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Sinclair Group reportedly had TV stations to air ‘must run’ anti-migrant rant



migrant caravan border wall
of migrant caravan walk next to the border fence between Mexico
and the US before preparations for an asylum request in the US,
in Tijuana.


  • The right-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group reportedly had a
    “must run” segment for over 100 of their local news outlets: a
    staunch defense of the US Border Patrol’s use of tear gas against
    migrants, according to reports.
  • President Donald Trump has strongly defended his government’s
    use of tear gas at the Mexican border.
  • Former Trump staffer and Sinclair’s Chief Political Analyst
    Boris Epshteyn features heavily in the clip, calling the incident
    “an invasion of our country.”

A report from
The Daily Beast
suggests that the right-leaning Sinclair
Broadcast Group gave over 100 of their local news outlets a “must
run” segment to broadcast: a defense of the US Border Patrol’s
use of tear gas against migrants, including children crossing the
border, on Sunday.

Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which is based in Maryland, is the
largest television station owner in the United States. According
, “The company distributes ‘must-run; segments
to its newsrooms, requiring they air them within 48 hours,” which
“typically feature conservative commentary, including a recurring
segment from former Donald Trump official Boris Epshteyn.”

According to
Media Matters
, a progressive non-profit that monitors
conservative media, this “must-run” news segment features
Epshteyn, Sinclair’s chief political analyst. A tweet from Media
Matter’s Pam Vogel suggests that Sinclair forced around 100 local
news networks to air Epshteyn’s defense of Border Patrol agents
tear gassing asylum-seeking migrants.

The “must-run” segment, which airs during otherwise objective
local-news broadcasts, begins with Epshteyn declaring: “The
migrant crisis on our southern border has greatly escalated.”

According to The Daily Beast,
footage from the confrontation
plays on the screen, and he adds: “Dozens of migrants attacked
U.S. border enforcement by throwing rocks and bottles.
Ultimately, American authorities had to use tear gas to stop the

“The migrant crisis on our southern border has greatly
escalated,” Epshteyn says, as viewers watch clips of the border
violence unfold.

On Sunday, US border enforcement used tear gas to repel the crowd
of migrants that ranged from
several rock-throwers
to children.

Epshteyn is quoted as saying:

“The fact of the matter is that this is an attempted invasion
of our country. Period. Our border must remain intact and
secure. It is not a partisan position to believe that our
immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed. However, it
unfortunately appears that there are many on the left who
believe it is wrong to defend our country and abide by the rule
of law. I would bet that many of those same people live behind
walls and locked doors but do not want to afford the same
benefit to our country as a whole.”

In the face of growing anger over the incident President Donald
Trump has strongly defended the US use of tear gas at the Mexican

“They were being rushed by some very tough people and they used
tear gas,” Trump said on Monday of the previous day’s encounters
at the Mexican border.

“Here’s the bottom line: Nobody is coming into our country unless
they come in legally,” he continued.

At a roundtable in Mississippi later on Monday, Trump tacitly
acknowledge that children were affected, but seemed to blame poor
parenting on the violence that followed.

“Why is a parent running up into an area where they know the tear
gas is forming and it’s going to be formed and they were running
up with a child?” he asked.

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