Sinclair’s Latest ‘Must-Run’ Segment Pushes Dishonest Right-Wing Smear Against CNN’s Chris Cillizza

Sinclair’s Latest ‘Must-Run’ Segment Pushes Dishonest Right-Wing Smear Against CNN’s Chris Cillizza

In the latest piece of political commentary from ex-White House aide Boris Epshteyn that is required to run on Sinclair-owned TV stations, the former Trump campaign advisor decided to jump aboard the latest — and perhaps most petty — bit of outrage that has overtaken the conservative media sphere.

In his typical wooden delivery, Epshteyn noted that CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza had deleted a tweet of President Trump that included a picture of the president in crosshairs. He then highlighted that Cillizza offered up an explanation for the possibly inflammatory tweet.

“Cillizza said that the image was tweeted by mistake because of a mix up with the program used to generate it,” Epshteyn stated. “That is a plausible explanation and I have no idea whether it is true or not.”

Now, despite acknowledging that Cillizza — a man who is known for having the most vanilla political opinions on the planet — had provided a legit rationale for posting a screengrab of Trump looking like he was targeted by a gun, Epshteyn proceeded to tie this into what he perceives as the media’s violent rhetoric towards the president.

Epshteyn went on to highlight recent comments by CNN’s April Ryan and MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace in which they suggested violent actions needed to be taken against White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, parroting other right-wing outlets that have tied these remarks to Cillizza’s tweet.

The Trump surrogate then ended his monologue with this “bottom line”:

“Whether CNN’s Chris Cillizza tweeted a picture of President Trump in the middle of a target by mistake or not, that tweet is representative of an overall anger and unacceptable violent attitude toward the president and his team by those who are supposed to be bringing us the news.”

Again, Epshteyn acknowledged that Cillizza’s explanation for the image was “plausible,” but he decided to go ahead and make it the centerpiece of a commentary about media violence.

Hmmm, so why would Sinclair’s must-run political analyst deliver something like this?

Watch the clip above, via Sinclair.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.