Lockheed Martin-Funded Experts Agree: South Korea Needs More Lockheed Martin Missiles

8 May 2017 — FAIR

THAAD anti-missile test (photo: DoD/Lockheed Martin)

The THAAD anti-missile system sure is great, say analysts whose salaries are partly paid for by THAAD’s manufacturer. (photo: DoD/Lockheed Martin)

As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to rise, one think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), has become a ubiquitous voice on the topic of missile defense, providing Official-Sounding Quotes to dozens of reporters in Western media outlets. All of these quotes speak to the urgent threat of North Korea and how important the United States’s deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system is to South Korea: Continue reading

Media: Trump Uses Power of FCC to Pay Back Friends at Sinclair Broadcasting

8 May 2017 — FAIR

Sinclair Broadcast GroupThis morning  Sinclair Broadcast Group, the conservative media behemoth that owns more local news stations than any other company in the country, just got even bigger.  It announced it was buying Tribune Media for $3.9 billion, creating what Bloomberg (5/8/17) calls a “TV goliath.”

The purchase, which gives Sinclair a staggering reach of  nearly 69 percent  of the US population (Free Press, 5/8/17), would’ve been in  violation of ownership restrictions just weeks ago.  But last month, the Trump-appointed FCC chair, Ajit Pai, reinstated the “UHF discount,” an outdated loophole that allowed media conglomerates to exceed the nation’s 39 percent cap on ownership (New York Post, 4/20/17). Sinclair made a $420 million deal to buy Bonten Media Group (Baltimore Sun, 4/21/17) the very next day.

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