Sinclair Broadcasting sent word to all their stations to make sure to air statements acknowledging there’s so-called “fake news” out there, and to make clear they’re not taking part in the pushing of any particular narrative. The result was a whole bunch of local news readers reciting the same script:
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) March 31, 2018
Having worked in local TV for over 20 years, such corporate edicts from any broadcast ownership aren’t necessarily a rarity, but this one had a particularly higher profile because it involved on-air statements. In any case, Jimmy Kimmel found it very disturbing:
this is extremely dangerous to our democracy https://t.co/D1T8Z7J2Wn
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 1, 2018
Dude, just stop!
I guess people on TV being given a script presents a threat to democracy, unless it’s Jimmy Kimmel being told what to say to the entire country on ABC:
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 24, 2017
In other words, it’s NOT damaging to the nation when Kimmel goes on national TV and parrots a narrative written and sent to him by partisan liberal politicians:
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel consulted with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) office on details surrounding the health-care debate, The Daily Beast reported Friday.
Schumer’s office “provided technical guidance and info about the bill, as well as stats from various think tanks and experts on the effects of” the legislation, a source told the outlet.
Kimmel launched a series of attacks this week on the Senate GOP’s latest ObamaCare repeal and replace measure, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.).
Schumer and the late-night comedian were reportedly in touch over the past several months, and the New York Democrat encouraged Kimmel to speak out against the legislation.
But a station owner sends talking points to its affiliates and suddenly it’s a grave threat to the Republic? Maybe Chuck Schumer told Kimmel to say all that.