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Adios Boris

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sinklair
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Adios Boris

Post by sinklair » Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:35 am

Sinclair finally realizes that their horribly produced commentaries were a H*** mistake:
https://www.nbcnews.com/business/busine ... s-n1099796

Now they can save the reported $300,000 salary they were paying Boris.

However with Chairman David Smith in charge, expect to still see conservative leaning “must run news stories” still being forced into 25:66’s “newscasts”.



kager
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Adios Boris (whisper: and Ameshia)

Post by kager » Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:44 am

You see buried in that NBCOoze article that Ameshia Cross is being dropped, too.

"It was irresponsible and antithetical to what we were supposed to be doing as journalists.” the former Sinclair producer said. “It is surprising, but for the most part, I think our viewers were able to see commentary for what it was.”


"The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred."

lovinlife101
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Re: Adios Boris

Post by lovinlife101 » Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:16 am

kager wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:44 am
"It was irresponsible and antithetical to what we were supposed to be doing as journalists.” the former Sinclair producer said. “It is surprising, but for the most part, I think our viewers were able to see commentary for what it was.”
So on one hand, this free, er, former-Sinclair producer calls these must-run republican propaganda pieces “irresponsible,” but then goes back and says viewers weren’t stupid enough to see them as truthful. Hmmmm. Speaking out of both sides of their mouth.

Most people fail to acknowledge or conveniently forget the fact that William Jefferson Harris was the biggest supporter of Sinclair taking control of two stations in the Flint market. During his quid pro quo “semi-retirement” party at the Capitol Theater, in addition to cursing several times in front of his kids and grandkids into a live mic, he said that employees “better pray that it happens” regarding Sinclair taking over NBC25. Then, the union gets tossed out, he gets his kid a job, and he’ll likely make his full-retirement exit at the end of the year. Merry Christmas!



sinklair
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Re: Adios Boris

Post by sinklair » Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:43 am

Not sure about your obsession with Bill Harris... since this post has nothing to do with him.

No one at NBC 25 and Fox 66 wanted to run these commentaries by Boris and Ameshia. They were forced upon our viewers by Sinclair’s VP of “News” Scott Livingston.

Reporters complained to management who basically wiped their hands of it and said there was nothing they could do about it. The GM did not support journalists actually wanting to put on a good newscast... only to be told to put pro-Trump propaganda into local news. That’s what you get when you have the sales department run the news department , It’s also why Fox/NBC will remain the bottom feeder in the Flint market.



sinklair
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Re: Adios Boris

Post by sinklair » Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:49 am

Here’s the “spin” memo sent to stations... notice how Scott Livingston has to work very hard not to admit that these commentaries were a mistake!

From: Scott Livingston
Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Subject: Local Investigative Commitment

Hi Everyone,

One of our goals in 2020 is to produce more distinctive and impactful local stories. We are having success in the markets where we’re producing local investigative content. Sinclair’s local investigative news teams have produced marquee coverage and garnered critical praise for stories like the award-winning Project Baltimore, which unveiled systemic issues with the local school systems, and Project Seattle that explored the impact of homelessness and drug addiction plaguing their community. Our local investigative commitment has garnered nationwide accolades marked by numerous national and regional Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Awards.

Our local investigative units are invaluable to the communities we serve. The positive feedback and our ratings improvement echoes the public’s increasing desire for in-depth, watchdog accountability stories that impact local communities. We have to shine a light on our value proposition every quarter hour, in every newscast. Therefore we will be expanding our local investigative journalism footprint in our daily newscasts. We are excited to dedicate more time in our newscasts to report on critical and relevant issues.

To allot additional airtime for this storytelling, we will be ending the commentary segments this Friday, December 13th featuring Ameshia Cross and Boris Epshteyn. I want to thank Boris and Ameshia for sharing their passion and purpose with our audiences.

We want to continue to be a leader in local news and strengthen our commitment to investing in local communities.

Thanks,
Scott



sinklair
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Re: Adios Boris

Post by sinklair » Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:10 am

Would love to know how NBC/Fox 66 plans to provide significant investigative reporting when they continue to cut staff.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ ... Commentary

Bueller... Bueller?

The news team can’t even cover daily news with current staffing. Maybe Scott Livingston should visit Flint.



R Bedell
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Re: Adios Boris

Post by R Bedell » Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:17 am

It is good to see at least some tid bit of diversification in alleged journalism as opposed to the 90% Biased DNC Swill coming from the majority of the MSM. As I have said before, Journalism is DEAD.



sinklair
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Re: Adios Boris

Post by sinklair » Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:38 am

Local news should have no bias — either from the left or the right. Local journalism is dead because those in charge choose to side with partisan philosophies or sell out the news department to local advertisers as opposed to insisting on upholding ethical and responsible reporting.



R Bedell
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Re: Adios Boris

Post by R Bedell » Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:53 pm

Local news should have no bias — either from the left or the right. Local journalism is dead because those in charge choose to side with partisan philosophies or sell out the news department to local advertisers as opposed to insisting on upholding ethical and responsible reporting.
Agreed.



Willie108
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Re: Adios Boris

Post by Willie108 » Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:33 pm

The constant LL posts bashing Bill Harris are great comedy. Just what did Bill do to you???



lovinlife101
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Re: Adios Boris

Post by lovinlife101 » Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:38 pm

Willie108 wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:33 pm
The constant LL posts bashing Bill Harris are great comedy. Just what did Bill do to you???
What did he do to me? The same thing he did for news. Nothing.

He’s the most overrated, ineffective news anchor in the Flint market.

His claim to fame is literally his age.

He has broken no significant news stories, quite possibly no insignificant ones either. Don’t believe me? Name one. You can’t.

He cheers for Boston teams over Detroit teams, Boston University over any Michigan universities, and has produced more positively-spun police stories than any news person possibly ever.

His wife is a retired 911 dispatcher and he got paid to provide positive PR for law enforcement. So has he had opportunity to reveal police corruption? You bet! He’s literally in bed with them and yet the other stations will break a story on police corruption before him.



MasterB
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Re: Adios Boris

Post by MasterB » Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:58 pm

Most of the commentary was aired in the morning news when Boris promos came on said mornings on WWMT at the 5AM hour and then on at 10PM news on CW7 I never saw the commentary. Which means James Rosen reports on the Sinclair stations.


Go Pistons, Let's Go Redwings.

sinklair
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Re: Adios Boris

Post by sinklair » Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:45 pm

Yes, so now Sinclair is replacing mouth full of marbles Boris and his commentary segments with... commentaries framed as news stories from former FOX News conservative commentator James Rosen. Good journalists know not to make themselves the story. Jimmy needs to go back to journalism school since he clearly missed that lesson.

https://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/ ... ss-with-me

Report the news. We don’t need local newscasts with spin — either from the left or the right. Just give me the facts and let viewers decide who to believe.

Baiting your interviews with biased questions so you can get a heated exchange that will be played over and over on political talk shows just makes Rosen look like a self-involved idiot.



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