CNN outraged at Sinclair-owned local news stations for interviewing doctor at heart of ‘Plandemic’ conspiracy theory
Dr Judy Mikovits is the star of ‘Plandemic,’ a conspiracy documentary claiming that Covid-19 is a ploy by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases head Dr Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates to poison the masses with vaccines and get rich doing so. The film has been pulled from YouTube, censored in internet searches, and denounced by almost every single mainstream media outlet.
Mikovits, however, will appear on hundreds of local news outlets owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group this weekend, during a segment of ‘America This Week’, hosted by Eric Bolling.
Her appearance alone rubbed CNN the wrong way. In an article slamming Sinclair for airing such a “baseless conspiracy theory,” CNN hammered Bolling for allowing Mikovits to “continue to make her case” without pushing back enough. CNN even texted both Bolling and Mikovits’ fellow guest Larry Klayman, a lawyer who backed up her claims, to ask them about the segment.
Taking a page from the Media Matters playbook, CNN asked Bolling if he had any “second thoughts” about airing the segment. Bolling simply replied “I don’t second guess my producers and bookers.”
Online, CNN’s liberal viewership clamored for a boycott of Sinclair. Some even demanded that anyone spreading such “dangerously false propaganda” be imprisoned.
Sinclair Broadcast Group spreads lie that Dr. Fauci created COVID-19. Who believes this kind of absurd filth?— A Worried Citizen (@ThePubliusUSA) July 25, 2020
I hear Sinclair stations are about to air dangerously false propaganda in the form of Plandemic. Here’s a state by state list of Sinclair owned stations so you can boycott and start petitioning advertisers. https://t.co/62iQcGgvsi— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) July 25, 2020
Any advertiser on Sinclair networks is funding dangerous public health disinformation. https://t.co/1K1LJYvtDw— Joshua Zeitz (@JoshuaMZeitz) July 25, 2020
CNN’s gripe with Bolling seemed to stem from the fact that he didn’t appropriately ridicule Mikovits. Bolling did call her claim “hefty,” and afterwards interviewed Dr Nicole Saphier, a medical contributor for Fox News. Both Bolling and Saphier agreed on air that it was “highly unlikely” that Dr Fauci created the coronavirus, calling the allegation a “conspiracy theory.”
Whatever its standing in the information war, CNN is losing the ratings war against Sinclair and its affiliates. Local broadcasters like the 294 owned or operated by Sinclair and its subsidiaries draw in five times as many primetime viewers as cable networks like CNN. Among these local broadcasters, Sinclair is king, reaching 40 percent of American households.
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