Local Anchors Included in Mandate to Read Script About Fake News [VIDEO]
Television stations across the country have been handed a corporate mandate to read a scripted news story intended to warn viewers about "troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country.”
A compilation video which features dozens of anchors employed by Sinclair Broadcasting reading the script includes clips from Flint's Fox affiliate, WSMH Fox 66.
Reports say the news copy sounds a lot like the rhetoric preached by President Trump because it was written by one of his allies.
The script -- which sources say was to be read word-for-word by the anchors -- is printed below the video.
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“Hi, I’m(A) ____________, and I’m (B) _________________…
(B) Our greatest responsibility is to serve our Northwest communities. We are extremely proud of the quality, balanced journalism that KOMO News produces.
(A) But we’re concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country. The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media.
(B) More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories… stories that just aren’t true, without checking facts first.
(A) Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think’…This is extremely dangerous to a democracy.
(B) At KOMO it’s our responsibility to pursue and report the truth. We understand Truth is neither politically ‘left nor right.’ Our commitment to factual reporting is the foundation of our credibility, now more than ever.
(A) But we are human and sometimes our reporting might fall short. If you believe our coverage is unfair please reach out to us by going to KOMOnews.com and clicking on CONTENT CONCERNS. We value your comments. We will respond back to you.
(B) We work very hard to seek the truth and strive to be fair, balanced and factual… We consider it our honor, our privilege to responsibly deliver the news every day.
(A) Thank you for watching and we appreciate your feedback”