Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Sinclair Broadcasting to air anti-Kerry film

I was only gone for a week and look what has happened. I saw the latest round in the presidential candidate debates as I crawled out of bed in Hawaii but I come back to a story like this. The hometown WB station, owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, is airing an anti-Kerry documentary about his service in Vietnam... the day before the presidential election. Whatever happened to the equal time laws before FCC deregulation?

Feel free to contact Sinclair Broadcasting via e-mail or call them at 410-568-1500. The local Sinclair station and WB affiliate, KMWB-23 can be reached via phone at (651) 646-2300. Call or e-mail both the owner and the local affiliate, let your opinions be heard. Story follows below.

Democrats, senators fight plan to air anti-Kerry film
Associated Press
October 12, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Democratic Party and 18 senators are objecting to a broadcasting company's plan to air on 62 TV stations a documentary critical of John Kerry's anti-war activities after he returned home from Vietnam three decades ago.

Sinclair Broadcast Group has asked its television stations -- many of them in competitive states in the presidential election -- to preempt regular programming to run the documentary as part of an hourlong program two weeks before the Nov. 2 election.

Based near Baltimore, the company owns or manages affiliates of major broadcast networks in several states, including Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.

KMWB-TV, Channel 23, in St. Paul is owned by Sinclair. There was no answer at the station on Monday evening.

The Democratic National Committee planned to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission today contending that Sinclair's airing of the film should be considered an illegal in-kind contribution to President Bush's campaign.

Also, 18 Democratic senators sent a letter to the Federal Communication Commission asking that it investigate whether Sinclair's plan was an improper use of public airwaves.

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