Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Sinclair Broadcast Group
July 6, 2017 12:27 AM - Season 4, Episode 18 - Subscribe
- Trump's travel ban is partially-reinstated by the Supreme Court in anticipation of its upcoming full review to not affect refugees with a "credible claim of a bona-fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," which Trump's State Department took the opportunity to define narrowly to immediate and a select few extended family members, not including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins or brothers or sisters-in-law. YouTube (5m partial)
- And Now: CBS 2 Meteorologist John Elliott Engages in a Bit Too Much Self-Deprecation
- Main Story: The dangers posed by Sinclair ownership of television stations filling local news reports with Fox News-style propaganda, including "must run" conservative pieces. LWT produced a short piece that Tribune stations that might be acquired by Sinclair could air to warn viewers about upcoming biased content that may appear there. YouTube (19m)
- News that Rachel Maddow bought a wax figure of President Eisenhower from the closed Hall of Presidents and First Ladies in Gettysburg, Steven Colbert bought Zachary Taylor, Jon Steward bought Martin Van Buren, and LWT bought five President statues: Nixon, Clinton, Carter, Harrison and Warren G. Harding, that last one of which became the main character of a movie trailer LWT made, with Campbell Scott, Anna Kendrick, Michael McKean, James Cromwell and Laura Linney. YouTube (9m)
Donald Trump: "The 'Bachelor in Paradise' of American Presidents."
Sarah Huckabee-Sanders: "The least-amusing cast member in a direct-to-DVD , faith-based romantic comedy."
Tucker Carlson: "Human lacrosse stick"
Boris Epstein: "[...]a rejected extra
F.37: "Ooois Aaahum," 4th OF JULY
The Hill: Cour order may hold up Sinclair purchase of Tribute TV stations -- a holdup due to a court-issued stay on the acquisition
Variety: Sinclair Broadcast Group Sets $3.9 Billion Deal to Acquire Tribune Media -- reveals that Sinclair will go heavily into debt to purchase the stations, and the deal was hastened by the lax regulatory environment of Trump's FCC.
NYTimes: Sinclair Unveils Tribune Deal, Raising Worries It Will Be Too Powerful -- Echoes LWT's concerns that Sinclair will become another Fox News, but one that people must rely upon for some of their local news coverage. It also notes the possibility that Sinclair may well hire Bill O'Reilly as a commentator.