Sinclair Broadcast Group, the massive local conservative broadcaster that’s been criticized for pushing Pro-Trump talking points, has been hiring a slew of ex-mainstream news anchors as it pushes into national news coverage. It’s also reportedly in the running to buy up a handful of Fox’s regional sports networks. Sinclair’s hiring spree suggests that it’s looking to position itself as a national news competitor to Fox News ahead of the 2020 election, and as an overall competitor to big broadcasters with its foray into sports coverage.
The White House on Tuesday ordered administration officials to boycott the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an annual fundraising gala attended by the White House press corps and scheduled for this Saturday.
The May 19 event will be broadcast live from Claremont, N.H. Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace will moderate.
Reporters have long approached White House press secretary Sarah Sanders with a trust-but-verify attitude, knowing full well that Sanders is tasked with spinning some of the more unspinnable statements made by her boss, President Trump. But with the publication of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report last week, Sanders’s credibility among the people who cover her has been stretched about as taut as a violin string.
The cable channel, which recently celebrated the its 40th anniversary, is seeing its founder and chairman Brian Lamb retire. On May 19, Lamb will also finish his Sunday night interview program that he’s been hosting for 30 years.