The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

19 October 2004

Sinclair retreats, maybe

I'm not quite sure what to make of Sinclair's announcement that they will not broadcast Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal in its entirety after all.

In its place, some 40 of Sinclair's 62 stations will air a one-hour program titled "A POW Story: Politics, Pressure and the Media," which, from the sound of it, will incorporate some footage from Stolen Honor.

While there's no indication that Sinclair advertisers were defecting in substantial numbers, Sinclair common stock has dropped by a sixth over the past seven trading days.

Kevin Aylward asks reasonably:

The blog left assures us that their objection to Sinclair airing the documentary was an alleged abuse of the public airwaves. Since they've made the case that cable and PPV were different than Sinclair's broadcast stations, they should be all in favor of one of the hundreds of cable channels (such as C-SPAN) showing the 45 minute documentary, right?

Sinclair's official announcement, complete with the list of stations airing the "POW Story" broadcast, is here.

(Update, 20 October, 2:45 pm: JimK at RightThoughts has seen Stolen Honor and reports.)

Posted at 9:11 PM to Dyssynergy


Sinclair retreats, no. They're actually going ahead with the original plan, which was all along to air their own news report on the documentary, with clips from it -- not the whole documentary. I distinctly remember this description when the original controversy erupted.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:55 PM on 19 October 2004

Which has always been their insistence, at least at their Web site. Under the circumstances, I don't blame them for having been slightly vague about it; it left them legitimate openings for just about any move they might make.

Although frankly, I think it might have been instructive to show the whole thing as a unit.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:33 AM on 20 October 2004

Can't argue with that.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:37 AM on 20 October 2004