I've just recently started seeing this statement, which was broadcast as part of the news (before 5 AM in the morning mind you) and not as opinion or editorial content, on my local channel 2 ABC affiliate Portland news station (and the local Eugene station), which are both owned by Sinclair Media. This is also happening all over the country with other Sinclair stations. What this vice president of news is asking for is that all his viewers watch closely and call out anything that they, the viewers "see" or "consider" as fake news and to immediately sign onto their website and put in a comment within a section called "viewer concerns". I'm also guessing that this VP is referring to any "fake news" as anything anti-Trump or anti-Trump policies.
So I thought, this sounds a bit suspicious for the vice president of a large local news corporation to be going on air and essentially asking for viewers to fact check the news that his own reporters and anchors tell us daily. Don't they fact check their own reports? Isn't that their damn JOB? Well, well, no surprise after a little searching, it appears that Donald Trump and his propaganda machine are hard at work trying to control his image and his message. So if Trump hates the local media, he's come up with a little quid pro quo that nicely benefits himself with a more positive press coverage from the local media corporations in exchange for better press access to the president. In fact, I smelled a rat all during the presidential campaign, since our local Sinclair stations, one in Portland and one in Eugene, were exclusively running news stories critical of Obama and Hillary, while giving Trump nothing but glowing news reports. It was so blatant that it stank.
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/m ... e-of-media
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ ... story.html
To make things even better for Trump, the 2 largest TV station owners, Sinclair and Tribune, are in merger talks. Trump's FCC is widely expected to lift ownership caps and allow this merger to proceed. We'll soon have the giant Trump Propaganda Ministry to get our news from all over the country. Welcome to Trump's Fascist America.
http://nypost.com/2017/03/14/sinclair-t ... hip-rules/
Oh, and get this little comment from Trump's Supreme Evangelical Religious Leader, nutty Pat Robertson. He believes that Trump "is a Heathen appointed by God to be a wrecking ball of political correctness by academia and the news media". Seriously, this country has gone off the deep end and is heading into truly insane territory and it's going to end up ugly.