Monday, July 27, 2020

Sinclair Broadcasting won't air discredited 'Plandemic' segment, after widespread outcry; thanks Fauci for his work

UPDATE, July 28: "Sinclair said that given the nature of Judy Mikovits’ claims to correspondent Eric Bolling, the segment was 'not appropriate, to air," The Associated Press reports. Sinclair said, “We also reiterate our appreciation for all that Dr. Fauci and his team have accomplished for the health and well-being of Americans and people worldwide.”

Following widespread public outcry, Sinclair Broadcasting is reconsidering plans to force local television stations it owns to broadcast an interview featuring a conspiracy theory video about the covid-19 pandemic, Aubree Eliza Weaver reports for Politico.

The video, "Plandemic," is about a discredited claim that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was to blame for the creation of the novel coronavirus.

"'America This Week' host Eric Bolling was scheduled to air an interview with Judy Mikovits, a medical researcher featured in the 'Plandemic' video," referring to Mikovits as "an expert in virology," Weaver reports.

After broad pushback, Sinclair says it will delay and rework the episode, and said they in no way endorsed "Plandemic" or its message. Sinclair, which owns stations in 81 TV markets, has a disproportionately rural audience.

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