The Sinclair revelation: media control of HOA news

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.[1] I’ve argued that there is an “unspoken alliance of ‘no negatives abut HOAs’” involving the media.[2]

Today, the revelations that Sinclair media ownership mandated news to be aired by its stationed across the country tells it all.[3]  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[4] 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!

References

[1] See examples: Arizona Republic: A new low in media ethics and a violation of the public trust. (2007); Continued national HOA problems and the failure of the media (2007).

[2] Good night and very good luck – the unspoken media HOA alliance (2012);  HOA-Land success aided by the failure of investigative reporting (2017).

[3] Sinclair Made Dozens of Local News Anchors Recite the Same Script (NY Times).

[4] KC Star: problem with HOA? Don’t go to CAI (2016).  Excellent series, but failing to address substantive  constitutional issues.

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"The Voice for HOA Constitutionality". I have been a long-term homeowner rights authority, advocate and author of "The HOA-Land Nation Within America" (2019) and" Establishing the New America of independent HOA principalities" (2008). See HOA Constitutional Government at http://pvtgov.org. My efforts with HOAs took me to a broader concern that was deeply affecting the constituionality of HOAs. Those broad societal and plotical concerns caused me to start this new blog for my commentaries on the State of the New America.

3 thoughts on “The Sinclair revelation: media control of HOA news”

  1. You are right about the “unspoken alliance of ‘no negatives about HOAs.” I wrote an article years ago in Utah about some of the HOA unfair practices and how members were not being heard–I was told straight out–“A large portion of our ad revenue comes from the real estate section, so we can never publsih this.” It’s no secrete to writers.

  2. Back in 2012 when I had all the problems with my HOA board, I went to the Scottsdsale Independent. Reporter Terrance Thornton spent several hours interviewing me and wrote a great story. Unfortunately, his editor canned the whole story because Beth Mulcahy, CAI attorney, threatened to sue the paper if anything was published about the corrupt board at the Venetian Condominiums. Consequently, this now defunked board, got away with stealing $70,000 and never got charged with the theft of their own financial records. I still have two years to expose these fraudulent people who were the quorum of the board. It is a slow process to get any kind of justice in HOA government let alone getting it exposed in the media.

  3. I turn my radio on every evening … I go to bed with it, hear it when I wake up in the middle of the night, and when I wake in the morning. After decades of doing this, the one thing that I am solidly convinced of is that each talking head is given the same script regardless of the station. The talk show hosts do not speak for themselves and we are told what Clear Channel wants us to know. We are pawns. Nothing more.

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