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Media watchdog group blasts conservative host Jamie Allman in connection to TV mega-deal

Media watchdog group blasts conservative host Jamie Allman in connection to TV mega-deal

From the How Sinclair is building a broadcast media powerhouse — and what it means for St. Louis series
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Jamie Allman

Conservative commentator Jamie Allman hosts the only local news program on Sinclair Broadcast Group's KDNL (Channel 30) in St. Louis. (ABC 30)

A media-watchdog group, Media Matters For America, has a problem with Sinclair Broadcast Group's plan to buy two STL stations to go with the one it now owns:

His name is Jamie Allman.

In a statement released Monday, the Washington-based group charges that Allman — a well-known radio and television host who helms The Allman Report on the Sinclair-owned KDNL (Channel 30) — is a "pro-Trump syncophant" and "wannabe Sean Hannity" who uses "racist" and "misogynist" language.

Calling Allman's work at the station "an example of Sinclair's model" for establishing a national conservative political agenda, the group wants the FCC to deny Sinclair's proposed $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media, which owns KTVI (Channel 2) and KPLR (Channel 11) in St. Louis.

"We want to sound the alarm and make sure people know what Sinclair is doing," said Angelo Carusone, the group's president.

The release lists excerpts from Allman's radio and television shows, social media posts and newspaper columns.

"So in other words, they disagree with me," said Allman, who also hosts a conservative talk-radio show, "Allman in The Morning," on KFTK-FM 97.1.

"I've never hid the fact that I support Donald Trump, or the fact that I'm a a conservative in most areas," he said. "And how do you defend yourself against being called racist or sexist? OK, I'm not."

As to the opinionated nature of his television show, Allman said he has never claimed it was a news show. "We're not a news show, never said we were a news show. We're commentary, issue-oriented commentary."

The Maryland-based Sinclair company owns 193 TV stations in 89 U.S. markets, including KDNL. If the proposal to buy Tribune is approved, it will hold 233 stations. In its purchase proposal, Sinclair said it plans to expand morning and evening newscasts in St. Louis.

The proposed Sinclair-Tribune merger has drawn criticism from some who say it would put ownership of multiple stations in markets, including St. Louis, in the hands of a single owner with conservative leanings. Dish Network and some trade groups have filed petitions with the FCC to block the merger.

The FCC is not expected to block the deal, but Sinclair may have to sell some stations, both locally and elsewhere in the U.S., to obtain purchase approval. The FCC limits how much of a viewing market can be reached by a single broadcast group.

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