Former senior Trump aide and current chief political analyst of Sinclair Broadcast Group Boris Epshteyn recently gave a misleading commentary about Trump’s responses to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Sinclair’s 173 TV and radio stations.
Sinclair requires that Epshteyn’s 90-second commentary be aired on all of its stations, notes Media Matters.
Epshteyn did not disclose his longtime ties with Trump, but instead said: “The sky is blue. Does the president have to repeat that fact day-in and day-out for us to believe it? No, he does not.”
Epshteyn did not mention that Trump refused to call out white supremacists and neo-Nazis by name for two days, following the murder of Heather Heyer by a white supremacist on Aug. 12 in Charlottesville.
Epshteyn did not mention Trump’s initial comments which referred to violence “on many sides,” nor did Epshteyn acknowledge Trump’s press conference in which he gave “white supremacists an unequivocal boost.”
Instead, Epshteyn tried to play up violence on ‘the left” and played a months-old clip of Republicans who were shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, which had nothing to do with Charlottesville.
Epshteyn also played a clip of Trump’s Aug. 14 written and prepared statement that he gave only after being slammed by members of his own party for not calling out Charlottesville racists who chanted anti-Semitic slogans.