The ABC Television network announced on Tuesday that the Friday, April 30th edition of “Nightline” will consist entirely of Ted Koppel reading aloud the names of U.S. servicemen and women killed in action in Iraq. Despite the denials by a spokeswoman for the show the action appears to be motivated by a political agenda designed to undermine the efforts of the United States in Iraq.
While the Sinclair Broadcast Group honors the memory of the brave members of the military who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our country, we do not believe such political statements should be disguised as news content. As a result, we have decided to preempt the broadcast of “Nightline” this Friday on each of our stations which air ABC programming.
We understand that our decision in this matter may be questioned by some. Before you judge our decision, however, we would ask that you first question Mr. Koppel as to why he chose to read the names of the 523 troops killed in combat in Iraq, rather than the names of the thousands of private citizens killed in terrorists attacks since and including the events of September 11, 2001. In his answer, you will find the real motivation behind his action scheduled for this Friday.
Funny thing...I do remember some stations did run the names of the confirmed dead from the September 11th attacks here in Washington and New York. I'm pretty sure ABC News did this once as well. So I say that excuse doesn't fly.
But then again, Sinclair wishes in its soul to be the official propaganda arm of the Bush Administration. They converted most of their stations to a ridiculous NewsCentral pseudo-local format in which most of their "local news" program is produced in a studio near Baltimore, MD. And they play the official Armageddon News Music of Doom, too.