Sinclair in the crosshairs

Sinclair Broadcasting, owner of 62 TV stations in several battleground states, plans to broadcast the documentary Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal this month on all of its affiliates. The film features several Vietnam veterans (all former prisoners of war, two of them Medal of Honor recipients) criticizing John Kerry for his anti-war activities.

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Sinclair CEO David Smith gave the broadcast order to the company’s affiliates recently, and the Democratic National Committee immediately sat up and took notice. The DNC will file a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission alleging Sinclair’s action would be an illegal in-kind contribution to the Bush/Cheney campaign. No word yet on any DNC complaints about in-kind contributions from Dan Rather or the Associated Press.
For a dose of the obligatory leftist handwringing, see this editorial from The Nation, as reprinted by … wait for it … CBS News.

UPDATE (Oct 13, 1:14 AM): Instapundit rounds up the best blog posts on Sinclair vs. the DNC. Hat tip: Wizbang!

  1. Hmmm. Maybe Soros and Moore will get together and get Fahrenheit 9/11 broadcast on one of the Super Stations a week before the election. People may not be violating the letter of the law but the spirit of it surely isn’t in their best interest.

  2. Funny you should mention that.

  3. C’mon, you can hardly put pay per view television on the same level with broadcast. My best guess is that the DNC will get a stay against Sinclair and the broadcast will not be allowed to air until after the election. According to the new campaign finance architecture, I would say that would be a fair assessment.
    After this is all over I would love to see Moore, The Swift Vets, and whoever is behind this movie, taken out and flogged.

  4. All talk of fairness aside, this whole campaign finance “reform” mess sucks big time. The Congress was foolish (if self-intrestedly wise) to enact it, President Bush was foolish to sign it, and the Supreme Court was utterly derelict in upholding it. It’s clearly a violation of the 1st Amendment.

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