A part of the conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group, Local 12 was caught up in controversy and backlash last year after a video went viral featuring anchors from various Sinclair affiliates reading identical scripts for promo spots that parroted Donald Trump’s attempts to deride the press as biased “fake news.” Sinclair has been criticized for making affiliates air right-wing editorial commentaries.
Braun was featured very briefly in the visual montage (alongside co-anchor Cammy Dierking) and, as WVXU’s John Kiesewetter first reported, he said he received death threats after Deadspin first posted the clip.
I think I need to clear up a few things that are roaming around the Web and social media...
I want you to know that I am not retiring. Ch 12 is NOT forcing me out. In fact they offered me a generous contract. I am choosing to leave. There is no "real story" but.... Sometimes in life, you just know, it's time to move on. I don't feel I fit well with the Sinclair News model.
After thanking viewers, Braun went on to say that he’d “have more to say” during his final day on the air during the 6 p.m. news broadcast on June 28.