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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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It’s an unfortunate reality that Latinos face immense amounts of racism in America. Case in point: a Florida doctor is facing hate crime charges after assaulting a Latino man at a supermarket.

According to police, a 58-year-old woman followed a Latino man out to the parking lot, keyed his car, smashed his phone, and punched him–all the while hurling racially-charged insults at him.

The altercation happened on Jan. 20th at a Publix supermarket in Hialeah, Florida–a town with a large Latino population. It all started when the victim, an unnamed Latino man, asked Dr. Jennifer Susan Wright to maintain social distancing in Spanish. After she ignored him, the man repeated the question in English.

It was at this point that Dr. Wright, who is an anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, became incensed and began muttering curse words under her breath. After the man left the grocery store, Dr. Wright followed him out to the parking lot.

She began to verbally berate him, calling him a “spic” and telling him “we should have gotten rid of you when we could.”

According to the police report, she also said: “This is not going to be Biden’s America, this is my America.” The woman then took her keys out an began to “stab the victim’s vehicle with her keys” while telling him to “go back to his country”.

The man took out his phone to call 911 and the woman allegedly punched him, causing him to drop his phone. When he bent over to pick his phone up, she allegedly kicked him and tried to stomp on his phone.

The woman fled before the police came, but she was arrested on Feb 12th at her home in Miami Springs.

The woman was initially charged with tampering with a victim, criminal mischief and battery with prejudice. The “hate crime” charge was later added, elevating the crime to a felony.

According to reports, Wright posted her $1000 bail and is now awaiting trial. Mount Sinai Medical Center released a statement saying that Dr. Wright is “no longer responsible for patient care” after assaulting a Latino man.

According to the Miami Herald, neighbors know Dr. Jennifer Wright as an ardent Trump supporter. Her social media pages are riddled with far-right, Pro-Trump memes and photos of her posing in a MAGA hat. She even uploaded a post that read: “It’s Okay To Be White.”

We can all agree that it’s “okay” to be white. It’s okay to be any race. We cannot, however, all agree that it’s okay to be a violent, racist bigot. We hope the victim has recovered and we hope Jennifer Wright will face justice.

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Gov. Newsom And California Lawmakers Unveil Stimulus Checks, Relief For Undocumented Residents

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Gov. Newsom And California Lawmakers Unveil Stimulus Checks, Relief For Undocumented Residents

Americans are still waiting for the $1,400 check from the federal government to make good on the $2,000 promise In the meantime, some Californians will get extra help from the state government. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $9.6 billion stimulus package for state residents and undocumented people.

Low-income Californians will be eligible for a $600 stimulus check from the state government.

Gov. Newsom and California lawmakers have agreed on a $9.6 billion relief package for the Golden State. The relief package is offering much needed relief to businesses, individuals, and students. The relief will come to Californians in different ways.

According to a statement, the package is making good on the promise to help low-income Californians, increase small business aid, and waive license renewal fees for businesses impacted by the pandemic. In addition, the package “provides tax relief for businesses, commits additional resources for critical child care services and funds emergency financial aid for community college students.”

The relief package is aimed at helping those who are hardest hit by the pandemic.

“As we continue to fight the pandemic and recover, I’m grateful for the Legislature’s partnership to provide urgent relief and support for California families and small businesses where it’s needed most,” Gov. Newsom said in a statement. “From child care, relief for small business owners, direct cash support to individuals, financial aid for community college students and more, these actions are critical for millions of Californians who embody the resilience of the California spirit.”

The package will quadruple the assistance to restaurants and small businesses in California. Small businesses and restaurants will be eligible for $25,000 in grants from a $2 billion fund.

Undocumented Californians will also receive a boost from the state government.

Low-income Californians will receive a one-time payment of $600 while undocumented people will be given a $600 boost. The money will be sent to tax-paying undocumented people in California.

According to the California Budget & Policy Center, undocumented people in California pay $3 billion a year in local and state taxes. Despite paying taxes, the undocumented community has not been ineligible for relief payments from the federal government. These payments will give needed relief to a community overlooked throughout the pandemic.

“We’re nearly a year into this pandemic, and millions of Californians continue to feel the impact on their wallets and bottom lines. Businesses are struggling. People are having a hard time making ends meet. This agreement builds on Governor Newsom’s proposal and in many ways, enhances it so that we can provide the kind of immediate emergency relief that families and small businesses desperately need right now,” Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins said in a statement. “People are hungry and hurting, and businesses our communities have loved for decades are at risk of closing their doors. We are at a critical moment, and I’m proud we were able to come together to get Californians some needed relief.”

Learn more about the relief package by clicking here.

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