[Media-watch] Bush-boosting Network Pushes Anti-Kerry Documentary
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Thu Oct 14 10:56:05 BST 2004
BUSH BOOSTING NETWORK PUSHES ANTI-KERRY DOCUMENTARY
Watchdog groups have found a new poster child for the evils of media deregulation with the news that a powerful broadcasting conglomerate will show a documentary excoriating Democratic candidate Senator John Kerry just days before the presidential vote.
The company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, has ordered its 62 stations to cancel regular programming to show the privately-funded, 42-minute film, 'Stolen Honour: Wounds that Never Heal', which features Vietnam veterans and former prisoners of war slamming Kerry for his 1971 testimony to Congress about atrocities committed by U.S. soldiers during the war.
The former soldiers say Kerry's words resulted in them facing harsher treatment from their captors.
Sinclair's management has taken unabashedly pro-administration stances in the past, banning its stations from airing a respected television news show in which the anchor read the names of U.S. war dead in Iraq, and ordering its employees -- including weather and sports commentators -- to read statements affirming their allegiance to President George W Bush shortly after the Sep. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The timing of 'Stolen Honour,' just days before the Nov. 2 vote, has also raised eyebrows. The Maryland-based company's television stations reach 24 percent of the U.S. public, including 14 in states where the two main candidates are running neck-in-neck.
Critics argue that as a leading advocate of looser media ownership rules, Sinclair has an especially keen interest in the outcome of the vote. The company is financially embattled, shedding nearly one-half its stock price this year, but market expansion plans that could give it a boost have been thwarted by current ownership caps.
Existing rules say one company cannot own two or more stations in the same market unless there is significant competition, and cannot own TV stations reaching more than 35 percent of all homes.
Earlier this summer, a federal appeals court overturned a series of controversial industry-backed rule changes by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) -- whose chairman Michael Powell is the son of Bush's secretary of state, Colin Powell -- that would have allowed a single company to own three TV stations, eight radio stations and the monopoly newspaper in a single market.
According to the Centre for Responsive Politics, Sinclair spent almost 67,000 dollars in this election cycle backing Republican candidates who support its deregulation agenda. http://www.newsnow.co.uk/cgi/NGoto/72887826?-573" target="_blank">[MORE...]
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