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Announcement :: Media
Protest Sinclair Media
13 Oct 2004
Protest SInclair Media in Springfield
PICKET SINCLAIR STATIONS MONDAY, 10/18, @ 6PM!!!

Picket lines @ Sinclair stations could really effect their ability to do business and placate advertisers.

The Sinclair station list - complete with addresses - is at Sinclair Station List.

If we can organize a Flash Mob type of action - large groups of protesters showing up at exactly 6pm local time (the time of their local news broadcast, where they derive 60% of their local revenue), it would make local and national news.

I suggest targeting this Monday, October 18 as a protest date. It gives us the entire weekend to organize, and Monday is a great news day. It's also four days before the scheduled broadcast of their "news story" against Kerry.

Please comment below on if you would be available for this effort, and then - SPREAD THE WORD, FAR AND WIDE.

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Re: Protest Sinclair Media
13 Oct 2004
Why are you protesting? What "news story?"
Re: Protest Sinclair Media
13 Oct 2004
Sinclair media owns many many local television stations around the US and they are forcing these stations, whether ABC, CBS, FOX, UPN or whatever, to air a documentary bashing Kerry just 10 days before the election. It is commercial free and extremely biased.
Its a protest against biased and unfair media, not a pro-Kerry rally
Re: Protest Sinclair Media
13 Oct 2004
sounds good, but take it even further...
www.sinclairwatch.org
Let Sinclair and the FCC know that you will not tolerate partisan slander on our public arwaves.
Its a protest against biased and unfair media, not a pro-Kerry rally?
13 Oct 2004
Indymedia owns many local media outlets in the US, UK, and South America. They force these sites to basically stick to left wing politics and commentary, but nobody is calling for a protest of Indymedia. If Sinclair owns those stations, then they are not "forcing" their stations to do anything. They are just doing business as they wish, in accordance with the First Amendment

If you were to protest against "biased and unfair media", then you could protest Indymedia, CNN, etc. Sinclair has the right to say whatever they want.
You have a point there.
13 Oct 2004
"If we can organize a Flash Mob type of action - large groups of protesters showing up at exactly 6pm local time (the time of their local news broadcast, where they derive 60% of their local revenue), it would make local and national news."

It would be counterproductive and ineffective to have a protest against the media when you are publishing on a media outlet which would probably delete or hide any rebuttal froim Sinclair. They would simply turn around and make us look like hypocrites.
Re: Protest Sinclair Media
13 Oct 2004
(NOTE: I'm speaking for myself here, not the Boston IMC collective.) As a point of clarification, Indy Media does not own any local IMCs. We are all autonmous. But, yes, to be part of the IMC network, you do have to have agree to certain basic political points of untiy. In principle, I would agree that Sinclair has the right to broadcast whatever views they want, short of things like incitement to genocide. I would point out, however, that Sinclair is one of a few large corporations that dominate the media in the US--they are part of an oligopoly. I don't think anyone ought to be able to dominate that much of the media--it makes for gross imbalance of power, something that's inherently anti-democratic. I don't think those of us at the IMC can be accused of dominating anything (unless you count editing our own websites as an act of domination, as some self-righteous right-wingers do). The question here is one of power as much as the exercise of free speech. As for a rebuttal from Sinclair, while we certainly wouldn't feature it, I see no reason we would hide it, assuming it doesn't violate our editorial policy.
Sinclair IS Neo-Con Liars!
13 Oct 2004
I hope many, many people step up to show Sinclair that WE want a change!
Besides, Dubya doesn't deserve another 4 years! He deserves prison!
Perhaps, but protesting them doesnt make sense
13 Oct 2004
Protesting Sinclair for the purpose of making an anti-right wing statement is not going to accomplish anything. Any coverage of such protests will be ignored, since Sinclair owns all of the significant stations which would broadcast it.

The Bush camp bashing Kerry is no different from the Kerry camp bashing Bush. How come people dont state the obvious? If elected, Kerry would be the wealthiest President ever elected. His interests are even less people oriented than Bush's. The difference between Kerry and Bush (actually, there are many), is the ego. Bush is too hardheaded to let his ego control him. Kerry is ego and not much else.
Re: Protest Sinclair Media
14 Oct 2004
as you saw in the earlier posts, this isnt a pro kerry rally. we all know both kerry and bush are bad for the country. the problem with this isnt that right-wing and left-wing propaganda should be blocked from the airwaves, its that the super-wealthy are controlling what we see. If you are reading the independent media, you are doing it because you are interested in the opinions of the regular people from Boston,and you are not interested in the polictical views of the CEO being forced on you. the sad state of american society means that alot of people can't just turn off their TVs and get educated. they fall into the marketing traps of the media and believe that what they see on TV is the truth. If you are here on Indymedia you are here because you have your own voice and ideas and you can share them with others and you are never forced to believe or accept anything from anyone.
Also on a side note, since the documentary is being aired commercial free, it is an ILLEGAL campaign contribution to Bush-Cheney. However the elections commision will wait till after November 2nd to decide what to do with this case.......that is democrazy for you
Um, I can speak for myself, thank you very much.
15 Oct 2004
"we all know both kerry and bush are bad for the country."

I disagree. One or the other is going to become the President of the United States. Saying they are both bad is one thing, but refusing to acknoledge the inevitable is another. You MUST choose between two "evils", or simply do not vote and let those around you decide the outcome.

"the problem with this isnt that right-wing and left-wing propaganda should be blocked from the airwaves, its that the super-wealthy are controlling what we see."

WRONG. The super wealthy are controlling your BEHAVIOR, not what you see. You can watch anything you wish, and believe anything you wish. The blame is with YOU, not the media. Look up "remote" or "channel changer" or "Search Engine".

"If you are reading the independent media, you are doing it because you are interested in the opinions of the regular people from Boston,and you are not interested in the political views of the CEO being forced on you."

Um, NO. Im reading this IMC because I like the comedy in the hidden articles section, and because I am treated to the occasional pertinent and well written article on the Newswire. To me, the opinions of the "regular people" are those I read in the mainstream newspapers and select telivision stations. Not the IMC network where anarchism, socialism and communism are considered perfectly acceptable alternatives to American capitalism.

No CEO, President, Clergyman or anyone else can force political views on someone without their consent (at least in the United States). Strangely enough, you get the MOST protection under the American Constitution with regard to political freedom, as opposed to communism or socialism which are politically oppressive.

Then you said:

"If you are here on Indymedia you are here because you have your own voice and ideas and you can share them with others..."

REALLY? What happens if your voice and your ideas are communicating Right wing ideas? What if the censors decide that what you are saying is a little too "revealing" of the truth of censorship on the Independent media network?

"....and you are never forced to believe or accept anything from anyone."

And where is this non-existent place where people ARE forced to believe or accept stuff? Its not in America. Perhaps Saudi Arabia...no, they arent allowed to watch TV at all. Maybe communist China? The choice is with you, my friend. It always has been. Just click your heels three times and say "There's no place like home".
Re: Protest Sinclair Media
18 Oct 2004
Check local office hours before action is taken.
Re: Protest Sinclair Media
18 Oct 2004
The KC Kansas location does not have office hours after 5 or 5:30, Protesting around 6 isn't going to be effective there.
Re: Protest Sinclair Media
23 Oct 2004
Perhaps you should watch the broadcast to learn more about the "man" you are supporting. The truth hurts doesn;t it? What is Kerry and his supporters afraid of?