Free Speech, Freedom From Job
The Washington bureau chief of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Jon Lieberman spoke out, (and got fired
) because he said, "I feel so strongly that our credibility is at issue here. . . . I feel our company is trying to sway this election. ...Call it commentary, call it an editorial . . . but don't call it news," Lieberman said. He added: "Viewers aren't going to trust us if we call it news. . . . I couldn't be part of this special and call it news when what it is is political propaganda."
This should really help Sinclair's stock
I like what Majikthise
has to say:
"As legal persons, corporations have a right to free expression. However, Sinclair is also a publicly traded company. Therefore, the company's directors have a legal responsibility to the shareholders to put profits first. The directors simply have no right to knowingly sacrifice profit for any principle. As Matt points out, Sinclair's management is either unwilling or unable to follow their prime directive.
The corporate profit imperative may ultimately doom the human race, but it gives me a certain grim satisfaction to see it cut both ways."
posted by Cyndy