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Outfoxing Sinclair

Greenwald threatens docu on station group

NEW YORK — Director Robert Greenwald said he’ll produce a sequel to “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism” targeting Sinclair Broadcasting if the station group doesn’t give liberal groups a chance to rebut its nightly commentary “The Point,” with Mark Hyman.

Greenwald has linked up with a cadre of media watchdogs, including MoveOn and David Brock’s Media Matters for America, to pressure Sinclair to offer equal time to lefty commentators as a balance to the station’s conservative “The Point,” which runs on Sinclair’s 62 local broadcast stations across the country.

Group fired off a letter to Sinclair topper David Smith on Tuesday demanding equal time; he’s also contacting Sinclair advertisers including Target, Geico, Kraft and Staples.

Greenwald said he’s never made a sequel, but Sinclair could become the subject of his first.

“We all know film is an incredibly powerful tool,” Greenwald said. “I’m hoping Sinclair will respond to this action so that won’t be necessary.”

Sinclair is replacing Fox as the leading bugaboo of the American left, in part because activists believe the broadcaster has the obligation to provide impartial news as part of its license to use the public airwaves.

Broadcaster raised liberals’ ire when it refused to air a “Nightline” seg in which anchor Ted Koppel read the names of U.S. war dead in Iraq and then aired parts of a critical doc on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, “Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal,” two weeks before the election.

Liberal groups say they plan to contest Sinclair’s broadcast licenses around the country as they come up for renewal.

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