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Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs – NumbersUSA.com

World Population (2018 and historical)
Year (July 1) Population Fertility Rate
2018 7,632,819,325 2.51
2017 7,550,262,101 2.51
2016 7,466,964,280 2.51
2015 7,383,008,820 2.52

Current World Population

7,613,082,029
TODAY
Births today
276,943
Deaths today
114,708
Population Growth today
162,235
THIS YEAR
Births this year
36,144,462
Deaths this year
14,970,759
Population Growth this year
21,173,704
TOP 20 LARGEST COUNTRIES BY POPULATION (LIVE)
1  China1,413,722,294
2  India1,350,481,626
3  U.S.A.326,213,674
4  Indonesia266,122,047
5  Brazil210,489,231
6  Pakistan199,899,283
7  Nigeria194,670,837
8  Bangladesh165,960,538
9  Russia143,970,696
10  Mexico130,375,794
11  Japan127,256,776
12  Ethiopia106,913,011
13  Philippines106,128,823
14  Egypt98,936,954
15  Vietnam96,263,097
16  D.R. Congo83,360,050
17  Germany82,250,574
18  Iran81,807,979
19  Turkey81,635,187
20  Thailand

U.S. Population (LIVE)

326,213,754
United States Population (1950 – 2018)

1970197019801980199019902000200020102010100,000,000100,000,000200,000,000200,000,000300,000,000300,000,000U.S.A. PopulationU.S.A. Population

Date U.S.A. Population
1950 158,804,395
1951 160,905,035
1952 163,324,851
1953 165,988,190
1954 168,827,613
1955 171,783,842
1956 174,805,941
1957 177,851,156
1958 180,884,458
1959 183,877,873
1960 186,808,228
1961 189,654,905
1962 192,397,741
1963 195,016,211
1964 197,491,844
1965 199,815,540
1966 201,975,222
1967 203,981,928
1968 205,880,418
1969 207,733,004
1970 209,588,150
1971 211,461,598
1972 213,351,773
1973 215,268,687
1974 217,218,393
1975 219,205,296
1976 221,239,215
1977 223,324,042
1978 225,449,657
1979 227,599,878
1980 229,763,052
1981 231,938,963
1982 234,132,632
1983 236,344,004
1984 238,573,861
1985 240,824,120
1986 243,098,935
1987 245,402,864
1988 247,739,582
1989 250,113,187
1990 252,529,950
1991 254,974,819
1992 257,454,273
1993 260,020,186
1994 262,741,566
1995 265,658,849
1996 268,803,424
1997 272,136,551
1998 275,542,603
1999 278,862,277
2000 281,982,778
2001 284,852,391
2002 287,506,847
2003 290,027,624
2004 292,539,324
2005 295,129,501
2006 297,827,356
2007 300,595,175
2008 303,374,067
2009 306,076,362
2010 308,641,391
2011 311,051,373
2012 313,335,423
2013 315,536,676
2014 317,718,779
2015 319,929,162
2016 322,179,605
2017 324,459,463
2018 326,766,748
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)

1960196019701970198019801990199020002000201020100.50.51.01.01.51.5Yearly Growth Rate (%)Yearly Growth Rate (%)

Date Yearly Growth Rate (%)
1951 1.32
1952 1.5
1953 1.63
1954 1.71
1955 1.75
1956 1.76
1957 1.74
1958 1.71
1959 1.65
1960 1.59
1961 1.52
1962 1.45
1963 1.36
1964 1.27
1965 1.18
1966 1.08
1967 0.99
1968 0.93
1969 0.9
1970 0.89
1971 0.89
1972 0.89
1973 0.9
1974 0.91
1975 0.91
1976 0.93
1977 0.94
1978 0.95
1979 0.95
1980 0.95
1981 0.95
1982 0.95
1983 0.94
1984 0.94
1985 0.94
1986 0.94
1987 0.95
1988 0.95
1989 0.96
1990 0.97
1991 0.97
1992 0.97
1993 1
1994 1.05
1995 1.11
1996 1.18
1997 1.24
1998 1.25
1999 1.2
2000 1.12
2001 1.02
2002 0.93
2003 0.88
2004 0.87
2005 0.89
2006 0.91
2007 0.93
2008 0.92
2009 0.89
2010 0.84
2011 0.78
2012 0.73
2013 0.7
2014 0.69
2015 0.7
2016 0.7
2017 0.71
2018 0.71
CountryContinentWorld
  • The current population of the United States of America is 326,204,292 as of Wednesday, April 4, 2018, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • The United States population is equivalent to 4.28% of the total world population.
  • The U.S.A. ranks number 3 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in the United States is 36 per Km2 (93 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 9,147,420 Km2 (3,531,837 sq. miles)
  • 83.7 % of the population is urban (273,368,693 people in 2018)
  • The median age in the United States is 37.8 years.

Population of the United States (2018 and historical)

Year Population Yearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban
Pop %
Urban Population Country’s Share of
World Pop
World Population U.S.
Global Rank
2018 326,766,748 0.71 % 2,307,285 900,000 37.8 1.88 36 82.8 % 273,368,693 4.28 % 7,632,819,325 3
2017 324,459,463 0.71 % 2,279,858 900,000 37.8 1.88 35 83.4 % 270,683,202 4.30 % 7,550,262,101 3
2016 322,179,605 0.70 % 2,250,443 900,000 37.8 1.88 35 83.2 % 268,012,791 4.31 % 7,466,964,280 3
2015 319,929,162 0.72 % 2,257,554 900,000 37.6 1.88 35 82.9 % 265,360,990 4.33 % 7,383,008,820 3
2010 308,641,391 0.90 % 2,702,378 1,006,738 36.9 2.05 34 81.7 % 252,209,506 4.44 % 6,958,169,159 3
2005 295,129,501 0.92 % 2,629,345 1,041,308 36.1 2.04 32 80.8 % 238,319,271 4.51 % 6,542,159,383 3
2000 281,982,778 1.20 % 3,264,786 1,722,415 35.2 2.00 31 79.8 % 224,992,587 4.59 % 6,145,006,989 3
1995 265,658,849 1.02 % 2,625,780 903,362 34.0 2.03 29 77.9 % 207,079,744 4.62 % 5,751,474,416 3
1990 252,529,950 0.95 % 2,341,166 685,748 32.8 1.91 28 75.9 % 191,644,695 4.74 % 5,330,943,460 3
1985 240,824,120 0.94 % 2,212,214 680,452 31.4 1.80 26 74.8 % 180,179,769 4.94 % 4,873,781,796 3
1980 229,763,052 0.95 % 2,111,551 785,362 30.0 1.77 25 73.9 % 169,727,449 5.15 % 4,458,411,534 3
1975 219,205,296 0.90 % 1,923,429 588,099 29.0 2.03 24 73.7 % 161,622,360 5.37 % 4,079,087,198 3
1970 209,588,150 0.96 % 1,954,522 309,893 28.4 2.54 23 73.7 % 154,485,268 5.66 % 3,700,577,650 3
1965 199,815,540 1.36 % 2,601,462 192,085 30.3 3.31 22 71.8 % 143,531,680 5.98 % 3,339,592,688 3
1960 186,808,228 1.69 % 3,004,877 422,460 29.8 3.58 20 69.8 % 130,444,993 6.16 % 3,033,212,527 3
1955 171,783,842 1.58 % 2,595,889 192,085 30.3 3.31 19 66.8 % 114,808,661 6.20 % 2,772,242,535 3

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Migrant caravan abandons plan to travel to US border

AFP / VICTORIA RAZOCentral American migrants taking part in the “Migrant Via Crucis” caravan towards the United States chooses clothes from a donated pile as they camp at a sport complex in Matias Romero, Oaxaca

A caravan of Central American migrants whose trek across Mexico infuriated President Donald Trump has decided not to travel to the US border, leaders said Tuesday.

“We will wrap up our work in Mexico City,” said Irineo Mujica, the head of the migrant advocacy group People Without Borders (Pueblo sin Fronteras).

“We have support teams at the border if there are people who need assistance there, but they would have to travel on their own,” he told AFP in the town of Matias Romero, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.

The just over 1,000 migrants who currently make up the caravan — many traveling in families of up to 20 people — have been camped in the southern town since the weekend, deciding their next move in the face of daily attacks from Trump.

The Republican president vowed to send the US military to secure the border and threatened to axe the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if Mexico did not stop the caravan.

The caravan is in fact a yearly event whose goal is more to raise awareness about the plight of migrants than to reach the United States — though some participants have traveled to the border in the past.

Mujica said this year’s caravan was so large it would have been dangerous to travel to the border by train-hopping.

“There are too many children — 450 in all. There are lots of babies. Hopping the train, as we did in the past, would have been crazy,” he said.

The caravan now plans to travel to the central city of Puebla for a conference, then on to Mexico City for a series of demonstrations — and end its journey there.

The group, mainly Hondurans, also includes Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Nicaraguans, mostly fleeing the brutal gang violence that has made Central America home to some of the highest murder rates in the world.

Organizers say Mexican immigration authorities are working with the migrants to get them papers to stay in Mexico.

Mujica praised the Mexican government for its response.

“Donald Trump wanted the world to crush us, to erase our existence. But Mexico responded admirably and we thank the government for the way it handled this caravan,” he said

https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/migrant-caravan-abandons-plan-travel-us-border-doc-13p1ry3

Third Mexican town welcomes migrant ‘caravan,’ 400 miles closer to US

A logo for Pueblo Sin Fronteras' "Refugee Caravan."
A logo for Pueblo Sin Fronteras’ “Refugee Caravan.”

A caravan of some 1,500 Latin American migrants, welcomed into Mexico on their 1,900-mile trek to the United States where they plan to demand asylum, was welcomed by a third Mexican town 400 miles into their journey.

On Facebook, organizer Pueblo Sin Fronteras wrote, “Thanks to the community Matias Romero for his solidarity with the caravan viacrusis migrants in the fight.”

It also gave a PayPal account to offer donations. And Washington-based reporters reached out through the Facebook account for help covering the caravan.

On Twitter, it added, “Afternoon of laughter and play in Matias Romero. Caravan “Viacrusis migrants in the fight.”

The town is about 400 miles from the Mexican-Guatemalan border. When they crossed that border, the group praised Mexican authorities for stepping aside. A Facebook post cheered, “The Refugee Caravan knocking down borders yesterday in Huehuetan! Immigration agents abandoned the post when they knew we were coming. The people celebrated this first little victory!”

Two days later, on March 28, they were greeted by a second town, Arriaga, Chiapas, where received food and support. The group said on Facebook, “Day 3 of #viacrucismigrante2018: thanks to the pressure of community organization of our colleagues from the municipality of tonalá, Chiapas, representatives of the city council decided to support us with a pickup and food. Also came to challenge the challenge that the Mexican government installed on the road outside its town, and to ensure that we all get to arriaga.

“Thanks to the people of tonalá for their support!

“We are Pueblo Sin Fronteras, almost 1500 families fighting against the corruption of the governments of Central America, Mexico, and the United States, creating together the right to free and dignified transit for migrants.”

On Twitter, they added, “Thanks to the people of Arriaga, Chiapas, standing in solidarity with the migrants of the Refugee Caravan and offering them water to quench their thirst! #VivaMexico!”

President Trump has condemned the caravan and the help Mexico and Mexicans are giving to the migrants who are technically illegals in that country. Most come from Honduras.

The group said that it plans to reach Puebla, Mexico near Mexico City this week where they plan to meet with immigration officials about their needs. Many in the caravan claim they were abused back home.

report on their journey said that the migrants are headed to the U.S. to “demand an end to the political corruption in their cities, and dignity and the right to asylum from Mexico and the United States.”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/third-mexican-town-welcomes-migrant-caravan-400-miles-closer-to-us

Story 2: Big Lie Media — Fake News Junk Journalism Progressive Propaganda Upset About Sinclair Broadcast Group Must Run Announcements — Videos

 

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Sinclair Responds to Video Showing Dozens of Anchors Reading the Same Exact Script

By Chris Ariens Comment

CNN’s Brian Stelter got a hold of a memohe says is from Sinclair svp of news Scott Livingston, in which Livingston applauds employees for their award-winning work, while blasting Sinclair critics.

This news about TV news picked up steam over the weekend when Deadspin assembled a supercut showing dozens of local TV news anchors reading the same exact script, which was sent to them by Sinclair corporate. In it, the anchors call out “one-sided news stories,” and accuse “some media outlets” of publishing “fake stories without checking facts first.”

“I know many of you and your stations are now in the media spotlight after the launch of our corporate news journalistic responsibility promotional campaign,” Livingston writes. “There is a lot of noise out there about our company right now, and what is lacking in that analysis is something we constantly preach; context and perspective.”

One of points Livingston tries to make in his 1,100-word memo, is what some Sinclair critics seem to forget:

One thing the critics DO seem obsessed with is the roughly 8 minutes a week of clearly labelled commentary that Boris Epshteyn offers in our newscasts each week. The critics continue to say that his former affiliation with Republicans makes him a propagandist. But they never offer any perspective on Boris’ appearances. They never mention that ABC News Anchor George Stephanopoulos ran Bill Clinton’s Presidential campaign and served as a Senior Advisor to President Clinton for 4 years. Stephanopoulos now hosts an ABC political talk shows and co-anchors 10 hours of news a week for ABC. That is 10 hours of ‘must run’ content that all ABC affiliates must carry each week hosted by a former advisor to President Clinton. We have no problem with Mr. Stephanopoulos anchoring these newscasts, but think it is odd that Sinclair critics seem to express zero outrage over this. Critics never talk about Chris Matthews, who worked for prominent Washington Democrats, including President Carter, before becoming an NBC show host. Why don’t the critics of Boris’ at least offer this context? Why are they obsessed with the 8 minutes a week that Boris gets to offer clearly labelled commentary? Remember, no one is trying to hide Boris’ past political affiliations. We label him as a former Trump advisor. We are fully transparent about Boris.

Sinclair owns or operates 193 stations across the country, in mostly small and medium-sized markets. But it is in the process of acquiring Tribune Media which will add stations in the nation’s Top 7 markets.

http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/sinclair-responds-to-video-showing-dozens-of-anchors-reading-the-same-exact-script/360818

The real problem with Sinclair’s ‘fake’ news script

Sinclair Broadcast Group is in something of a bind. It wants to run an ideologically driven media outlet; it wants its 173 local TV stations to parrot its conservative pro-Trump corporate view; it wants uniformity. To accomplish all that, however, it must issue dictates.

That straightforward dynamic explains why the company is all over cable news on Monday: It recently sent a script to its stations with instruction to run it — in the words of local anchors. How did that play out? Just ask Deadspin, which put together a compilation video of just how the party line plays out in television markets across this great land. Exactly the same, that is.

Commentators are chewing over a number of questions raised by the “must-run” segment. What does it mean for the journalists in the Sinclair markets? Must they really say this stuff as if they mean it? To judge from Deadspin’s mash-up, um, yes. What does it mean for Sinclair’s planned merger with Tribune, a transaction under review by the federal government that would put Sinclair’s total station count over 200? Too much power? And what about the affinity between Sinclair and President Trump, whose loyalists do commentary on Sinclair’s air? The president recently tweeted:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased. Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.

All these threads are very much worth pursuing, yet let’s please not overlook the degree to which this script is a piece of garbage on its own terms. Here it is, via SeattlePI.com, with bolded commentary from the Erik Wemple Blog:

“Hi, I’m(A) ____________, and I’m (B) _________________…

(B) Our greatest responsibility is to serve our Northwest communities. [And yet we’ll now proceed to obsess over the work of the national news media.] We are extremely proud of the quality, balanced journalism that KOMO News produces.

(A) But we’re concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country. The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media. [We will provide no examples to illuminate this plague, but you know what we mean.]

(B) More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories … stories that just aren’t true, without checking facts first. [Bogus reporting has been part of journalism since journalism was born, but we won’t provide data or examples to illuminate why this bears pointing out in April 2018.]

(A) Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think.’ [Random and nonsensical quotation marks are a mainstay of the Trump era.] … This is extremely dangerous to a democracy. [Right — as is an unsupported, evidence-free slam against the country’s press.]

(B) At KOMO it’s our responsibility to pursue and report the truth. We understand Truth is neither politically ‘left nor right.’ Our commitment to factual reporting is the foundation of our credibility, now more than ever. [And it’s why we snatched up Chief Political Analyst Boris Epshteyn fresh off his stint in the Trump White House!]

(A) But we are human and sometimes our reporting might fall short. If you believe our coverage is unfair please reach out to us by going to KOMOnews.com and clicking on CONTENT CONCERNS. We value your comments. We will respond back to you.

(B) We work very hard to seek the truth and strive to be fair, balanced and factual. … We consider it our honor, our privilege to responsibly deliver the news every day.

(A) Thank you for watching and we appreciate your feedback.”

So: An editorial with no supporting evidence, no data, no argumentative beef. One hundred percent innuendo. No wonder Sinclair employees are freaking out about the thing.

To test the company’s commitment to responding to its audience, the Erik Wemple Blog asked the folks at KATU in Portland, Ore., for some examples of this scourge. We will post any feedback that we receive.

Sinclair Broadcast Group warns against fake news: should we worry?

The mission statement of Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation’s largest local TV owner, shouldn’t be all that chilling.

On the surface, the message, posted on the company’s website, should resonate with any proponent of the First Amendment.

“We produce compelling, engaging, informative newscasts.

Our stations hold public officials accountable, asking the tough questions that our viewers would ask.

Our newscasts have stories that make a difference.

The key to our success is content choices.

Our goal is simple: We alert, protect and empower our audience on all platforms.”

Holding public officials accountable – that’s what journalists do.

Ask tough questions – who else, but journalists, can and do?

Protect and empower – of course.

Who wouldn’t agree with that?

What’s chilling isn’t the democracy-themed statement, not on its surface. It’s that dozens of anchors reciting the same script last month, dictated apparently by the company, seemed to foreshadow something far more ominous than defending the First Amendment.

“Our greatest responsibility,” the standard script begins, “is to serve our … communities. We are extremely proud of the quality, balanced journalism that (local station) produces.

But we’re concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country. The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media.

More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories… stories that just aren’t true, without checking facts first.

Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think’…This is extremely dangerous to a democracy.”

Sinclair owns or operates more than 190 television stations across the country, including several in Texas – San Angelo, Abilene, Corpus Christ and El Paso, to name a few.

If Sinclair as a whole recognizes fake news as such – doesn’t perpetuate stories such as Pizzagate, crisis actors and a London terrorist claimed to be, but wasn’t, an anti-Trump liberal; all debunked – and calls them out, we’ll be the better for it.

The suspicion, perhaps a knee-jerk reaction to the mandated Sinclair scripts, is what that kind of exposure and power can do to the message, any message.

For example, Sinclair, according to The Washington Post, insisted that stations air a packaged segment featuring Boris Epshteyn, a former Trump official who hosted a campaign “newscast” leading up to the 2016 election.

Packaged campaign pieces on Hillary Clinton would, we suspect, not go over too well in some markets, including ours.

President Trump tweeted his support of Sinclair Broadcast Group on Monday, claiming outlets such as CNN and NBC are “fake news.” Sinclair owns a dozen or more NBC stations, by the way.

Trump defends Sinclair: It’s ‘funny to watch Fake News Networks’ criticize it

You may not be suspicious if the message affirms what you already believe. How will you know?

Local news plays a key role in any community, our local TV affiliates included. They keep their finger on the pulse of our city, seek out solutions to problems and empower those not in a position to change their destiny.

To be mandated to broadcast a chorus of ideas and ideology would be, to use Sinclair’s message, “dangerous to our democracy.”

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“Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think,” dozens of news anchors said last month, reading from a script provided by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Creditfronch, via YouTube

On local news stations across the United States last month, dozens of anchors gave the same speech to their combined millions of viewers.

It included a warning about fake news, a promise to report fairly and accurately and a request that viewers go to the station’s website and comment “if you believe our coverage is unfair.

It may not have seemed strange to individual viewers. But Timothy Burke, the video director at Deadspin, had read a report last month from CNN, which quoted local station anchors who were uncomfortable with the speech.

Mr. Burke tracked down the stations and found when each had aired what he called a “forced read.”

Then he stitched together the various broadcasts to create a supercut of anchors eerily echoing the same lines:

“The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media.”

“Some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias.”

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“This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.”

The script came from Sinclair Broadcast Group, the country’s largest broadcaster, which owns or operates 193 television stations. The company is seeking a $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media, a move that’s being held up by regulators over antitrust concerns.

Last week, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published a copy of the speech and reported that employees at a local news station there, KOMO, were unhappy about the script. CNN reported on it on March 7 and said Scott Livingston, the senior vice president of news for Sinclair, had read almost the exact same speech for a segment that was distributed to outlets a year ago.

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Mr. Burke’s video — along with a similar one created by ThinkProgress, the left-leaning news outlet — spread quickly on social media over the weekend, leading to prominent criticism of Sinclair. Peter Chernin, a media investor and longtime president of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, called it “insidious.” David E. Price, a Democratic North Carolina congressman, called the video “pro-Trump propaganda” on Monday.

Piggybacking on the attention, House Democrats resurfaced a letter, dated March 22 and signed by 38 lawmakers, that called for the Tribune merger to be rejected.

President Trump responded to scrutiny of the broadcaster on Monday in a tweet.

“So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased,” he said.

In a statement on Monday, Scott Livingston, Sinclair’s senior vice president of news, called the backlash “ironic,” and said the stations “keep our audiences’ trust by staying focused on fact-based reporting and clearly identifying commentary.”

“We aren’t sure of the motivation for the criticism, but find it curious that we would be attacked for asking our news people to remind their audiences that unsubstantiated stories exist on social media, which result in an ill-informed public with potentially dangerous consequences,” he said.

A union that represents news anchors did not respond immediately to requests for comment on Monday.

Dave Twedell of the International Cinematographers Guild, who is a business representative for photojournalists (but not anchors) at KOMO in Seattle and KATU in Portland, Ore., said Sinclair told journalists at those stations not to discuss the company with outside news media.

Although it is the country’s largest broadcaster, Sinclair is not a household name and viewers may be unaware of who owns their local news station. Critics have accused the company of using its stations to advance a mostly right-leaning agenda.

“We work very hard to be objective and fair and be in the middle,” Mr. Livingston told The New York Times last year. “I think maybe some other news organizations may be to the left of center, and we work very hard to be in the center.”

Sinclair regularly sends video segments to the stations it owns. These are referred to as “must-runs,” and they can include content like terrorism news updatescommentators speaking in support of President Trump or speeches from company executives like the one from Mr. Livingston last year.

But asking newscasters to present the material themselves is not something that Kirstin Pellizzaro, a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, remembered from her experience as a producer at a Sinclair-owned news station in Kalamazoo, Mich., from 2014 to 2015.

The station had to air “must-run” segments that came from Sinclair, which is based outside Baltimore. “Some of them were a little slanted, a little biased,” Ms. Pellizzaro said. “Packages of this nature can make journalists uncomfortable.”

Sinclair representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday. But Mr. Livingston told The Baltimore Sun that the script was meant to demonstrate Sinclair’s “commitment to reporting facts,” adding that false stories “can result in dangerous consequences,” referring to the Pizzagate conspiracy as an example.

“We are focused on fact-based reporting,” Mr. Livingston continued. “That’s our commitment to our communities. That’s the goal of these announcements: to reiterate our commitment to reporting facts in a pursuit of truth.”

Ms. Pellizzaro said she can talk about Sinclair more freely now because she is working in academia, whereas journalists at stations owned by Sinclair might feel pressured not to bite the hand that feeds them.

“I hope people realize that the journalists are trying their best, and this shouldn’t reflect poorly on them,” she said. “They’re just under this corporate umbrella.”

Sinclair has been accused of using connections in the Trump administration to ease regulations on media consolidation. In an effort to expand its reach, the company is seeking approval from the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission for its $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media.

Correction: April 2, 2018 
An earlier version of this article misstated the markets where Sinclair owns or operates stations. It does not have a station in Phoenix.

 

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