November 1, 2012
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. saw its profit grow 33 percent in the third quarter as political campaigns and automakers ramped up spending on advertising, the Hunt Valley-based company said Thursday. The broadcaster earned $26.2 million in the three months that ended Sept. 30, or 32 cents per share, compared with $19.2 million during the same months last year, or 24 cents per share. Boosted by political and automotive advertising, sales from continuing operations jumped 49 percent to $226.4 million, from $151.9 million in the third quarter of 2011.
September 28, 2010
As the general election season begins to swing into full gear, what passes these days for political debate and analysis is hardly inspiring. We can expect to spend the early fall constantly bombarded with platitudinous sound bites and spin intended to invoke some visceral reaction in a target group. It is mostly attention-grabbing drivel that does very little to promote a meaningful discussion about policies and governance. Much of it is now carried on in self-published blogs and social networking sites, where it has both unlimited access to the public forum and freedom from the scrutiny that used to be the function of a truly independent press.
October 30, 2002
For a political candidate, Rick Kunkel has a high degree of self-awareness. You can tell by the way he prefaces his pronouncements about the issues of the day. "I don't want to sound kooky or radical, but ... " he says to introduce his support for universal health insurance. "I don't want to sound strident, but ... " he says as a wind-up to his denunciation of how big, special-interest money finds its way into political campaigns - although not into his. Even about his candidacy, Kunkel finds the need for a qualifying prologue.
September 11, 1997
An article Monday overstated the federal campaign contributions made by Hilary Rosen, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America. She has donated more than $114,000 to political campaigns and organizations since 1987, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission.The Sun regrets the errors.Pub Date: 9/11/97
March 25, 2009
WASHINGTON: Struggling newspapers should be allowed to operate as nonprofits similar to public broadcasting stations, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin proposed Tuesday. He introduced a bill that would allow newspapers to choose tax-exempt status. They would no longer be able to make political endorsements, but could report on all issues, including political campaigns. Advertising and subscription revenue would be tax-exempt, and contributions to support coverage could be tax-deductible. The Maryland Democrat said the bill is aimed at preserving local newspapers, not large newspaper conglomerates.
October 8, 2011
As time goes on it will become increasingly apparent to the youthful demonstrators in the Occupy Baltimore movement that we are governed by a plutocracy. The financial interest bloc successfully controls government through corrupting contributions to political campaigns. Nowhere is this more evident than in our disastrous foreign policy. Alas, we should address this most pressing concern if are to move forward as the once great nation we all hold so dear. Anton Dahbura, Baltimore