BALTIMORE – An anti-Sinclair ad featuring the Deadspin video mocking the company’s mandatory scripts will soon air on some of the company’s stations.
The executive director of consumer advocacy group Allied Progress, Karl Frisch, told the Baltimore Sun the ads are a test to see if Sinclair believes viewers should know local anchors were forced to read the script.
Frisch was referring to the Deadspin video posted Saturday that showed dozens of local Sinclair station anchors reading from an identical script about “fake news.”
Sinclair-owned KLEW in Lewiston aired those talking points in late March.
The stations – available in some Spokane locations over the air, by satellite or cable – also have a link to Sinclair’s conservative-leaning “Behind the Headlines,” on their website.
William Fanshawe, of Baltimore’s WBFF-TV, said Friday the Deadspin ads will run this weekend. The ad is also slated to run in Seattle.
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