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Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 12:01 am

REASON 1,236,748 TO READ NEWSPAPERS

As we brace for the liar-in-chief-elect to take office, Politico last week revealed that Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of WICS television in Springfield, struck a deal with the Trump campaign, while Hillary was still a player, that’s straight from the Darth Vader side of journalism: If you promise not to comment on anything the candidate says, Trump will grant interviews to local anchors. Sounds good, Sinclair said, and so Trump was free to say anything he liked without being asked, “Gee, how could you possibly make Mexico pay for that wall?” Sinclair sees nothing wrong with such an arrangement. “Our commitment to our viewers is to go beyond the podium, beyond the rhetoric,” Scott “George Orwell” Livingston, Sinclair’s vice president of news, told Politico. “We’re all about tracking the truth and telling the truth and that’s typically missing in most political coverage.” Livingston went on to say that this sort of thing is SOP at Sinclair, the nation’s biggest owner of local television stations. “It was a standard package, but an extended package, extended story, where you’d hear more directly from the candidate on the issue instead of hearing all the spin and all the rhetoric,” Livingston said. Informed sources say that politicians ranging from Michael Madigan to Bruce Rauner to Jim Langfelder have printed up wallet-sized copies of Livingston’s remarks to hand out to Sinclair reporters who have the temerity to ask questions during interviews or press conferences.

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