The Sinclair Broadcasting Group, a conservative broadcasting company that runs television stations in dozens of major television markets nationwide, has ordered its stations to preempt other programming and air an anti-Kerry program before Election Day.
The "documentary," called "Stolen Honor," was written, produced, and funded by what some people consider as extreme right-wing activists. Sinclair has said that it will be broadcasting this "political" message as "news".
Reports indicate that this isn't the first time the Sinclair corporate office has compromised the journalistic integrity of its stations. Earlier it had ordered ABC affiliates not to air a nonpartisan tribute to fallen U.S. soldiers, fearing the consequences for George W. Bush. It has also refused to run a DNC ad that challenged Bush for citing faulty intelligence about Iraq. It has also been reported that Sinclair and its executives have contributed thousands of dollars to Republican causes -- and their CEO has given the maximum donation to Bush-Cheney 04.
The Democratic Party has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission to protest this illegal corporate contribution to the Bush campaign, since the Sinclair Broadcasting is using its television stations to disguise right-wing smears against John Kerry as news.