Sinclair Stoppers

Who are we?

Sinclair Stoppers was started in 2018 by four women in the Capital District, Katie Chao and Jill Loew (Administrators of Progressive Schenectady) and Mary Panzetta and Robin Pellegrino (active in many grassroots organizations, Bethlehem NY Indivisible, Bethlehem Morning Voice Huddle, etc.). We are strictly volunteer activists who are informing the public about Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Who is Sinclair Broadcast Group?

Sinclair is the media conglomerate that owns the largest number of local television news stations in the country. In 2012 Sinclair purchased NEWS CHANNEL 6 WRGB. This is the only Local News Station in the Capital Region owned by Sinclair. Nationwide, they own 191 TV Stations/607 Channels/89 Viewing Markets. In New York State, Sinclair owns News Stations in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and the Capital District. Because the merger with Tribune was denied in 2018, they were not able to purchase a station in the NYC market, yet.

Who is their audience?

Research shows that Local News reaches more adults than National Broadcast News or Cable News

Why does it Matter?

Research shows that Local News reaches more adults than National Broadcast News or Cable News

Sinclair has a very conservative bias. The show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver featuSinclair has a very conservative bias. The show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver featured Sinclair Broadcast Group in an episode in 2017. Sinclair mandates “MUST-RUN” segments of their anchors. This came to light in a dramatic way in 2018 when DEADSPIN aired a video showing anchors from all over the country (yes, our own Liz Bishop) reading the exact same story. The script implies that “other” journalists are biased and cannot be trusted, but Sinclair broadcasters are reputable. IT’S DOUBLESPEAK!

Sinclair also airs commentary from Boris Epshteyn and Sebastian Gorka, both TRUMP propaganda promoters. Jared Kushner brokered a deal during the TRUMP campaign with Sinclair for “good” coverage.

THE RESULT IS THAT SINCLAIR INSTILLS POORLY SOURCED, RARELY ACCURATE SEGMENTS INTO LOCAL NEWS BROADCASTS, READ BY TRUSTED LOCAL ANCHORS AS THOUGH THESE ARE THE VIEWS OF YOUR LOCAL BROADCASTERS AND DETRACTS FROM TRUE LOCAL NEWS STORIES.

 What can we do about it?

  1. BUY A LAWN SIGN-$8/each. All proceeds go toward buying more signs.
  2. GET A COOL BUTTON AT A SINCLAIR STOPPERS SPONSORED EVENT. Donations welcome.
  3. SIGN THE PETITION-We demand that Channel 6 accurately identify “MUST-RUN” segments.
  4. INFORM LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT ADVERTISE ON CHANNEL 6-examples of “news” content on Channel 6
  5. JOIN SINCLAIR STOPPERS ON FACEBOOK
  6. PROTEST OUTSIDE OF CHANNEL 6 WRGB with us. 1400 Balltown Road, Schenectady
  7. SPREAD THE WORD – An informed community is an informed electorate

Join us on Facebook at Sinclair Stoppers https://www.facebook.com/groups/288522701922744/

For additional information, to join our group or to be put on our mailing list, email Sinclairstoppersalbany@gmail.com

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