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The far-Right Sinclair Broadcast Group's monopolist media takeover

How did they begin, and what are their ambitions?


Julian Sinclair Smith was born in Baltimore, 1921…

As an Electrical-Engineering student, Julian worked with A.M. Radio, at one of Baltimore’s largest stations.

In 1958, Julian Smith was able to see the advent of F.M. Radio, and applied for a broadcasting license from the FCC. Making the first transceivers at his parents home, his first F.M. Radio station began broadcasting classical music 2 years later.

Through the 1960’s, the engineer could see a coming boom in UHF television broadcast capabilities, and saw a gap where he thought that the Sinclair brand had a chance to fill; and eventually launched WBFF-TV, now known as Fox-45 in 1971.

WBFF and WNUV's combined studio and office facility, 2007 in Baltimore

WBFF and WNUV's combined studio and office facility, 2007 in Baltimore

This was the beginning of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group, and the start of an acquisition campaign that did not cease, and Julian Smith remained active within the corporation until his death in 1993; when the budding sex-offender David Deniston Smith took the helm of the corporation.

On Tuesday, August 13, 1996, married-man David Deniston Smith was arrested for “committing an unnatural and perverted sex act” in a Sinclair Broadcasting Group-owned Mercedes Benz. Held overnight, he was charged and released on bail at 2pm on the following day.

It is unclear if the prostitute arrested with him was offered the same leniency—she was cooperating with police in a prostitution sting—she had assisted officer Gary Bowman by identifying “her regular date driving in the area” before exiting the police car, and entering the Mercedes before the arrest.

David Deniston Smith, in 2016

David Deniston Smith, in 2016

Growing the Sinclair Broadcast Groups reach, David went on a purchasing-binge, building “Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. into the largest owner of television stations in the U.S.” According to the Baltimore Business Journal.

Only the FCC and anti-monopoly laws held their ambitions back—that was until they had a “friend” take over the FCC—Mr. Agit V. Pai—who has rolled back many regulations that were preventing corporations from having too much of a majority stake in communications…

A parallel to Donald Trump’s anti-environment, science-denying pick that now rules over the EPA, Ajit Pai has been a great asset to those who wish to monopolise media and control the flow of information.

Ajit V. Pai, FCC

Ajit V. Pai, FCC

The New York Times used Freedom Of Information to access details of a meeting that David Smith attended with Ajit Pai, where they eased restrictions on many of the few protections holding Sinclair from purchasing Tribune Media; effectively giving the corporation a ridiculously large stake in media control in the United States.

Soon, many of these logo's and seals will be history...

Soon, many of these logo's and seals will be history...

This is an ongoing series about Sinclair, and their rise and ambition to become the KCNA of the United States…


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