Local television is still one of the most popular ways Americans get their news, which makes what Sinclair Broadcasting is doing seem all the more heinous.  Local anchors at Sinclair stations across the country are forced to read propaganda from their corporate masters.  In this case, propaganda that sounds like it was written in the White House press office.   Deadspin has compiled a series of these right-wing rants that frighteningly show just how powerful this hype can be.  As Dan Rather often says, the key to a strong democracy is a free and independent press.  It’s sickening to watch local journalists who are forced to read something that trashes their own profession.  Please note this is happening at nearly 200 television stations across the country.