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McGrath ends boycott of Sinclair TV stations

September 6, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Democratic congressional candidate in Kentucky has ended her boycott of Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Amy McGrath pulled her TV ads from Sinclair stations in April amid a Democratic primary after it was revealed the company required its local news anchors to read a statement decrying the “troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing the country.” McGrath said the statement mimicked propaganda efforts in authoritarian countries.

McGrath is now the Democratic nominee challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr. Her campaign now has ads on Sinclair station WDKY-TV in Lexington.

McGrath campaign manager Mark Nickolas said the campaign is still concerned about “propaganda” but was also concerned the FCC would let Sinclair purchase 42 stations from Tribune Media. He said the campaign ended the boycott when that deal collapsed.

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