Numerous times in the past I’ve accused the media of biased, pro-HOA and anti-member news that misrepresents the facts about HOA-Land, misleading their viewers. I’ve argued that there is an “unspoken alliance of ‘no negatives abut HOAs’” involving the media.
Today, the revelations that Sinclair media ownership mandated news to be aired by its stationed across the country tells it all. Trump’s support for a merger with the Tribune company, another large media firm, is dangerous as it will affect 74% of the news outlets. It has been reported that Sinclair’s news anchors had to read the same script about fake new, verbatim, 9 times in a day. Dangerous, very dangerous for a free and open society that’s necessary for the healthy functioning of a democracy.
I complained to several Arizona TV stations to no avail. Especially those smiling, laughing, joking ‘bobbing heads’ who dared to proclaim the corporate line that they tell the whole truth, that they ask the hard questions, and that you can trust them. Yea, right! They are just pawns in the bigger political game, collecting their paychecks.
There are conscientious reporters like Judy Thomas of the KC Star who tried to do what’s right, but ran into the corporate bias wall.
It should be no surprise that HOA-Land news is also under the thumb of private, corporate special interests. Where are the these media corporations getting the lowdown on HOAs? Can you guess? Who is the dominant, single national entity that lobbies state legislatures and issues tons of self-promoting propaganda for media consumption? Yep, you guessed it!