A producer has resigned from his job at a Kearney TV station over what he calls "obvious bias" by owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, CNN is reporting.
Justin Simmons told CNNMoney that he gave notice at KHGI — known as NTV — on March 26 after Sinclair ordered anchors at its nearly 200 local stations to read a statement expressing concern about "the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing the country." Some outlets publish these "fake stories" without checking facts first and some people in the media push their own biases, the statement said.
Simmons told CNNMoney that he had been concerned about Sinclair's corporate mandates for the past year and a half, and the promos were just the final straw.
"This is almost forcing local news anchors to lie to their viewers," he said, according to the report.
Over the weekend, a video with dozens of Sinclair news anchors reading the "fake stories" script put in stark visual terms what for weeks had largely been an academic debate.
The 98-second video, posted on Deadspin, has been viewed by millions of people and provoked a tweet by President Donald Trump supporting the corporation Monday.