:: 4.30.2004 ::
Speaking of the adverse effect of media monopolies on public discourse...
Remember my post from Wednesday about tonight's "Nightline"? Well, you've probably heard about this already:
Maryland-based Sinclair, whose holdings include 62 TV stations, made $65,434 in 2004 political donations - 98 percent of that to Republicans and 2 percent to Democrats - according to the Web site opensecrets.org, which tracks contributions.
Again with the pot calling the kettle black. Imagine if Sinclair owned ABC, instead of only a portion of its affiliates - no one would have a chance to see what sounds to me like a very moving, multimedia memorial to 700 (or so) men and women who have sacrificed themselves on our behalf.
Sinclair announced Thursday it would pre-empt "Nightline" on its ABC affiliates, including stations in Columbus, Ohio, and St. Louis, Mo. It said the program "appears to be motivated by a political agenda designed to undermine the efforts of the United States in Iraq."
Here's what John McCain, a former POW, had to say about it: "There is no valid reason for Sinclair to shirk its responsibility in what I assume is a very misguided attempt to prevent your viewers from completely appreciating the extraordinary sacrifices made on their behalf by Americans serving in Iraq." Hear, hear.
:: Deb 4:49 PM :: permalink ::
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