Sinclair Broadcast Group is at it again.
The propaganda machine is working overtime.
This time it has focused its attention on using tear gas on Central American immigrants.
Sell it to the American people as a great idea.
The media company came under fire in March when Dead Spin compiled a video on dozens of local news stations reading nearly identical scripts siding with Donald Trump's "fake news" mantra.
Sinclair's Soldiers in Trump's War on Media www.youtube.com
Now Business Insider is reporting that Sinclair is up to its old tricks.
The company sent out a must-use segment to over 100 stations of a Boris Epshteyn (Chief Political Analyst for Sinclair Broadcast Group and Special Assistant to President Donald Trump) segment selling the idea that tear-gassing mothers and children at the border is a great idea..
People are furious.
NEW: Sinclair stations are now airing a Boris Epshteyn "must-run" segment defending tear-gassing children at the bo… https://t.co/4mZo96oqxW— Pam Vogel (@Pam Vogel)1543340800.0
The segment also borrows language from Trump himself (and other branches of the pro-Trump media tree), calling the… https://t.co/aKkQWXqhAq— Pam Vogel (@Pam Vogel)1543340991.0
This isn't the first time Epshteyn has used his Sinclair "must-run" platform to defend the cruelty of the Trump adm… https://t.co/opwhNlDwjP— Pam Vogel (@Pam Vogel)1543341080.0
Sinclair broadcasting—which owns 100+ local news stations—is requiring affiliates to air segments defending tear ga… https://t.co/cMOyV8PQnR— marisa kabas (@marisa kabas)1543413758.0
People are not only getting angry, they are taking action.
@MarisaKabas I have both tweeted to and called my local affiliate to tell them I am not OK with this. I also told t… https://t.co/3NMRz1mSNm— mfpdx (@mfpdx)1543431656.0
@MarisaKabas Any national/international brands advertise on these stations or are they sponsored by like local used… https://t.co/w5WQrnfJmC— JF Amprimoz (@JF Amprimoz)1543427310.0
@JFAmprimoz @MarisaKabas Not sure about where you live but here they are sponsored by local business too. I have b… https://t.co/I4tsBIYSSW— mfpdx (@mfpdx)1543430917.0
@MarisaKabas I've called our affiliate— Disposable Jared (@Disposable Jared)1543416108.0
People are connecting the dots and seeing how connected it all is.
Melania Trump went to an event hosted by Eric Bolling (fired from Fox News over sexual harassment allegations), spo… https://t.co/i8WPWAvY8x— Pé Resists (@Pé Resists)1543448979.0
@4everNeverTrump @anamariecox Yikes. A trifecta of doom.— Ronnie Walter (@Ronnie Walter)1543449465.0
The fear-mongering and deceit in this 'must run' piece on the @WeAreSinclair Sinclair Broadcasting network is truly… https://t.co/eyp0lcaSGT— Sam Ewen (@Sam Ewen)1543341653.0
@SamEwen @WeAreSinclair @slpng_giants Dishonest Disgraceful Lies— BEACH LOVER (@BEACH LOVER)1543423497.0
Sinclair tried to weasel out of the mess they created.
Sinclair wants everyone to know that Boris Epshteyn's pro-tear gas segment did "not reflect the views" of the compa… https://t.co/ihXxqeI33J— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter)1543449202.0
@brianstelter @Teddy_Stache I've been boycotting their channel here in NE2 for a year. ZERO chance I'll be changing that choice.— Sunshyn29 (@Sunshyn29)1543450236.0
@brianstelter It's nice to see them get badly ratioed lol— Steve Coville (@Steve Coville)1543450581.0
@brianstelter @WeAreSinclair - I have not and will not watch @KATUNews in Portland - at all - until you stop this.— Mo (@Mo)1543450779.0
@brianstelter These segements are jarring. I saw one Boris did on the tax cut this fall while traveling in Baltimor… https://t.co/JJguvx4Ca7— Jason Greene (@Jason Greene)1543449440.0
@brianstelter Sinclair Broadcast Group is lying. The propaganda runs strong in their evil minds.— Michael P Wilson (@Michael P Wilson)1543449431.0
@brianstelter @Acosta PROPAGANDA network... Nuf said— Tommy (@Tommy)1543451064.0
People are not falling for it.
Sinclair made its stations run a segment from Boris Epshteyn, a former Trump staffer, wherein he defends the use of… https://t.co/YbNXCVL1aO— Jaren Kerr (@Jaren Kerr)1543450260.0
@WeAreSinclair @BorisEP Sorry, but you don't get to REQUIRE your stations to carry these segments and then disavow… https://t.co/Tw4Fh3z3bW— Peri Appollo (@Peri Appollo)1543450032.0
@WeAreSinclair @BorisEP Than why did you run it?— DC Women Kicking Ass (@DC Women Kicking Ass)1543449374.0
@WeAreSinclair @BorisEP I’d like to take a moment to tell both you and Boris to go 🖕🏻yourselves.— Richard Sharpe (@Richard Sharpe)1543449309.0
@WeAreSinclair @BorisEP You literally required the stations to run this filth @BorisEP segment supporting tear gassing children.— Alt. U.S. Press Sec. (@Alt. U.S. Press Sec.)1543449313.0
@WeAreSinclair @BorisEP https://t.co/OSXZKzeIiF— Miki Turner (@Miki Turner)1543449887.0
@WeAreSinclair @BorisEP Thinking humans know propaganda when they see it. My TV never lands on our local Sinclair a… https://t.co/04YXbvqFmd— RimKitty (@RimKitty)1543450133.0
@WeAreSinclair @BorisEP If so, then why were your stations forced to air it? That sounds like your editorial process!— Resistance SA (@Resistance SA)1543449806.0
@WeAreSinclair @BorisEP Your attempt at damage control is... https://t.co/6VNfyL5NfS— Brian (@Brian)1543450196.0
We'll have to wait to see if any action is taken.