The number of news networks that the Sinclair Broadcast Group has acquired risks skewing the media with its agenda and hurts the quality of information that the American people are exposed to, asserts John Nichols of The Nation. It has been accused of routinely telling its networks what kind of content to put out, often along a right-wing narrative. Local broadcasters are an important asset to America's media diversity. Offering commentary that is independent from mainstream voices is hugely valuable. Companies like Sinclair gobbling up smaller outlets is bad for American democracy and needs to be prevented through smart regulation.
A lot of the criticism lobbed at the Sinclair Broadcast Group is exaggerated and stems from it not adhering to left-wing ideals, believes George Neumayr of the American Spectator. Much of the mainstream media has a liberal bias. From NPR to PBS, opinions tend to lean towards the left, rather than the right. The widespread criticism of President Trump is one example of many outlets speaking in unison. MSNBC and CNN are also owned by Jeff Zucker, who owns a vast media empire that tends to cover issues from a liberal perspective. Criticism of Sinclair is unfair and motivated by left-wing anger at conservative ideas being able to spread.