Sinclair Broadcasting's Boris Epshteyn continued his praise of all-things Trump in a Friday commentary about the appointment of Anthony Saramucci as White House communication director:
The president wanted to bring in a fresh perspective to help manage and communicate the White House's message. . . .
I know Anthony personally; he is a good friend. He is unquestionably passionate and direct -- that’s been pretty obvious. He also has a high level of respect for media, having been a part of it himself.
The reason his appointment matters is that there is going to be a new approach to dealing with the media from the White House.
Who is Boris Epshteyn? Slate's Katy Waldman explains:
The former special assistant to President Trump hosts the 90-to-120-second program “Bottom Line With Boris,” which as of last week has been scheduled to run eight or nine times a week on Sinclair’s 173 local TV stations in 81 markets.
"Scheduled" may be too mild of a verb; here's Media Matters take:
Sinclair’s openly pro-Trump corporate offices mandate that every “Bottom Line with Boris” segment run on all of its 173 television news stations in 33 states and the District of Columbia.
Waldman's article further describes Epshteyn's background:
Until a few months ago, Epshteyn was on the White House payroll. In addition to his special assistant position—which, per Politico, entailed “oversee[ing] White House officials who appear on television to speak on behalf of the administration”—he also served as communications director for the Trump inaugural committee and senior adviser to the campaign. There, the surrogate for America’s bully-in-chief developed a reputation for bellicosity. As the Daily Beast recounted, he’d pleaded guilty to assault in 2014. The House Intelligence Committee also wants to question Epshteyn, who was born in the then–Soviet Union in 1982, about his ties to the Kremlin. In March, not long after the Jewish staffer had crafted the notorious Holocaust Remembrance Day statement that omitted any mention of Judaism, he left the Trump administration amid reports that everyone at every cable news network hated him. A month later, Sinclair scooped him up as a pundit.
(Note -- the Slate article has the necessary links.)
As readers probably know, Scaramucci's "fresh perspective" was apparently a bit too "fresh" -- he was fired yesterday.