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Democrats have also chided FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Trump-appointed Republican, for supporting TV ownership rule changes that would make it easier for the merger to pass regulatory scrutiny.

The company's map of stations shows its presence is almost every part of the country except for northern and central states like Wyoming, North Dakota and Minnesota. In the message, the anchors say they "work very hard to seek the truth and strive to be fair, balanced and factual".

Labor lawyers tell HuffPost such language is common in workplace handbooks and contracts. It may not be the open act of cathartic defiance that we all want, but they're chipping away at Sinclair's influence, little by little.

But critics of the media powerhouse call Livingston's defense bull and accuse Sinclair of perpetuating a pro-Trump bias. CNN's Brian Stelter in early March reported that such a promotion, described internally as an "anchor delivered journalistic responsibility message", was in the pipelines.

"I will also remind you that giving statements to the media or sharing negative information about the company can have huge implications", Robert Truman, KATU's general manager, wrote. The disturbing video displays the vast power that Sinclair has over controlling the narrative of almost 200 local news stations that they have ownership of.

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Fox 47 isn't the only station to be hesitant to run these kinds of canned, propaganda-like segments: on Monday, Fletcher Fischer, business manager and financial secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1228, spoke to The Providence Journal and said that the anchors and journalists at stations like local NBC-affiliate WJAR were unhappy with the mandatory scripts, but were afraid to speak out.

These segments, including the anti-fake news promo, are supposed to run frequently during news time, according to CNN. "Everything Sinclair gives us or forces upon us is met with uproar, but we have no choice".

Sinclair did not return requests for comment.

What unites these stations in markets as widely varied as Montana and SC is not the same ideological beliefs but corporate owner Sinclair Broadcasting, which forces its beliefs on the stations. Some told the outlet they believe the promos are "inappropriate", and one felt "uncomfortable" recording them. "The irony in the promo is that the message does in fact have an agenda and is not 'unbiased'". The Seattle Post-Intelligencertranscribed this version from a broadcast in its local market. Let us know your thoughts, while you still have them.

"I could have chosen to quit, but who among us has an alternate career in their back pocket ready to go?" she continued.

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During the 2016 presidential campaign, its stations in key swing states landed numerous exclusive interviews with Trump and his surrogates, and the company produced a number of news reports that were favorable to Trump or were critical of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

(B) More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories. stories that just aren't true, without checking facts first.

But Sinclair got a vote of confidence Monday in a tweet from Trump.

In the wake of the controversy surrounding Sinclair Broadcasting for forcing their local news anchors to read from a script about "biased and false news", which is basically repeating talking (err, screaming) points from President Trump, many are questioning why the these journalists don't just quit.

On Monday, 15 minutes before he was scheduled to host a breakfast reception for the White House Easter Egg Roll, President Donald Trump took a break from his central morning activities - needling China into a trade war and posturing for his anti-immigrant supporters - to defend Sinclair on Twitter.

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