John Oliver

Sinclair Broadcast Group is finding out how harsh the national spotlight can be

Sinclair Broadcast Group is finding out how harsh the national spotlight can be

The Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group has been getting a lot of notice in recent months as it awaits government approval to take over Tribune Media. The acquisition will add 42 TV stations to the 173 Sinclair already owns, according to its website. That’s a lot of clout in a lot of living rooms for what is already the nation’s largest station group.

But much of the coverage in recent months about Sinclair’s brand of TV news has been negative, with analysts voicing concern over what they see as right-wing politics being injected into local newscasts on company stations.

Sinclair has “used its 173 television stations to advance a mostly right-leaning agenda since the...

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