Monday, October 18, 2004

American Hero of the Day

Via The O'Franken Factor

Who’s Jon Leiberman?  None other than Sinclair’s DC bureau chief.  From the Baltimore Sun:

The Washington bureau chief for Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group’s news division angrily denounced his employer last night for plans to air an hourlong program that is to include incendiary allegations against Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry for his anti-war activism three decades ago.

“It’s biased political propaganda, with clear intentions to sway this election,” said Jon Leiberman, Sinclair’s lead political reporter for more than a year. “For me, it’s not about right or left—it’s about what’s right or wrong in news coverage this close to an election.” ... Leiberman said he was anguished by his decision to speak out. But, he said, the influence of commentator Mark Hyman and Chief Executive David D. Smith has been devastating. “There is going to be a concerted effort on the part of my colleagues to make this as balanced a program as they can,” Leiberman said. “But the selection of the material—dumping it on the news department, and giving them four days, and running it this close to the election—it’s indefensible, in my opinion.” ... Now, Leiberman said, the conservative bias of Sinclair executives is too palpable to ignore. “All I want is for them to address these issues,” Leiberman said. “Let the journalists do what the journalists do—cover the news."

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