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Saturday, October 09, 2004

Sinclair to Air Pre-Election Anti-Kerry Flick


The conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group, whose television outlets reach nearly a quarter of the nation's homes with TV, is ordering its stations to preempt regular programming just days before the Nov. 2 election to air a film that attacks Sen. John F. Kerry's activism against the Vietnam War, network and station executives familiar with the plan said Friday.

Sinclair's programming plan, communicated to executives in recent days and coming in the thick of a close and intense presidential race, is highly unusual even in a political season that has been marked by media controversies.

You may remember Sinclair from when it refused to air Nightline's reading of the names of war dead, rejecting the program as thinly veiled anti-war propaganda. Sinclair also airs a one-minute conservative commentary by Sinclair executive Mark Hyman each day on its 62 stations, usually during newscasts. According to Broadcasting & Cable, Sinclair is the largest television station group in the country.

(Cit.: Sinclair, Stolen Honor, Boycott Sinclair)