Sinclair Postpones Controversial COVID Segment

The Sinclair Broadcast Group delayed the airing of a controversial “America This Week” segment suggesting Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, was involved in manufacturing the novel coronavirus.   

The group originally tweeted their intention to revise the episode to include more perspectives and offer more context before broadcasting it. It more recently announced plans not to air the segment.   

The “America This Week” segment featured interviews with Judy Mikovits and her lawyer, Larry Klayman. Mikovits is the former researcher who was featured in the documentary “Plandemic” which was removed from social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook for promoting conspiracy theories and making unfounded accusations.  

Poynter reported: “During the planned “America This Week” segment, Mikovits said that Fauci had “manufactured” the virus and then shipped it to Wuhan, China. The banner on the screen read, “Did Dr. Fauci Create COVID-19?”   

On July 25, Sinclair tweeted from their account @WeAreSinclair: “After further review, we have decided to delay this episode’s airing. We will spend the coming days bringing together other viewpoints and provide additional context. All stations have been notified not to air this and will instead be re-airing last week’s episode in its place.”  

They followed with another tweeted statement: “We would also like to clarify that at no point did we air the “Plandemic” documentary, nor do we have plans to. This documentary has been widely discredited and we as a company do not support the baseless claims that were rebutted during the original segment.”  

The Sinclair Broadcast Group owns a few Oregon local television stations including KATU-TV in Portland, KVAL-TV in Eugene, and KTVL-TV in Medford.