Sinclair's Stolen Honor
Friday, October 15, 2004
The Sinclair Broadcast Group has ordered its 62 local TV stations to preempt their usual programming for a commercial-free airing of "Stolen Honor," a documentary critical of John Kerry. Criticism from Kerry supporters was swift, and activists have targeted local advertisers with a boycott campaign. Sinclair may be guilty of trying to influence the election outcome, but is it doing anything illegal? Brooke sorts through the morass of election season broadcast regulations with Andrew Jay Schwartzman, executive director of the Media Access Project.