Sebastian Gorka, the former Trump aide with ties to a Hungarian Nazi party, is hosting a new must-run show for Sinclair about the “dangers” of socialism.
As Media Matters wrote Friday, the 30-minute special appears to be the first in a multipart series which will “take an in-depth look at the appeal of a system that promises equality to all and what happens when the initial enthusiasm gives way to a sobering reality.”
According to Media Matters, the first installment of the series focuses on democratic socialists who have been elected in the United States, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Virginia state delegate Lee Carter, as well as socialist regimes throughout history that have gone wrong and grown violent.
The special is part of pattern of Sinclair-mandated propaganda, including alarmist “terrorism reports” and right-wing opinion pieces packaged as news reports from former Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn and former Sinclair Vice President Mark Hyman.
Earlier this year, Sinclair mandated that their local anchors across the country read a script about “fake news.”
“We’re concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country. The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media,” it read in part.
“More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories… stories that just aren’t true, without checking facts first. Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think’…This is extremely dangerous to a democracy.”
Gorka, for his part, made his name while working for Trump. He claims to be a national security expert, but his credentials are questionable.
“Several experts interviewed by Politico puzzled over the gap between the numerous military academic credentials listed by Gorka — a political science Ph.D. who unfailingly uses the title ‘Dr.’ — and their unfamiliarity with his work and views,” a Politico article from last year read.
Additionally, and more importantly, he is also a sworn member of a Nazi-allied party in Hungary. Last year, The Forward uncovered Gorka’s ties to a group known as Vitézi Rend, which according to the State Department, was “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II.
“I have never taken an oath of loyalty to the Vitézi Rend,” Gorka told Tablet Magazine after The Forward story was published. “Since childhood, I have occasionally worn my father’s medal and used the ‘v.’ initial to honor his struggle against totalitarianism.”
Still, he remained in the White House for months after his ties were revealed.