President Donald Trump on Monday defended the Sinclair Broadcast Group after widespread criticism that it forces its news anchors across the country to read pro-Trump propaganda on their shows.
“So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.”
Sinclair, which owns local news stations across the country, has come under fire after Deadspin created a viral video compilation of Sinclair anchors reading the exact same statements attacking the mainstream press for being “extremely dangerous to our democracy” because they published stories that were critical of Trump and his administration.
The right-wing network has been pushing its employees to inject extreme right political messages into their broadcasts that include attacks on the mainstream press.