Should Den­ver TV view­ers be wor­ried about con­ser­va­tive Sin­clair?

The Denver Post - - OPINION -

Re: “Right-lean­ing group eyes lo­cal sta­tions in new deal,” July 13 news story.

Tri­bune Me­dia Com­pany, which owns Den­ver TV sta­tions KDVR and KWGN, might be pur­chased by Sin­clair Broad­cast Group. What will we ever do if we metro Den­ver cit­i­zens can choose to ex­pose our­selves to real news, maybe even con­tam­i­nate our­selves with truth?

Holy can­noli, we might hear about con­sti­tu­tional pu­rity and the tired old post-World War II val­ues of pa­tri­o­tism, re­li­gious free­dom, free­dom of speech, strong fam­i­lies, morals, rev­er­ence for God, and re­spect for all cre­ated hu­man life. Worse yet, we might ac­tu­ally hear that we can think for our­selves, and that we who are able can work hard so we can vol­un­tar­ily help the poor and dis­abled, stay healthy and not make so­ci­ety pay for the re­sults of our ex­cesses.

Worst of all, Sin­clair will prob­a­bly do the op­po­site of what CNN, MSNBC and other net­works have made the norm: “weav­ing con­ser­va­tive com­men­tary into lo­cal news­casts” (oh the hor­ror). Ob­vi­ously what we need here is a safe space.

Robert E. Dixon, Lit­tle­ton

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Joanne Ostrow wor­ries about the con­se­quences of the right-lean­ing Sin­clair Broad­cast Group pur­chas­ing the Tri­bune Me­dia Com­pany and 42 lo­cal TV sta­tions. She states that “From a jour­nal­is­tic stand­point, the dic­tat­ing of ed­i­to­rial con­tent by a dis­tant owner is wor­ri­some.” What she fails to note is that a large num­ber of me­dia out­lets are left-lean­ing and owned and op­er­ated by left-lean­ing in­di­vid­u­als. There­fore, the em­ploy­ees of these sta­tions are not sub­ject to “must-runs.” Whether left-lean­ing or rightlean­ing, the own­ers of the these sta­tions have ev­ery right to re­port the news the way they see fit. This is not wrong and just hap­pens to be the way it is. In­di­vid­u­als who can’t ac­cept this have the right to seek other work, or maybe stick around and check the opin­ions of the other side.

As to 9News an­chor Kyle Clark’s com­ment — “Me­thinks Den­ver TV view­ers aren’t go­ing to love this” — I dis­agree. I think the com­pe­ti­tion will be good for every­one.

Larry Dorner, Aurora

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