While I was writing the post below
, I got some other information on the Sinclair developments of the day. As we noted this morning, Media Matters underwrote legal action taken on behalf of Sinclair shareholders. A letter
was sent to Sinclair this morning demanding that they provide equal time in their presentation for those with contrary views.
For the legalese of the matter, see this fact sheet
on their website.
If Sinclair didn't make a satisfactory response by the end of business today, the letter said, Glickenhaus & Co, the firm handling the case, would seek an injunction to block the airing of the show.
This evening I spoke to David Bennahum at Media Matters
. He told me that at about 3:45 PM this afternoon, Glickenhaus got a call from Vicky Evans, from the Sinclair legal department. She said that their response to the demand letter would be arriving in Glickenhaus's fax machine momentarily.
What cranked out after a few moments was the press release
later distributed publicly by Sinclair, which stated that they would not be broadcasting 'Stolen Honor.'
That was their response. And Glickenhaus judged it a sufficient response that they will not
be making their request for an injunction tomorrow. Here's their letter
back to Sinclair.
As I said in my earlier post
, I don't have great confidence that it's not going to be the same smear repackaged with a new name. But we'll see.