…you may live in Ohio. Last night, in place of ABC World News and Nightline, at least one Ohio ABC affiliate broadcast an “election special” that looked like a news program, but was actually a partisan critique of the Obama administration. It was even hosted by the station’s news anchors. Talking Points Memo has the story:
TPM has learned that WSYX and at least one other station operated by the Sinclair Broadcast Group in the crucial swing state last night aired election specials, which included content prepared by their corporate parent company. Some TPM readers may recall Sinclair has a history with this kind of thing. In the run up to the 2004 election, controversy erupted over the company’s plan to air a movie attacking then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry’s Vietnam record. Sinclair “owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to 74 television stations in 45 markets,” according to the company’s website.
The half-hour program that aired on WSYX, obtained by TPM, was billed on the station’s website as “ABC 6 Election Speical – VOTE 2012.” But at times, it sounded more like Fox News than local news.