Sinclair anchor rips company: ‘we don’t read anti media script’
Sinclair broadcast group’s two anchors at a station in Oregon refused to read required promotional messages warning against fake news in other media outlets.
He Register Guard reported that KVAL morning news co-anchors Lauren Lapka and Cameron Walker in Eugene chose not to read the promotional statements decrying “fake news” and “media bias” that Sinclair told its employees to record,
However according to the reports Other reporters at the station did record the message.
Lanka later told the news paper that she would be recording a promotional message but said she wasn’t comfortable with the script. She added that she doesn’t believe in “hurting other journalists.”
Lapka said “If we are talking about trusting journalists, my advice would be to get to know your local journalists as best as you can and make the decision for yourself,.
She said her supervisors never threatened her job after her decision not to read the statement.
Sinclair has been facing backlash over the past several days after a clip of local news anchors reading the same speech about media bias went viral. The promos have since gained national attention and scrutiny.
As a result a producer of a morning Show at a Sinclair owned station in Nebraska resigned in protest against the bias.
A Sinclair executive this week defended the promos, saying they were “focused on fact-based reporting” and showed the company’s “commitment to our communities.” President Trump also took to Twitter earlier this week to defend Sinclair.