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.
“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.
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.
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.
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