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Sinclair Responds to Criticisms of ‘Fake News’ Commentaries: ‘Misleading’ and ‘Defamatory’

Sinclair Broadcasting Group is defending itself in light of the news that they order local news networks to peddle scripted pro-Trump propaganda to their audiences.

The media company has been under enormous pressure recently after a video from Deadspin showed local anchors sharing the same anti-media talking points all over the country. The news has been condemned by Sinclair-affiliated reporters along with many other media figures, but CNN obtained a memo from Sinclair senior vice president Scott Livingston, who defended the initiative as a “corporate news journalistic responsibility promotional campaign.”

Livingston’s memo praises the expansion of their news operations while slamming the “misleading, often defamatory stories” about the company over the last few days. Livingston also insisted that his campaign was just trying to warn against unsubstantiated stories that can rapidly spread throughout the internet, sometimes with serious repercussions.

“We are focused on fact-based reporting. That’s our commitment to our communities,” the memo states. “We hold ourselves to the highest standards of accuracy and fact checking.”

Livingston also swung at media critics by saying that they never do any original reporting of their own on the company:

“Do you ever notice that a story written about Sinclair from a west coast publication will include a lot of the same talking points—often the same wording— as a story written a week earlier on the east coast? These reporters aren’t producing original journalism; they are aggregating often-flawed-reporting-content published by other media outlets, without fact checking it—or calling us to confirm any of it. By contrast, we have hundreds and hundreds of journalists in Sinclair, who go into the field each day, conduct their own original interviews –face-to-face—and create truly original content for our their local audiences.”

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