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These Americans are trapped in their jobs: they need to pay $10,000 to quit | Terri Gerstein

Why would dozens of news anchors recite a Sinclair Broadcast group script? Because their contracts entrap them
HUNT VALLEY, MD - APRIL 03: The headquarters of the Sinclair Broadcast Group is shown April 3, 2018 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The company, the largest owner of local television stations in the United States, has drawn attention recently for repeating claims by U.S President Donald Trump that traditional television and print publications offer 'fake' or biased news. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Dozens of news anchors robotically intoned “This is extremely dangerous to our democracy,” after reciting what turned out to be a script by Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner and operator of 193 local TV stations. Dan Rather called it Orwellian, and many have asked in amazement: why would local journalists across the nation allow themselves to be used in such a demeaning way?

The answer is clear to me, as a lawyer with decades handling cases involving low-wage workers: people need jobs. But the anchors may have an even

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