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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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Iowa Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime Charges After Running Over Latino and Black Children With Her Car

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Iowa Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime Charges After Running Over Latino and Black Children With Her Car

Photo: Polk County Jail via Associated Press

On Wednesday, an Iowa woman pled guilty to federal hate crime charges. The woman, 43-year-old Nicole Poole Franklin, intentionally hit a 12-year-old Black boy and a 14-year-old Latina with her car in 2019. The charges include two counts of violating the U.S Hate Crime Act, as Poole Franklin intended to kill the victims because of their ethnicity.

Nicole Poole Franklin admitted to authorities that she targeted the girl because she thought she looked “Mexican”. She thought the boy was an Islamic terrorist.

As part of her defense, Poole Franklin is claiming that she suffers from schizophrenia and PTSD. Since her arrest, she admitted to police officers that she smoked meth before going on her hate-filled rampage.

The incident, which happened in December of 2019, struck fear into the hearts of communities of color in Des Moines, Iowa, where the hate crimes took place. “Anytime things happen to any minority, people are concerned about what happened,” said Joe Gonzalez, the executive director of Latino Resources Inc. in Iowa. “It was a horrific thing and people were concerned — especially people of color.”

When Nicole Poole Franklin ran over the children, she injured the boy’s leg. The girl, Natalia Miranda, was knocked unconscious and hospitalized for two days.

Natalia Miranda was walking to junior high school on December 9, 2019, when Poole Franklin ran her down on the side walk. Miranda was unconscious for 40 minutes before she woke up and walked to school, where she alerted the authorities.

Natalia Miranda says she remembers the car speeding towards her, but she doesn’t remember being hit. “I was in the hospital and I tried moving, and I couldn’t get out of my bed,” the 14-year-old told KCCI. “Sitting up was the worst pain I’ve ever felt.”

As of now, prosecutors are recommending that Nicole Poole Franklin serve 27 years behind bars.

Poole Franklin is also looking at two charges of attempted murder–both of which could carry up to 25 years each. Prosecutors are recommending that she serves all of the jailtime–state and federal–at the same time.

Here’s to hoping that the justice system does what is right and puts Nicole Poole Franklin behind bars for a long time–if only to save the lives of innocent children of color whose only crime is walking down the street.

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

Photo via @the_asian_dawn/Instagram

In another incident that highlights the anti-Asian sentiment that is on the rise in recent months, a 70-year-old California woman was attacked in Eagle Rock, earlier this month. According to news reports, a young woman attacked her while she was exiting the bus to pick up groceries.

The elderly woman, who goes by Becky, is Mexican-American. But her attacker yelled an anti-Asian slur at her before physically assaulting her.

According to AAPI news site Asian Dawn, Becky’s attacker was a 23-year-old woman who was also riding the bus with her. The woman did nothing to provoke the attack. The young woman ended up dragging the older woman from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Becky ended up in the hospital with a broken nose, a concussion, two severely swollen eyes, and chunks of her hair torn from her head.

According to Becky’s son, who only goes by Pete, while the family are Mexican-American, people often mistake their family for being of Asian descent. According to Pete, no one intervened to stop the young woman from attacking his mother.

“Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,” the woman’s son told The Eastsider.

Finally, the young woman stopped her attack after a fellow passenger called 911. The police were able to apprehend the young woman after issuing a bulletin for her arrest.

According to Pete, his mother has a long road of recovery ahead of her. Already suffering from lupus and arthritis, her mother is having trouble walking. Her leg is badly bruised from the assault.

The fact that the victim was Mexican-American serves to illustrate how ignorant and hateful these racist attacks are. There is no rhyme or reason to hate.

Many are linking the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus originated in Wuhan, China. The violent racists that have been attacking people who appear to be of Asian descent believe that Asian-Americans are somehow personally responsible for the pandemic.

If you to support the #StopAsianHate cause, donate to organizations like gofundme.com/AAPI or the Asian American Legal defense fund here.

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