“There isn’t a viral video long enough to demonstrate the type of power Sinclair would have to push its partisan political agenda into all of our homes if the company is successful in gobbling up so many stations that only two owners remain.”
—Karl Frisch, Allied ProgressAccording to Karl Frisch, executive director of the liberal watchdog group Allied Progress, Sinclair is dangerous not just because of its political agenda, but because of Smith’s stated desire for nearly total market domination by powerful broadcasters like his.

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In a 2004 interview with an broadcast industry news outlet, Smith stated that if  he “was going to wish for anything and I could snap my fingers and make it happen […] it would be for an instantaneous final consolidation of the industry.” Smith went on to say that such a consolidation—a nightmare scenario for progressives who see the corporate control of the media system as a direct assault on the role of journalism in a democracy—was “absolutely doable” in the future.

“The Sinclair/Tribune merger isn’t dinner—it’s the appetizer,” warned Frisch. “Smith won’t be content until his singular wish of the local news industry’s ‘final consolidation’ is complete. That’s a frightening prospect.”

He concluded, “There isn’t a viral video long enough to demonstrate the type of power Sinclair would have to push its partisan political agenda into all of our homes if the company is successful in gobbling up so many stations that only two owners remain.”

In an essay published at the Huffington Post on Wednesday, a separate Sinclair producer—who requested anonymity over fears of retribution—told people: “If you want to make a difference, lobby your lawmakers to have them stop the Tribune deal from going through, because that is what is dangerous about this. It’s dangerous for any company to own as many stations as Sinclair does.”

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