as:

750 Ivory Avenue


Way back in April, when ABC's Nightline broadcast a program that contained the (then) complete list of the American Service men and women who have died in Iraq, Sinclair ordered seven of its stations not to air the program, deeming it, according to the LA Times again, a political statement disguised as news.

But now, they're putting an obvious Anti-Kerry program on just days before the election.

I will be e-mailing both stations and I will post here whatever comments/plans they have regarding this.

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