Sinclair Broadcasting sues former reporters. Paltry pay spoilers ahead.

If you think local television reporters make a million dollars, you are out of your mind. If you think the average reporter makes six figures, try again. Try low to mid-forty range.

And Frodis-Caper-esque Sinclair Broadcasting will sue you for breach of contract if you quit.


The notion that journalists rake in dazzling pay checks is a myth. Only national broadcasters who headline shows get millions of dollars, and with job cuts, those lofty paydays aren't as extravagant as they used to be...

Memo to the 21 students who dropped out of Sinclair interviews: Do you actually think it's different anywhere else?

The TORTEE Generation are a curious lot. They have a single belief in The One Rule That Explains Everything.

They grew up indoctrinated on commercials that told them a simple and passive hack will make all the problems disappear.

No ability for critical thinking. No ability to see beyond the façade.

It's why you have kids who are clamouring for gun control -- they want to be nannied so some other servant will clean up their messes. America was built on slavery, and that exploitative mindset never got cleansed out of their system.

They are always offended and enraged, like the spoiled diva whose maid didn't press her underpants in the exact way she was ordered, and didn't treat her master like a god.

Arrogance, insensitivity, and ignorance are the toxic qualities that destroyed journalism.

They issue decrees, and now are having fits that people ignore their royal edicts.

There is no one rule to explain everything. You have to experiment, and test, looking for flaws and weaknesses -- not to judge and gripe in the hopes someone will give you something to console you, but to understand and improve.

Sinclair Broadcasting is no better or worse than the other outlets.


They make the same demands, treat their employees the same, and do what media outlets have always done: force the same narrative on all of their stories. The end.

But the little j-school brats got spooked that Sinclair got some bad publicity, and 21 of them think they have dodged a bullet by not going for an interview for some low-paying dead-end job.

Kids, I have bad news for you: it is no different anywhere else.

We are in an Age of Propaganda.

In a partisan press, you must follow the script.

The FNC had their memos, which I chronicled in my 2005 book OutFoxed. Nothing has changed. I had my own stories spiked if I did not walk lockstep with a media outlet's royal decree.

When I wanted to point out the problems of Toronto's gang wars, I was rejected because the white people of Toronto didn't want the spoil their cocktail parties. When I wanted to discuss the political significance of street graffiti, I was rejected because the middle and upper classes refused to believe that the fringe were more politically savvy and aware than they ever could be. When I wanted to talk about how Canada was a hot bed for art crimes, no one wanted to hear it because, you know, it's Canada.

And when I wanted to point out how journalism's own internal mechanisms were going to lead to a collapse, no one was interested because that would mean some blowhards would be exposed for the bumbling oafs that they were.

In 2018, there is no excuse for this generation's complete ignorance and passivity.

And no, throwing a temper tantrum in the street demanding adults clean up your bloody messes isn't being active.

Journalists ran and hid from their problems to their industry's devastation.

And that you are going into a dead profession is a real knee-slapper, but to pretend you have scruples and standards by rejecting that dead-end placement is an absolute riot.

Because it is the same wherever you go.

Left, Right, there is no difference in the culture or the methods.

But it doesn't;t matter. You chose to cavort with the dead -- get used to the rot, children because it's contagious and it destroys everything and everyone around it in a blink of an eye.

And there isn't some quick and passive little hack that will fix it...

CJR's perpetual obliviousness continues: No wonder journalism got destroyed.

A pair of articles from Columbia Journalism Review show just how clueless the profession is. This is an industry that has divided itself on partisan lines, and by doing so, corrupting the product beyond repair. If you are a chronicler of reality, then you cannot be driven by ideology. You are in search of facts.

If CJR was a legitimate journalism publication, this divide would be something they would examine very carefully.

But this isn't what is happening. They are actively joining in the partisan games.

The first article revolves around Right-leaning Sinclair Broadcasting Group, and their demand for a ideologically monolithic machine.

This is being made to sound as if this was a recent problem only plaguing Right-wing media owners, but that would be wrong. Most media owners skew their products in the same direction, whether it be print or broadcast. It's not just in terms of ideology, but even layout. In Canada, for instance, looking at newspaper properties owned by Postmedia shows they are identical in style, presentation, stories, angles, and even headers. They print stories from each other, and the political bent is the same for them all.

Media outlets are treated the same way as motels -- one Holiday Inn is the same as the others.

It doesn't matter what former employees here have to say -- we need to widen the circle and take a look at past and present employees in other outlets as well to see what kind of mindset brought down the profession. Sinclair is no better or worse than others, regardless of political leaning. They are a mere microcosm for a bigger issue that brought down journalism.

It is that manipulative confirmation bias preventing a true analysis.

The second article is about the Denver Post's temper tantrum, and how it shows "a crisis in American journalism."

You were in a crisis twenty years ago. Your profession is now destroyed.

But the beginning of the piece is a real melodramatic hoot:

“THE BIGGEST CRISIS IN JOURNALISM is not Donald Trump’s attacks on The Washington Post and The New York Times,” Times Editor Dean Baquet said Sunday on CNN. Rather, he argues, it’s “the decline of local newspapers.”

Nowhere is that crisis more apparent than in Denver, where the city’s lone daily paper published an extraordinary package of pieces showing the newsroom in open revolt against its owners. Taking aim at Alden Global Capital, the New York-based hedge fund that owns the paper, the Post published an editorial stating, “If Alden isn’t willing to do good journalism here, it should sell the Post to owners who will.”

Children, there are no owners willing to do any journalism because it is a dead profession.

And really, who is going to want to buy a newspaper with employees who speak ill of their employers? They could buy it, but then they would have to let go of every employee, but you are not worth the risk.

But with both articles, notice that journalists are the blameless damsels in distress, while the owners of both outlets are being cast as the villains. They are not blameless, but neither are journalists. No innocents in this penny dreadful.

Journalism should have had its awakening a long time ago, but they kept their eyes closed shut, and now are feeling the pain of their willful ignorance. They offer themselves no guidance, and that's why you have drivel such as CJR giving no insightful, and hence, no solutions...

New York Times' Editor's grasp of journalism is out of control: Does anyone in the business understand they are irrelevant?

Journalism collapsed because those in the business never kept up with the times. They were the gate-keepers who once held all of the cards. Social media broke down those gates, but instead of seeing the depth of seriousness of their predicament, they went on as if everything was the way it was before.

They became increasingly irrelevant until the day a newbie politician used Twitter to become president of the US, and then they were no longer part of the public discourse.

Dean Baquet of the New York Times seems completely obliviousness that the world gave the Times its redundancy papers, and has the nerve to say that Donald Trump's rhetoric on journalism is "out of control."

No, it isn't. Trump saw an opportunity, and he took full advantage of it -- and won.

He didn't need journalists' collective blessing to win.

Once upon a time, if the press didn't like you, you were done. Now, it is a badge of honour, but within the foreseeable future, no one will care about even that one way or another.

Journalism is a concept that has run its course. This is not say we no longer need people finding and disseminating facts, but the model we have now is deficient, corrupt, broken, and inadequate.

Just as j-school deans have no clue, either -- and they are training people who want to enter a dead profession. They are lecturing Sinclair Broadcasting over their little promos -- and yet, it is thanks to their short-sightedness that the profession never changed or stayed relevant.

You have a rotted system that no longer functions -- and we have people in that profession blame everyone else for their woes: Trump, Russia, Facebook, hedge funds, you name it.

They never blame themselves. They think the same scripts, hacks, and cheats still work -- and because they aren't working, they want the entire world to change back to the old ways to accommodate their own life theories.

It has gone out of control. Journalists are losing their jobs in droves -- and instead of seeing what they are doing wrong -- they are still looking for scapegoats and whipping boys to take the blame.

Nothing will change. The jobs will vanish. The outlets will close.

And they will still blame everyone else except the real culprits.

The New York Times is a concept whose time has come and gone. We do not need a paper of record -- we need people who gather facts without narrative who aren't afraid of seeing reality and truth.

That is not something you will find in a dead profession, however.

It has to be made fresh from scratch...

The War of the Partisan Press continues

For people who want to cover reality and truth of important issues as they are, they no longer have a legitimate media outlet to do it. It is the Era of the Partisan Press where kettles call pots black all the time. We have Left-wing media and Right-sing media. People are supposed to swear allegiance to one artificial political divide or the other, which means ideology first, and facts don't matter. Not anymore.

And each partisan outlet can pretend they are the avatars of truth. No, you're not. You are pointing out your rivals flaws as if yours don't exist.

CNN is acting childish pointing out that someone who worked for Sinclair Broadcasting resigned due to "obvious bias."

So, of course, he walks over the line to tell the other partisan press all about it.

Think Progress's propaganda-fest is even more brazen:

Sinclair Broadcast Group has found itself in hot water in recent days after a script for one of its “must-run” segments was published online. But despite the fallout, the controversy has done little to hamper its efforts to recruit young journalists and those desperate for work.

Cue in the sad violin music, children:

The backlash was swift but has yet to hit the company’s bottom line. Sinclair, America’s largest owner of local news stations, continues to pursue its $3.9 billion dollar purchase of Tribune Media which, if approved, would give Sinclair control of more than 200 stations and the ability to reach more than 70 percent of  American households.

But the worst is yet to come:

But there’s a major problem. Behind the postings — which are often exclamation-point-laden and vague about what the job actually entails — are work contracts which are nothing short of predatory.

In many of those contracts — several of which have been shared with reporters in the wake of the must-run script controversy — Sinclair states that it reserves the right to fire a journalist if they become disabled and can no longer “present a pleasant personal appearance and a strong, agreeable voice.” Sinclair employees also have to agree not to “materially alter his/her physical appearance” or express their own political views. In an employee handbook obtained by HuffPost, Sinclair states, “You should not have any expectation of personal privacy in any communication using Company owned equipment.”

Contracts for content-providers have always been horrendous. Let's not forget about NDAs that allowed sexual harassment to flourish in newsrooms for years. Let's not forget that reporters had been underpaid, and often have been forced to sign away their moral rights, as well as their proper compensation if the company chooses to re-use their work.

And in countless cases, people working for media outlets were paid interns working for free and working overtime for an opportunity that never materialized.

But let's only look at one of the warring factions with the default assumption that the other side is just great. It's not. It's equally horrid. It is those predatory contracts that ensure that real journalism was never practiced in the first place because they pay was lousy, and people who were always afraid of speaking the truth and losing their livelihood in a cutthroat market.

Reporters' salaries have always been pittance, and the turnover is extremely high. You have broadcast journalists in major markets unable to make ends meets, but have to look well-to-do on their own dime. It's the reason most have to find a second job or two, and even then, everything hinges on the main job that can vanish in a heartbeat.

It was always a lousy system, and Sinclair is just one that takes full advantage of it...

Torstar holds its own opinionists hostage: They all walk lockstep with each other over Sinclair Broadcasting. Maybe you could find some important local issues to write about with some originality, ladies.

The Toronto Star apparently clones their columnists: why else do Rosie DiManno and Heather Mallick write about the same foreign broadcaster in the exact same way? DiManno's uninspired by-the-numbers drivel "U.S. broadcaster Sinclair has plenty to gain from parroting Donald Trump" is of the same haughty ilk as Mallick's drivel "Sinclair TV held its own journalists hostage."

Come on, ladies, you two are no different and no better than a Sinclair anchor. Really. Marching lockstep to each other will cancel you out, and perhaps clue in to management that at least one of you is redundant.

Some originality and genuine connect to your own state of affairs would be nice, for starters. How about looking inward as to how badly the Star's fortunes have fallen and what those in the profession did wrong to fail its citizens?

The petty confirmation bias sneaks up once again, with the Star hoping if they point fingers to others enough times, people won't notice their own shortcomings. Nice try, but it's not working...

The Battle of the Zombie Grifters: It is war between the Partisan Left and the Partisan Right. How a dead profession cannibalizes itself one propaganda campaign at a time.

America is under siege, and it is a zombie attack. The dead profession of journalism wants citizens to join the ranks of the undead and it has thrown a virus into the mix, known as Propaganda. Yes, it is really that dreadful, but as not too many people want to be zombies or hang out with zombies, the siege has been something of an epic bust.

That's why citizens found a nice refuge on social media and walked away from journalism in droves.

Zombies are not pleasant to listen to with their babbling, and they stink.

So seeing that the pickings are, like, super-slim, the zombies have turned on each other. It is a Zombie War, kids.

But since zombies have rotten cabbage for brains, thinking up how to divide themselves into sides was reduced to Left and Right.

Dead journalism has been reduced to partisan propaganda with two grifter warlords trying to reclaim the glory.

The Left side of the partisan equation have gone full-force, being the quintessential paranoid conspiracy theorists extraordinaire. Everyone is to blame: Trump, Russia, Facebook, and the Right-wing media.

The mainstream Left are the equivalent of the Alt Right media, with both sides battling each other for ideological supremacy. It truly is a lose-lose war.

Both the Left and the Right have been busy, playing the same con games, but then pointing out the con games of the other side to prove their brand of partisanship is superior to enemy's side. It is a form of meta-propaganda.

No one reports the facts anymore. It is just one agit-prop campaign after another.

When I wrote OutFoxed, I was privy to intern emails from the FNC, dictating how things would be covered. In Canada, one major newspaper chain centralized their editorials for all of their papers as they also wanted writers to waive their moral rights.

So let's just say that journalism has been stifling independent over the last couple of decades. This erosion is nothing new -- it happens nationally and locally, mainstream and  fringe, and through broadcast and print.

So when one media outlet points out the sins of another, it is a war tactic. It is akin to a group of armed soldiers telling you that their enemies are armed, and therefore untrustworthy.


It is why both sides of this equation are equally manipulative. They want control. They want power. They cannot stand that people may discover that those lines in the sand are not divine, and there may be better ways to develop an ideology that doesn't involve getting a script and then following it to the letter.

So when partisan on the Right Sinclair Group had their on-air talent not present news but a partisan propaganda tactic, the partisans on the Left jumped on it with their own partisan propaganda tactic of showing the various anchors repeat the same script.

Fight propaganda with more propaganda.

The default assumption is, of course, Sinclair is issuing a script and its enemies exposed it; ergo, the enemies are right, but considering one group showed one cluster...and then another did the same thing, they are, in fact, doing what Sinclair did. They are no different.

And the worst of it is that we have no alternative to a dead profession. We have a war of two grifters trying to reclaim power. We even see governments panicking that they are losing their grip, with France wanting more control over social media.

It's a changing world terrifying the old guard whose old feints and gambits have failed them -- and they would have never allowed for social media and search engines in the first place if they knew how liberating it would have been.

Anarchy slipped in, along with the idea that you didn't need someone else to validate your thoughts or serve as a middleman to relay your life for you. It is a war on all fronts with journalism's partisan sides battling each other as they battle social media for dominance they can never regain.

Let them slap fight each other. That's not the problem -- it's the lack of the alternative that matters -- and it matters right now...

American media consolidation continues with Sinclair fighting for exceptions.

Not surprising that Sinclair is fighting to keep its empire as big as it can. The media landscape has been shrinking at an accelerated in the last twenty years in the US. Canada's media consolidation was always worse, and its recent woes are making an inexcusable situation catastrophic. If people are looking for a They to solve the problem, they are sadly mistaken as such a group doesn't exist...