In an Article entitled "An Outpouring of Pain, Channeled Via Politics," New York Times television reviewer Alessandra Stanley opines that it is "too bad" that Sinclair is not airing the entire documentary. In fact, although Ms. Stanley''s review of the film is far from completely positive, she nonetheless expresses the view that "Stolen Honor" should not be shown by Sinclair, but rather "should be shown in its entirety on all the networks, cable stations and on public television." Sinclair is pleased to note that the New York Times, which has generally been very negative about Sinclair''s plans in regard to this documentary, employs at least one writer who continues to understand the importance of free speech under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Further, an editorial in today''s Wall Street Journal ("Sinclair and Watergate") commented unfavorably on the attempts to influence the press through a variety of pressure tactics, including threatened shareholder litigation. While Sinclair, a staunch believer in the First Amendment, appreciates the sentiment of the Journal''s editorial stance, we take exception with the inference that our failure to broadcast "Stolen Honor" in its entirety resulted from our having "bent under enormous political pressure." In fact, as noted in a separate article also in today''s Wall Street Journal, "Political Shows Prove Costly to Sinclair CEO," Sinclair had never confirmed reports that it was planning to air the entire documentary and actually posted a message on its corporate website stating, "The program has not been videotaped and the exact format of this unscripted event has not been finalized. Characterizations regarding the content are premature and are based on ill-informed sources."
Sinclair''s "A POW Story" is expected to include not only interviews with the creator and some of the former POWs featured in the "Stolen Honor" documentary, but also interviews with Richard Klass, President of the Veterans Institute for Security and Democracy, an organization which has filed against Sinclair at the Federal Communications Commission, George Butler, the director of the documentary "Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry," considered a very favorable presentation of Senator Kerry''s war record, and Bobby Muller, a Vietnam war veteran who the Kerry campaign recommended Sinclair include in its news special.
The Sinclair news special will air this evening, October 22, 2004, on the stations and at the times listed below.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies, owns and operates, programs, or provides sales services to 62 television stations in 39 markets. Sinclair''s television group includes FOX, WB, ABC, CBS, NBC, and UPN affiliates and reaches approximately 24% of all U.S. television households.
Market & Stations To Air "A POW Story" Baltimore WBFF Friday 10/22 8PM Birmingham WTTO Friday 10/22 7PM Buffalo WUTV Friday 10/22 8PM Cedar Rapids KGAN Friday 10/22 7PM Champaign, IL WICD Friday 10/22 7PM Charleston, SC WMMP Friday 10/22 8PM Charleston, WV WCHS Friday 10/22 8PM Cincinnati WSTR Friday 10/22 8PM Columbus WSYX Friday 10/22 8PM Dayton WKEF Friday 10/22 8PM Des Moines KDSM Friday 10/22 7PM Flint WSMH Friday 10/22 8PM Greensboro WXLV Friday 10/22 8PM Greenville/Asheville WLOS Friday 10/22 8PM Kansas City KSMO Friday 10/22 7PM Las Vegas KVWB Friday 10/22 8PM Lexington WDKY Friday 10/22 8PM Madison WMSN Friday 10/22 7PM Milwaukee WVTV Friday 10/22 7PM Minneapolis KMWB Friday 10/22 7PM Nashville WZTV Friday 10/22 7PM Norfolk WTVZ Friday 10/22 8PM Oklahoma City KOKH Friday 10/22 7PM Paducah KBSI Friday 10/22 7PM Pensacola/Mobile WEAR Friday 10/22 7PM Peoria WYZZ Friday 10/22 7PM Pittsburgh WPGH Friday 10/22 8PM Portland WGME Friday 10/22 8PM Raleigh WLFL Friday 10/22 8PM Richmond WRLH Friday 10/22 8PM Rochester WUHF Friday 10/22 8PM Sacramento KOVR Friday 10/22 7PM St. Louis KDNL Friday 10/22 7PM San Antonio KABB Friday 10/22 7PM Springfield, MA WGGB Friday 10/22 8PM Springfield, IL WICS Friday 10/22 7PM Syracuse WSYT Friday 10/22 8PM Tallahassee WTWC Friday 10/22 8PM Tampa WTTA Friday 10/22 8PM Tri Cities WEMT Friday 10/22 8PM
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