Sinclair Broadcast Group is axing one of its biggest stars, Boris Epshteyn, the network’s chief political analyst and a former special assistant to President Donald Trump. The move is part of a company-wide effort to move away from political commentary in favor of investigative journalism, the network said Wednesday.
“We have to shine a light on our value proposition every quarter hour, in every newscast,” the company said in a statement to its staff. “Therefore, we will be expanding our local investigative journalism footprint in our daily newscasts. We are excited to dedicate more time in our newscasts to report on critical and relevant issues.”
Epshteyn’s political commentary has been widely criticized. In a piece last year about immigration on the Southern border, Epshteyn used the word “invasion” to describe the influx of migrants. Sinclair was forced to post a tweet that the viewpoint did not represent the company’s views and that it is “committed to fair, unbiased journalism across our stations nationwide.”
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