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Sinclair Broadcasting Is Forcing Stations They Own To Air A Segment Calling Undocumented Immigrants Rapists

Before last year, the name Sinclair didn’t mean much. The Maryland-based broadcasting company was just another media corporation. Their media prowess didn’t seem to rank on the levels of other major news networks such as NBC, CNN, or Fox News, but that all changed after a report on their strategy went viral. It’s no secret that Fox News is a conservative network that typically favors President Donald Trump. Still, last year the public learned there was another media company that was in his corner. The Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which owns 193 local stations across the United States, made anchors on those stations read a Trump propaganda script that was masking as “real news.” Now, a new story about one of their anchors shows that the broadcasting company is still at perpetuating lies. 

A “Chief Political Commentator” that works for the Sinclair Broadcast Group (and used to work for Trump) did segment earlier this week that stated undocumented immigrants are raping children.

Credit: Boris Epshteyn / YouTube

Boris Epshteyn, whose Twitter bio states that he was the “former Special Assistant to President Trump and Communications Director-58th Presidential Inaugural Committee,” did a news segment titled “BOTTOM LINE: Local authorities have to cooperate with ICE” in which he cited two stories out of Maryland about two undocumented men that allegedly raped an 11-year-old. Epshteyn used the story about two people to blatantly say “illegal immigrants” are abusing children. 

“You would think that local authorities around the country would be working closely with federal ICE officials to make sure our immigration laws are enforced,” he stated during his segment. “Sadly, you would be wrong.”

He also went on to say that local police need to cooperate with ICE agents to turn over undocumented people.

Credit: @BorisEp / Twitter

“A Virginia police officer has been suspended,” Epshteyn stated. “The charge? Doing his job. Fairfax County Police Department suspended an officer for allegedly turning in a suspected illegal immigrant.”

In some states, because local police are separate from federal law, they don’t have to comply with ICE police officers. But we have seen several times in which police, who are told by their chief to not comply with ICE, still do it and get away with it. 

Sinclair’s liberal-leaning political commentator, Ameshia Cross, tweeted that Epshteyn’s segment was racist.

Credit: @AmeishaCross / Twitter

Cross typically provides the liberal perspective for programs on the Sinclair network but wasn’t on Epshteyn’s segment. So, she took to Twitter to share her thoughts about the news he was dishing out. 

“I accept views alternate of my own,” Cross tweeted. “But what I don’t accept is racist propaganda used to create a disturbing, hurtful & inaccurate depiction of an entire group of people.” 

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that undocumented immigrants are rapists and should be deported. If that’s what Epshteyn is blatantly saying, he should look at rape statistics.

Credit: RAINN

We are not saying that undocumented people do not commit crimes. People from a variety of backgrounds commit crimes every day. However, when it comes to rape, rapists are typically white men. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 57 percent of perpetrators are white

While it is clear that Epshteyn is spreading hate-inducing news without the evidence to back up such generalizations about undocumented people, it’s important to note that he doesn’t have much of an audience. 

We did some digging and found that Epshteyn’s tweet about this very story only got three retweets. Furthermore, his YouTube page has 421 subscribers, and the segment he did on undocumented immigrants had 61 views. So, in proper journalistic guidelines, here is his segment, and you can make up your mind about this information. 

Last year, the Sinclair Broadcasting Group went viral after this clip showed how their anchors had to read this script about “fake news.”

According to CNN, producers and reporters were given these specific instructions: “Please produce the attached scripts exactly as they are written. This copy has been thoroughly tested and speaks to our Journalistic Responsibility as advocates to seek the truth on behalf of the audience.”

Even though anchors read those lines to viewers, some spoke out anonymously to CNN to say they didn’t stand by what they were forced to do. 

“At my station, everyone was uncomfortable doing it,” a local anchor said.

READ: This Society Of Journalists Is Trying To Trademark The Term ‘Fake News’ To Stop Trump From Using It

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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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Cities across the U.S. are seeing a new wave of unrest following the grand jury’s finding on the Breonna Taylor case. Emotions are high as people protest against the lack of charges against the officers who were involved in Taylor’s death.

Protesters are raising their voices after the decision not to charge all of the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death.

Breonna Taylor was shot and killed on March 13 when police raided her apartment. The 26-year-old ER technician was sleeping when the police executed a “no-knock” warrant. However, police had the wrong address and Taylor’s boyfriend, believe their lives were in danger, fired at the police. Taylor was shot and killed in her apartment that night.

Major cities across the country saw major demonstrations spurred by the anger against the justice system.

A grand jury found one officer responsible for wanton endangerment after firing his weapon into neighboring apartments. There were no charges tied directly to Taylor’s death. The lack of charges has angered activists and advocates who are seeking significant police reform to prevent tragedies like this from happening again.

People have become hyper-aware of the issue and are paying attention to the outcomes.

Protest signs in different crowds show that the American people are paying attention. The Black Lives Matter movement became the cause at the forefront of American mentality since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death sparked national outrage and renewed energy into fighting to stop the disproportionate violence Black men, women, and children face at the hands of police.

Some motorists have turned violent against the protesters.

Video captured in both Denver and Los Angeles show vehicles driving through crowds of protesters. In Denver, the driver claims to have acted in self-defense after protesters surrounded his car. The driver claims that he did not intend to hurt anyone but reacted when protesters shattered his windshield.

In Louisville, police arrested the only Black woman in the Kentucky state legislature for protesting.

State Rep. Attica Scott was arrested for first-degree rioting, which is a class-D felony. The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department arrested 24 people Thursday night while protesting the decision not to charge the officers. Rep. Scott was arrested with other and charged with first-degree rioting and two misdemeanors for unlawful assembly and failure to disperse.

“Our call to action is to continue to make sure that the city of Louisville understands that we will not go away, that we will continue to demand the defunding of police and the dismantling of this police department because it’s corrupt from the inside out, from the bottom to the top,” Scott told NPR before the grand jury decision. “And it cannot continue to function in the way that it does.”

Taylor’s death has mobilized the nation with celebrities and politicians calling for justice.

The fight for racial justice and a systemic change to our justice and policing systems is ongoing. The people are tired of being scared and are taking a stand with their protests.

If you are out there protesting, send us your videos and photos so we can see your activism in action!

READ: Oprah Winfrey Honors Breonna Taylor With Historic O Magazine Cover

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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We are rarely more defensive than we are for our abuelos. The viejitos have always been there for us and seeing them treated unkindly is just heartbreaking. That is what one Twitter user experienced after her abuelo got a wretched note about his decorations outside his home.

This is the horrid letter left for @goldenstef’s abuelo by undesirable neighbors.

The letter, which is filled with misspelled words, calls the abuelo’s house an example of a “low class Mexican family.” The letter was written anonymously by neighbors and delivered to the abuelo in an attempt to shame him into changing his decorations. One of the most bizarre moments in the letter is when the angry author criticized the homeowner for having too many American flags claiming he isn’t patriotic and can’t fool the neighbors. Like, which one is it people?

The Twitter user followed up with photos of the house to show the decorations their abuelo has out front.

People flooded the Twitter post with comments supporting and sending love to the abuelo. Fellow Latinos are ready to stand with the abuelo and some just want the names of the people behind the letter so they can talk to them. Some people are stunned at how far the author was willing to go out of their way to be mean to an old man who just wants to decorate his home and front yard.

Latino Twitter wants to come together to let the abuelo know that his decorations are adorbs.

We need to come together to give her abuelo all of the wonderful decoration we love. Let’s turn his house and front yard into a showcase of all of the greatness that Latin America has to offer.

People are falling in love with this viejitos yard.

Honestly, this is a great yard. Who wouldn’t want a yard like this? This yard is original and adorable and worth all of the praise that we can muster. Thank you to people like this for making their yards something unique and worth seeing.

@goldenstef wants everyone to know just how much they appreciate the sweet messages about their abuelo’s yard.

It costs nothing to be kind. It is even better when you can be kind about something someone clearly cares so much about. Who cares if someone decorates their lawn a little too much. At least they are having fun with their lives and that is something we all need more of right now.

READ: Latinas Are Sharing Their Most Treasured Memories Of Their Abuelos And It’s Exactly What We Needed This Month

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