Sinclair is forcing its stations to run a commentary segment that's essentially a Trump campaign ad - 2019-06-20
The local news behemoth currently employs two commentators -- one pro-Trump and one liberal -- who each produce a "must-run" commentary segment on a near-daily basis. The segments are distributed to Sinclair's local news stations across the country, and the stations are required to air them within a certain period of time, typically during a local newscast. The June 19 commentary segments from Boris Epshteyn and Ameshia Cross tackled President Donald Trump's reelection campaign launch ploy in Orlando.
Epshteyn, who worked on Trump's 2016 campaign and may have signed a nondisparagement agreement during that time that would prevent him from criticizing the president, delivered a 90-second segment that could just as easily have been produced by the Trump campaign itself.