Facing advertiser defections, a viewer boycott and a plummeting stock price, as well as strong opposition from Democrats, Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. scrapped its plan to air a film that attacks the 1970s-era antiwar activities of Sen. John F. Kerry, and will instead run a special produced by its news division incorporating parts of the movie.
This is a huge victory. Sinclair will be reeling for a long time to come. The thugs were forced to back down. A clear message has been sent. A definite sign of the changing times, methinks.