Several television stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group refuse to carry the U.S. newscast Nightline because of its planned airing of a list of soldiers killed in Iraq.
Sinclair claims that it's just a political ploy to give public recognition to the people dying in Iraq. Mark Hyman, the vice president of corporate relations for Sinclair, says that it's really just biased journalism and that Nightline host Ted Koppel has been "a naysayer from the beginning" about Iraq.
Later this year, those same Sinclair Broadcast Group stations will air a "documentary" attacking John Kerry's war record and service in Vietnam. Called "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal," it criticizes John Kerry for becoming a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War after returning home. According to Mark Hyman, Sinclair's vice president for corporate relations, the documentary is newsworthy — so newsworthy, in fact, that it will run without commercials.