Americans in hundreds of cities and towns no longer have the choice to turn off Trump TV, as Trump’s propaganda message is being fed to them secretly through their own local broadcasting.
Most recently, Sinclair stations around the country are being forced to read a script that echoes Trump’s “fake news” mantra, and includes an eerily familiar slogan. The lengthy script concludes with the declaration that “We work very hard to seek the truth and strive to be fair, balanced, and factual.”
The phrase “fair and balanced” has become synonymous with Fox News, and with right-wing media more broadly, a dead giveaway that Sinclair’s message is about more than a benign pledge of accuracy.
Sinclair is every bit the propaganda outfit that Fox News is, if not more so. Prior to Trump’s inauguration, the company struck a deal with the campaign to provide more favorable coverage, and stands to greatly expand its footprint if Trump’s administration approves their deal to purchase The Tribune Company.
Sinclair has forced local stations to air commentaries by former Trump campaign staffer Boris Epshteyn, including a defense of Trump’s reaction to white supremacists following nationwide criticism of his remarks. Epshteyn’s response left out the fact the the criticism came from Trump’s praise of Nazis as “very fine people.”
Fox News has been around long enough that most people have caught on to their “fair and balanced” lie, but Sinclair is much more insidious about their propaganda. And if Trump has his way, millions more Americans will be exposed to their hidden messages.