Sinclair Broadcasting Segment Takes Aim at CNN’s Chris Cillizza Because He Botched a GIF of Trump


You may have missed this story yesterday; we at Mediaite did our best to ignore it. To fill you in: CNN’s most vanilla political commentator, Chris Cillizza, botched an attempt to tweet a GIF of Donald Trump, accidentally posting an image that appeared to show the president in crosshairs. He eventually deleted the tweet, and blamed the mistake on GIF Grabber.

A number of imbeciles online (you be the judge of whether they were too stupid to realize Cillizza made a mistake, or acting in bad faith in an attempt to smear CNN) lost their minds with outrage: Pizzagater Mike Cernovich called the tweet “an assassination threat on our President!” and it was covered by, the Washington Examiner, the Washington Times and the Daily Caller.

The Daily Caller even published a story, penned by scrupulous media reporter Amber Athey, essentially accusing Cillizza of lying in his explanation that GIF Grabber applied the crosshairs. Athey eventually added a correction to her story, described as an “update,” accepting that Cillizza’s explanation held water.

Now you can add Sinclair Broadcasting — America’s biggest owner of local stations recently made famous for anti-media “must run” segments it was airing — to the list of outlets succumbing to a Cillizza-induced fever.

Boris Epshtyn, a former Trump campaign aide who now serves as Sinclair’s political commentator, covered Cillizza’s tweet in his monologue — aptly titled “Media Hypocrisy” — which runs on local news stations.

“CNN’s editor at large Chris Cillizza posted on Twitter, and then deleted, a picture of President Donald Trump in what looked like crosshairs, a shooting target,” Epshtyn announced gravely. “Cillizza said that the image was tweeted by mistake because of a mix up with the program used to generate it.”

“That is a plausible explanation and I have no idea whether it is true or not,” the commentator added. “What I do know is that some in the media are getting more and more violent in their language toward the Trump administration,” he continued. “The hypocrisy runs pretty deep because this happens on the same outlets where you often hear complaints about the rhetoric used by the president and his administration.”

Epshtyn went on to cite examples of people in the media supposedly using violent rhetoric when describing members of the Trump administration, such as when MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace asked a political reporter if she felt like she wanted to “wring” Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ neck.

Watch above, via Sinclair.

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