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Opinion: Terrorism is not 'nonsense'

FILE - This is a Tuesday May 23, 2017 file photo of a couple as they embrace under a billboard in Manchester in England Tuesday May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left more than 20 people dead . (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth/File)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - It seems that this station and others which are all part of the Sinclair Broadcast Group family are doing something right. I’m coming to you from WJLA in the nation’s capital, a station honored with 20 Emmy awards including for overall excellence.

Dozens of other Sinclair Broadcast Group stations were recognized for their excellence as well.

That’s why the recent, broadside attack on our company by HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” came as a surprise to us.

Of course, media companies are not immune to criticism and it is an acceptable expression of freedom of speech.

What did strike me, however, is that Sinclair-owned stations were attacked for covering news related to terror, here in this country and around the world.

“But the truth is, if you work at a Sinclair station there is only so much you can do and should this Tribune acquisition go through, there are going to be even more good journalists see their hard work alongside terror desk nonsense,” Oliver said during his show.

Nonsense? Terrorism is not nonsense. Tell that to the families of the eight people killed and nearly 50 people injured in last month’s London Bridge attack, or the loved ones of the 23 who were killed and more than 250 who were injured at the Manchester Arena bombing in May, or perhaps tell that to the families of more than 80 people killed and hundreds of others injured in Nice, France, last year.

Here in the United States, federal prosecutors have charged 111 men and women since 2014 in connection with the Islamic State, according to a report last month in The Washington Post.

Sadly, in this day and age, it is necessary to cover terror on a regular basis. Whether it’s in New York, Manchester or your hometown, terror has become all too real to people across the globe.

The beauty of media in the digital age is that news can be shared quickly, and when that news is about terror, the quickness can save lives.

The bottom line is that Sinclair strives to keep its viewers informed as well as protected, and it is vital that viewers do not stick their heads in the sand and are aware of the threats facing each and every one of us.

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