Amid the ongoing ruckus over the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s company-mandated “fake news” promos, a producer at KHGI-TV in Nebraska quit his job in protest. CNN reports that Justin Simmons, a morning TV producer at the Sinclair station, gave notice on March 26.
“This was after Sinclair’s corporate headquarters mandated that local anchors read the controversial promos warning of ‘fake’ and biased news, but before the promos went viral and became a national topic of discussion,” CNN reports. “Simmons told CNNMoney that he had been concerned about Sinclair’s corporate mandates for the past year and a half, and that the promos were just the final straw.”
Simmons is quoted in the report saying: “This is almost forcing local news anchors to lie to their viewers.”
CNN adds: “He said his feelings are shared by others at his station, but didn’t want to say anything that would imperil his colleagues.”
Simmons shared his resignation letter with CNN, which reports that in it Simmons wrote that he had been required to air “several segments that have made me uncomfortable.” He cited “the news media bashing promo our local anchors have been required to read” as the most recent example, CNN notes.
The ABC affiliate is based in Kearney, Neb.