The birthplace of General Motors, this city has declined with the fortunes of GM.
Gary Flinn commented
The media is suffering the same economic problems the city is going through. The local newspaper, The Flint Journal, was formerly a daily paper but now publishes only three days a week, Sunday, Thursday and Friday and asking readers to go to their web site for daily updates. For radio, it is best to turn to WWJ in Detroit for the latest news as local radio with the possible exception of the Regent stations led by WCRZ, does a poor job at serving the local community. Regarding the TV stations, the strongest station is easily ABC O&O WJRT which has a strong news presence. Its strongest competitor which caters more towards nearby Saginaw is Meredith-owned WNEM, the CBS affilate in the area. The weakest news station is Barrington's WEYI, the NBC affiliate which also owns the CW affiliate WBSF making WEYI and WBSF the only duopoly in this market. Easily the worst TV station is WSMH, the FOX affilate which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sinclair is notorious for its extreme right-wing views as well as its effort to manipulate the 2004 Presidential election by airing an anti-John Kerry documentary which was watered down after protests in both the political and financial communities. WSMH did have a local news presence a few years ago but the NewsCentral experiment proved unsuccessful and now WSMH contracts with WNEM to produce newscasts for WSMH. Until November 2006, WSMH was forced to air far-right-wing commentaries by Sinclair executive Mark Hyman who makes Rush Limbaugh seem like a liberal. After the Democrats took control of Congress in 2006, Hyman ended his on air commentaries but he continues to give his views in the right-wing American Spectator magazine. If there is ever a station which needs to have its license renewal application given extra scrutiny, it is WSMH which I strongly favor its sale to a more responsible broadcaster.