Verbatim: Oct. 25, 2004

"Clearly, John Kerry has made his Vietnam service the foundation of his presidential run. This is an issue that is certainly topical."

MARK HYMAN, vice president of Sinclair Broadcast Group's corporate relations, on why the company plans to air on its 62 stations a documentary attacking Kerry's antiwar activities of 30 years ago. Sinclair argues that the documentary is news coverage, which is exempt from federal equal-time rules

"We do not believe such political statements should be disguised as news content."

SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, in a company statement last April, explaining why it refused to air a special edition of ABC's...