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Who Owns the Microphone?

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Honestly, what is wrong with the Sinclair Broadcast Group televising a primetime anti-Kerry screed? They own the microphone, and can do what they want with it. No one said they have to be objective, fair or balanced.

This being said, it does not mean, however, that both viewers or advertisers have to like what Sinclair Broadcast Group is doing. They can show their displeasure in a multitude of ways. Viewers can call or write to Sinclair Broadcast Group directly, or through one of its station. Advertisers can pull their business. Lastly, do not under estimate the power of the remote control. The on/off button is there for a reason.

In the end, it will be a referendum on Sinclair Broadcast Group’s reputation.

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  • Eric Olsen

    thanks Niraj, I think the open invite to Kerry to rebut is what indemnifies them on this – it’s the courts that have actaully left the fairness doctrine very up up in the air and givne the FCC the daylight to pretty much ignore it.

    For those adamantly against Sinclair on this, Jim Amos sent me a link to StopSinclair.org

  • http://www.jackejett.com jack e. jett

    they will be following up this film with JESUS LOVES BUSH AND HATES KERRY.

    it is really cute.

    the sinclair whores can do what they want…jesus is on their side. they also have the gatlin brothers on their side and two black men.

    jack e. jett

  • http://www.stolenairtime.com Mara

    If you’d like to do more to help stop Sinclair, go to this website and send a letter to their advertisers!

    http://www.stolenairtime.com

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    It’s only since the Republicans took over that your statement is true:

    They own the microphone, and can do what they want with it. No one said they have to be objective, fair or balanced.

    Before that, the airwaves were considered a public resource and operated under the Fairness Doctirne, in which opposing views had to be given equal time so the public did get “fair and balanced” news. Reagan and his minions removed that.

    Now, it seems, corporatism is to be the order of the day.

    I liked the old way better.

  • andy marsh

    According to Michael Powell, that is one of the reasons that the FCC decided not to intervene. He compares the Stolen Honor report to be similar to the Rather report on Bush. Giving fair and equal time to both candidates. I guess Sinclair can always come back after the story and say,

    “I think the public, even decent people who may be well-disposed toward Senator kerry, understand that powerful and extremely well-financed forces are concentrating on questions about the video because they can’t deny the fundamental truth of the story,”

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    Michael Powell is a right-wing pimp for big business.

    Sinclair stock dropped more than 10% and pressure from shareholders has them backing down a bit.

    The story will now be handled by the news division and will be a documentary that will “include clips” from film. Since the film is only 40 minutes long, it seems they found a work-around.

  • andy marsh

    It always come back to name calling

  • andy marsh

    You’re a trip Hal… I just noticed on the right side of the message board here a comment by you…name calling is not a defense…and how did you’re last comment here start???

    Michael Powell is a right wing pimp…I guess it just depends on whether or not you agree with the opinion or the person…it’s ok to call people on the right names…but not your left leaning heros???

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    I didn’t call you any names, and Michael Powell is a right-wing pimp for big business.

    You really need to do need to do some research on the issues.

    And to show my consistency, I would have no problem with your calling Democratic Senator Baucus a toady to Republicans (because he is), Democratic Senator Daschle a pimp for ethanol interests (because he is), etc.

    Truth is truth.

  • andy marsh

    I’ll keep that in mind…and I never said you called me any names…Where would you put Zell Miller? Just out of curiousity

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    Where would I put Zell Miller?

    Probably Atascadero (you’re a Californian, right?).

    Did you see ZM ranting and raving at Chris Matthews, wishing he could challenge Matthews to a duel (presumably so he, Zell, could kill him, Chris).

  • andy marsh

    no actually…I’m from the northeast…now living in the mid-atlantic…but I have an atlas.

    I miss most of the Sunday morning news shows and not because I’m in church.

    Because I’m on the golf course!

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    Atascadero has a state mental institution.

  • andy marsh

    Nice one Hal…Maybe Zell could room with Mr. Dean???

  • bob2112

    Howard or John?

  • andy marsh

    good one Bob….I actually kinda expected it after I sent it…how about both!

  • bob2112

    Howard was talling about needing the truck driving confederate flag wavers to win the presidency. In that case, you’re right! How about both.