Friday, February 11, 2005


Rolling Stone has a story about Sinclair Broadcasting out now. Much of it will be familiar to regular readers, but there are some wonderful details that were new to me (particularly Sinclair owner David Smith's first job in the media). Here's the link.


At 2:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ted, here is an example of how Mark Hyman puts together his "news". First, his process:

1. Take a quote out of context from some main stream media source.

2. Add your own spin, stated as fact.

3. Broadcast your "POINT".

Now, the real world case study:

Step 1:
"Smith's media connections came in handy in 1996, when he was arrested on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute who, police said, performed "an unnatural and perverted sex act on him" in a Mercedes owned by Sinclair. Charged with a misdemeanor sex offense, Smith cut an unusual deal: In lieu of doing community service, he ordered Sinclair to broadcast reports publicizing ......"

Step 2:
....anything Jeff Gannon from Talon News told him to report. Is it only coincidental that Jeff Gannon - real name James D. Guckert - was identified as the "owner" of several web-sites that graphically advertised male4male outcall services. At least one source close to the case says that Guckert/Gannon was the "prostitute" involved in the Smith incident. Guckert/Gannon also said he had a close personal relationship with Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly, all of whom came to his defense recently when he was "exposed" as a "ringer" in the White House Press Corp. Well now, what other names might we find in Gannon's little black book.

Step 3:
Cut and paste, and hit the blogosphere. We have Sinclair Broadcasting without the overhead, and we don't have to worry about the FCC.

This would be the lowest of dirty tricks counter strategy, but when in Rome.....

Myron Biggs


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