If You Think Corporate Media Is Bad Now, Wait Until This Monster Merger Goes Through

Sinclair's proposed acquisition of Tribune Media for $3.9 billion would allow the right-leaning broadcast group to reach nearly three-quarters of American homes.

For Democrats and progressives, the consequences could prove disastrous.

"There are some ramifications [of the deal], especially when you consider the fact that they force the networks they work with to run these (very obviously right-leaning) must-run ads," explained "Young Turks" co-host Ana Kasparian on Monday. 

"Must runs," as the New York Times calls them, are "short video segments that are centrally produced by the company [worked] into the broadcast over a period of 24 or 48 hours." One of Sinclair's most propagandist ads in the past year included a package urging voters not to support Hillary Clinton and the historically "pro-slavery" Democratic Party.

"I know there are a lot of democrats who did not like Hillary, but they felt that way due to justifiable reasons," noted Kasparian. "The Democratic Party being historically in favor of slavery is not one of the reasons why people did not want to vote in favor of Hillary." 

"That is a classic propaganda lie that people who are right-wing put out there for the purpose of deceiving you," added Cenk Uygur, followed by a brief overview of major party switches in political history.

While the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, fought against the slave-owning Confederacy, "what they don't tell you is in 1964, because of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, the parties, in essence, switched and the Republicans did what is called the Southern Strategy to make sure they could get racist voters in the south to vote for the Republican Party," Uygur explained. 


Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card


Thanks for your support!

Did you enjoy AlterNet this year? Join us! We're offering AlterNet ad-free for 15% off - just $2 per week. From now until March 15th.