WRGB CBS 6: Identify All Sponsored or Scripted Content During Newscasts
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DEMAND JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY!
Since WRGB first received its commercial television license more than 75 years ago, residents of the Capital District and beyond have long regarded the local news station as a source of fair and balanced information. But that perception has changed now that the station’s Maryland-based owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group, dictates on-air scripts for local newscasters.
In place of traditional local news segments, Sinclair now mandates airtime for national “must read” segments such as political editorials, commentaries, and corporate-ordered scripts, and recently required local newscasters at its stations to read a scripted segment as if it were their own. (See video at https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/02/598794433/video-reveals-power-of-sinclair-as-local-news-anchors-recite-script-in-unison These abuses of journalistic integrity confuse viewers, damage the public’s faith in the credibility of long-trusted local reporters, and infringe on the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of a free and open press.
SARATOGA UNITES, PROGRESSIVE SCHENECTADY, ALTAMONT MAIN STREET USA, BETHLEHEM INDIVISIBLE, CAPITAL NY RESISTANCE & CIVIC ACTION COUNCIL, GREENWICH INDIVISIBLE NY (GINY), INDIVISIBLE NY 19, NY 19 VOTES, AND OTHER CAPITAL REGION GROUPS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS CONCUR:
Unless and until WRGB clearly identifies all sponsored and/or scripted content (aka "must read" segments) presented during its news broadcasts, the undersigned parties will not be part of the viewership.
In addition, please see below for a list of frequent advertisers/sponsors of the local news. Because these companies help finance Sinclair’s propagandist messaging through WRGB's newcasts, we are notifying them of our concerns and urging them to stop advertising with WRGB, unless and until WRGB restores journalistic integrity to its news broadcasts.
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LOCAL COMPANIES WHOSE ADVERTISING FUNDS
UNBALANCED AND PROPAGANDIST “REPORTING”
Finkelstein & Partners
Owned by -
Bimbo’s Bakeries USA
Fuccillo Hyundai of Schenectady
Fuccillo Kia of Schenectady
Fuccillo Volkswagen of Schenectady
Lia Nissan of Colonie (Albany)
Lia Nissan of Saratoga
Lia Nissan of Glens Falls
Taft Furniture - Albany
Taft Furniture -Saratoga
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