Best Evil Empire: Sinclair Broadcast Group

The Hunt Valley-based broadcaster was already the nation’s largest owner of TV stations when it bought Tribune Media. The $3.9 billion deal, announced in May, adds Tribune’s 42 TV stations to Sinclair’s 173 and allows the company to reach nearly 70 percent of all American households—although the official number is in the 40 percent range owing to archaic, pre-cable-TV rules about how UHF stations’ reach is counted. Sinclair management has not been shy about pushing its right-wing views into its newscasts, mandating “must run” segments that are pro-Trump. Sinclair managers even ordered its reporters to produce a hit piece on The Seattle Times, which had criticized the corporation. And Sinclair’s stations are not even all Fox affiliates.

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