New Frontiers in Right-Wing Propaganda



When I first started drawing political cartoons around the turn of the millennium, it seemed like informed people were more overtly appalled by FOX News and the abdication of journalistic standards it represented. Sure, progressives still snark about FOX on Twitter, but in some ways, it has become normalized, just one “side” in a world where every fact, no matter how empirically-derived, must be viewed through the lens of “both sides.”

Enter Sinclair Broadcasting’s proposed takeover of a huge segment of the local TV news market. Trump campaign spokesgoon Boris Epshteyn has hopped straight from the White House to the role of “Chief Political Analyst” for Sinclair news affiliates. And he’s penning op-ed columns too. Here’s one on the website for the local ABC station in Washington, DC in support of Trump’s policy of militarizing the police.

I highly recommend John Oliver’s segment on Sinclair for a more in-depth look at this catastrophe in the making.



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  • ACounter

    This cartoon reminds me that until 1987, there was an FCC rule called the Fairness Doctrine that required that controversial issues be addressed by the media and that there must be an effort to include different points of view on these issues. So the trend has been for media to stop being a public forum and to become more and more a bullhorn for the fewer and fewer people who own the media companies.

    From Wikipedia:
    “The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was — in the Commission’s view — honest, equitable, and balanced. The FCC, which was believed to have been under pressure from then President Ronald Reagan[citation needed], eliminated the Doctrine in 1987. The FCC formally removed the language that implemented the Doctrine, in August 2011.”
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairness_Doctrine

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

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