The Point With Mark Hyman Wins Four Telly Awards
Contact: Mark Hyman
SINCLAIR'S "THE POINT WITH MARK HYMAN" WINS FOUR TELLY AWARDS
BALTIMORE (April 9, 2007) - Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:
SBGI) announced that "The Point," a daily commentary by Mark Hyman and
aired on Sinclair's news stations, has been awarded four Telly Awards for
excellence. Hyman previously received four Telly Awards in 2006 and three
Telly Awards in 2005. "The Point" went on recess in November 2006 so that
Mr. Hyman could assist the Company in tackling important strategic issues
affecting the broadcast industry.
Receiving the Silver Telly, the highest award given, was the following
"Reuters Doctored Photograph" examined the recurring problem of news
organizations manipulating photographs and/or publishing faked photographs
without verifying authenticity, oftentimes creating a wildly false
impression of events. A Reuters photograph of August 2006 bombing damage
from an Israeli Air Force strike in Beirut, Lebanon had smoke digitally
added to the image. A photograph displayed across the front page of the
Los Angeles Time in April 2003 was actually an amalgamation of two
different photos. In May 2004 and only days after the Abu Ghraib prison
story broke, the Boston Globe published sexually explicit photographs
purporting to show U.S. servicemen raping Iraqi women. The photographs
were fakes and had actually come from a Hungarian pornographic website.
USA Today published a photograph in November 2005 that had the eyes of
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dramatically altered, giving her a
Three commentaries received Bronze Telly awards as finalists:
"Break-Up the Ninth Court of Appeals" looked at the exceedingly large
percentage of the U.S. Supreme Court caseload that comes from the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In the 2003 and 2004 Supreme Court
sessions, 43 of the 160 cases argued before the high court came from just
the Ninth. The remaining 117 cases came from the other 12 circuits and all
50 state supreme courts. Thirty-four of the Ninth's 43 cases under review
were overturned; 22 of them were overturned unanimously. Decisions by the
Ninth were so flawed that all of the justices on the Supreme Court --
conservatives and liberals alike -- voted unanimously 22 times to overturn
"Navy Citgo Gas Stations" was an exclusive report that noted Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez's anti-America comments and statements that Venezuela
would likely support Iran in a military confrontation with the U.S. Navy
Citgo Gas Stations pointed out the irony that the Venezuelan government-
owned Citgo gas company has the contract to provide Citgo gas stations at
dozens of Navy facilities nationwide. The commentary urged Navy officials
to find a way to terminate the contract.
"Bubba and Osama" addressed statements former President Bill Clinton
made to Fox News Sunday interviewer Chris Wallace in September 2006.
Clinton's claim that he tried to capture or kill Osama bin Laden was not
supported by the facts. Major terrorist attacks against Americans that
occurred during his presidency were never pursued as terrorist incidents or
were altogether dismissed. The commentary noted Clinton wrote only two
paragraphs in his 1,000-page autobiography to efforts to hunt, capture or
kill bin Laden, while he instead devoted several pages to where he ate his
meals while attending college.
Sharing in the award for "Navy Citgo Gas Stations" is Todd Stewart,
Photographer for WBFF-TV Fox 45, who filmed the segment.
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regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest
video and film productions. The Telly Awards is a widely known and highly
respected national and international competition and receives over 13,000
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sales services to 58 television stations in 36 markets. Sinclair's
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