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Thank you Judd for the almost totally discouraging news about David Smith's purchase of The Baltimore Sun. My mind goes to the brilliant TV series, The Wire and it's exploration of all aspects of Baltimore. So, let's call on the artistic geniuses, including comedians, to present the truth that can penetrate the kind of anti-truth and anti-humanistic positions spewed out in all directions from the Sinclair consortium.

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That is bad news, especially since Baltimore is a city that has received some of the harshest insults from the MAGA people. In NYC, the NEW YORK Post is a hometown paper that openly has contempt for its hometown as well as contempt for any journalistic standards. I fear that the Sun will transform into something similar.

I subscribe to the Baltimore Banner. I suspect some of the Sun reporters will end up there.

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As a Baltimore city resident, this, to me, is a really dangerous indicator of yet another dishonorable billionaire taking over the information that the public receives, merely for his own benefit. This man does not live in Baltimore city, but in the county, in his big stone-castled estate, yet is trying to effect the outcomes of city politics and taxes, which, to be honest, are problematic. But having a right wing supporter of Moms For Liberty, Project Veritas, and other misinformation peddlers affecting our troubled city will not be pretty and lowers the intellect of every person that has access to the rubbish that he purveys. He is merely another Rupert Murdoch, raking in yet more cash, as he dumbs down and increases hate-inducing propaganda pitting American against American.

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Sinclair media bought our local newspaper and one of our tv stations. I am deeply disturbed by this trend of bait and switch (misinformation) by journalists as we watch this ugly boil come to a head in our great country. Stop the madness, there are more of us than the millionaires and billionaires, all we have to do is collectively decide to stop this unnecessary suffering, then we shall set about cementing laws and policies that support We the People!

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I feel for the journalists working at The Sun and mourn the loss of a once-great paper. But that mourning began long ago, let’s not kid ourselves. The good news is MAGA doesn’t read newspapers so this is just a rich-guy vanity deal.

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Well, this is a disappointing turn of events.

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I am currently reading Heather Cox Richardson's excellent new book "Democracy Awakening." In the opening chapters Richardson, who is a historian, traces the history of Nazism in the US in the late 30s and 40s. Part of the rise was finding a dissatisfied group and preaching to them, even if what you were selling was not good for them. Trump did that. Another was getting media "on their side." So, again Judd thank you for reporting this dismaying news. The real question is, how do we, as citizens living in other parts of the country stop or tame the beast?

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Another fine exposé, Judd. I hate to see another great paper fall, but at least we know it thanks to you. We need a report on the other greats and their ownership status.

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America is dying. Congress (ha ha) needs to reinstate that the media has to tell the truth! Reagan trashed that safeguard and look at us now. He was the beginning of what we’re now facing . The super rich need to be taxed out of existence Their tax rates were once 80%.. Fact check me please.

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We are moving more and more into a fascist state. Remember that one of their tenets is to control the media and turn it into a propaganda vehicle. And where are all the Democratic billionaires? Why don’t some of them buy these papers instead? Looking at you, Tom Steyer.

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First the Washington Post gets bought by Bezos, and now this. Maryland has been a faithful Democrat stronghold and it is worrisome that it appears the right has us in their crosshairs. I am seeing more comments under WaPo articles that readers are getting fed up with their "both-siderism" and lack of positive reporting on the current Administration; I have cancelled my paid subscription and see other comments saying they are doing the same. I hope this happens for the Sun too. Let them both fall into the abyss of right-wing fake news supporting billionaires and evangelicals; may they find their way to the Bad Place.

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Meanwhile, The Sunpapers started to fail years ago, and I thinkl that this purchase might be the last nail in the coffin. Otherwise, we have the Baltimore Banner, more generously financed, but primarily a lot of fluff reporting.

The Baltimore Brew, a small, underfunded group of investigative journalists, provides the important reporting on Baltimore City and County politics and corruption and really deserve support, but they are struggling.

If we don't support the responsible and serious journalistic outlets, our democracy will decline further. It is happening all over the country and that is what authoritarians desire most.

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This explains why my local news station, WJLA in DC, led the 11pm show with an onsite and lengthy report on Trump's win in Iowa. Sinclair owns it. I won't be watching this station anymore!

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sad to again see that democracy up to recently was really upheld by handshakes between dudes agreeing to act reasonably and in the best interests of the public. Young people have been showing up in small pockets to provide reporting and broadcast media. I hope this can continue and spread. Non profit or subscription-based seem to be the way forward.

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The "left" sure controls the media, doesn't it?

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Jan 17·edited Jan 17

The Baltimore Banner's story (https://www.thebaltimorebanner.com/economy/baltimore-sun-david-smith-sinclair-owner-F77S3D47ORD7LNEPZ7PJCXSLWM/), which included anonymized comments from journalists who attended the meeting with Smith, suggests that if anything, you're downplaying how bad this is going to get, Judd -- and I can't recall ever thinking that about one of your stories before. Smith told the newsroom things like, "You're going to be doing polls [by which he means unscientific surveys] every day now" and "Go make me some money!" Those "polls," by the way, apparently aren't just for readers, but also will be used to determine what gets covered, which would seem to rule out any kind of enterprise reporting just for starters. A sad day for a historic paper that won a Pulitzer as recently as 2020.

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