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”

 

Carmax 

518-218-4425

https://www.facebook.com/CarMaxAlbany/

@CarMax

 

Comfort Windows

518-783-3171

https://www.facebook.com/comfortwindowco/

@ComfortWindows_

 

Curtis Lumber

518-885-5311

https://www.facebook.com/CurtisLumber/

@curtislumber

 

Destination Kia 

518-213-5035

https://www.facebook.com/DestinationKiaAlbany/ 

@DestinationKia

 

Finkelstein & Partners 

518-452-2813

https://www.facebook.com/FinkelsteinAndPartners/

@FinkelsteinLaw

 

Freihofer’s

Owned by -

Bimbo’s Bakeries USA

1-800-984-0989

https://bimbobakeriesusa.com/consumer-questions-feedback

https://m.facebook.com/FreihofersBakery/

 

Fuccillo Hyundai of Schenectady

518-382-0274

https://www.facebook.com/Fuccillo.Hyundai/

@FuccilloHyundai

 

Fuccillo Kia of Schenectady

518-847-0800

https://www.facebook.com/FuccilloKia/

@FuccilloKia518

 

Fuccillo Nissan 

518-250-4380

https://www.facebook.com/FuccilloNissanofLatham/

@Fuccillo_Nissan

 

Fuccillo Volkswagen of Schenectady

518-374-9161

https://www.facebook.com/fuccillovolkswagen/

@FuccilloVW

 

Lia Nissan of Colonie (Albany)

1-855-983-3714

https://www.facebook.com/LiaNissanColonie/

@LiaAutoGroup

 

Lia Nissan of Saratoga

855-755-3346

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lia-Nissan-of-Saratoga/1979010202361082

@LiaAutoGroup

 

Lia Nissan of Glens Falls

518-636-1098

https://www.facebook.com/LiaNissanGF/

@LiaAutoGroup

 

Metro Mattress

https://m.facebook.com/metromattress/

@MetroMattress

 

Taft Furniture - Albany

518-456-3361

https://www.facebook.com/Taft.Furniture/

@TaftFurniture

 

Taft Furniture -Saratoga

518-886-0990

https://www.facebook.com/TaftFurnitureSaratoga/

@TaftFurniture

 

 



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