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We know the media is beholden to corporate interests, but this one takes the cake — and why regulation of stations is woefully and dangerously inadequate. Conservative TV group to air anti-Kerry film, preempt prime-time shows:

Sinclair Broadcast Group, a conservative television conglomerate whose television outlets reach nearly a quarter of the nation’s homes, is ordering its stations to preempt regular programming just days before the Nov. 2 election to air a film that attacking Sen. John F. Kerry’s position on the Vietnam War, network executives told the L.A. Times Friday. Experts call the move highly unusual.

Already, a move is being made to convince Sinclair to change their decision by putting pressure on Sinclair advertisers, with a “Boycott Sinclair advertisers” blog at http://boycottsinclair.blogspot.com.

Sinclair’s programming plan, communicated to executives in recent days and coming in the thick of a close and intense presidential race, is highly unusual even in a political season that has been marked by media controversies.

Sinclair has told its stations — many of them in political swing states such as Ohio and Florida — to air “Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal,” sources said. The film, funded by Pennsylvania veterans and produced by a veteran and former Washington Times reporter, features former POWs accusing Kerry — a decorated Navy veteran turned war protester — of worsening their ordeal by prolonging the war. Sinclair will preempt regular prime-time programming from the networks to show the film, which may be classified as news programming, according to TV executives familiar with the plan.

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Pam Spaulding

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