Journalists and corporate watchdogs reacted with alarm when it was reported last month that the right-wing media giant Sinclair Broadcast Group was planning to force local news anchors to read from a script denouncing \u0022fake\u0022 and \u0022false\u0022 news stories in a distinctly Trumpian fashion.\r\n\r\nBut this horror was amplified after Deadspin compiled a video this weekend of what the company\u0026#039;s \u0022dangerous\u0022 proposal actually looks like in practice.\r\n\r\n\u0022The stuff of nightmares,\u0022 is how one commentator described the end result, which shows news anchors \u0022looking like hostages in proof-of-life videos\u0022 and reading directly from a Sinclair-produced \u0022promotional campaign.\u0022\r\n\r\nWatch:\r\n\r\n\r\nThe stuff of nightmares.\r\n\r\nDeadspin made this video about Sinclair Broadcast Group (America\u0026#039;s largest local TV owner) and how it\u0026#039;s turning \u0022news anchors into soldiers in Trump\u0026#039;s war on the media.\u0022 pic.twitter.com/iBSJkZAfSd\r\n— Dr. Yasmin (@DoctorYasmin) April 1, 2018\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSpeaking to CNN on Sunday, Sinclair employees and local reporters said they are deeply concerned about the right-wing ideological bent being foisted upon television stations across the United States by the massive media company.\r\n\r\n\u0022It sickens me the way this company is encroaching upon trusted news brands in rural markets,\u0022 one reporter told CNN on the condition of anonymity, fearing retaliation from Sinclair\u0026#039;s management.\r\n\r\n\u0022I feel bad because they\u0026#039;re seeing these people they\u0026#039;ve trusted for decades tell them things they know are essentially propaganda,\u0022 added a local anchor.\r\n\r\nOwned by a family of ultra-conservative millionaires, Sinclair currently operates nearly 200 news stations nationwide—and is pushing for even more control of local outlets, with help from the GOP-controlled FCC.\r\n\r\nIf Sinclair\u0026#039;s acquisition of Tribune Media is ultimately approved, the company will own enough stations to reach an estimated 70 percent of American households, sparking concerns that pro-Trump propaganda could begin to dominate local news.\r\n\r\n\u0022I try everyday to do fair, local stories, some Trump-related, but it\u0026#039;s always washed out by this stuff they do at a national level,\u0022 said one local reporter.\r\n\r\nBelow is the full script dozens of local news anchors have been forced to read under threat of termination:\r\n\r\n\r\nHi, I’m(A) ____________, and I’m (B) _________________…\r\n\r\n(B) Our greatest responsibility is to serve our Northwest communities. We are extremely proud of the quality, balanced journalism that KOMO News produces.\r\n\r\n(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.\r\n\r\n(B) More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories… stories that just aren’t true, without checking facts first.\r\n\r\n(A) 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.\r\n\r\n(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.\r\n\r\n(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.\r\n\r\n(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.\r\n\r\n(A) Thank you for watching and we appreciate your feedback.