Maryland gubernatorial candidate announces Sinclair boycott

Krish Vignarajah, Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, poses for a photograph with her daughter Alana at her home in Gaithersburg, Md., on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Vignarajah, a lawyer and former policy director for Michelle Obama, is one of seven Democrats and the only woman running in the Maryland gubernatorial primary. She said the 2016 presidential election was a “rude awakening of what happens when we become complacent.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Democratic candidate in the Maryland governor’s race has vowed not to air ads on stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group until the company stops requiring anchors across the country to recite statements criticizing “fake” news stories.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Krish Vignarajah on Tuesday called on her rivals in the crowded Democratic field and other parties to join her boycott of Sinclair affiliates.

The Maryland-based Sinclair owns four television stations that broadcast in the state: the D.C.-area WJLA ABC 7 and Baltimore’s WBFF FOX 45, WNUV the CW and WUTB MyTV.

No one has indicated if they will join the boycott. Thus far, no Democratic candidates for governor have aired TV campaign ads.

Sinclair representatives did not respond to the newspaper’s requests for comment.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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