Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: Sinclair Exec Lashing Out at Competitors Hurts Their Cause

On Fox News’ MediaBuzz today, Howard Kurtz and his guests tackled the recent national debate over Sinclair.

Washington Examiner writer Emily Jashinsky said people have “fair concerns about Sinclair,” but the actual content of the much-buzzed-about promo where anchors decry fake news can’t be disputed.

“To call it Orwellian and extremely dangerous and propaganda,” she continued, “I thought was an overreaction.”

Bill Press said he finds this whole thing troubling because anchors are supposed to be trusted as “the purveyors of local news.”

Jashinsky argued again the content itself of the message wasn’t “overtly political,” though Press noted it wasn’t branded as an editorial piece.

He called Sinclair a “stealth broadcaster” because the stations they own are different from Fox News and MSNBC, where viewers know what they’re getting.

Recently, Sinclair executive chairman David Smith lashed out at competing news outlets, saying, “The print media is so left wing as to be meaningless dribble which accounts for why the industry is and will fade away.”

Kurtz read Smith’s comments and said, “Sinclair’s trying to make the argument that it’s balanced and others aren’t. That seemed to me to hurt the cause.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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