April 30, 2004

What If … ? [8:47 am]

What if media consolidation were greater? Would ABC’s Nightline even have tried this?

Some Stations to Block ‘Nightline’ War Tribute

Sinclair, which owns 62 television stations in 39 markets, also made news in September 2001, when it ordered news personnel at its Baltimore station to read patriotic statements supporting President Bush.

[...] Janet Weaver, dean of faculty at the Poynter Institute, an educational foundation for journalists, said she was surprised that anyone could find the mere reading of such a list a political act. “It is a piece of this reality,” she said. “It would seem to me you can read it as you read it, depending on your point of view. It’s really a Rorschach test.”

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