Russian Jews have suffered great persecution over the centuries. Many of them have chosen to come to America to seek refuge and freedom from oppression. It is disturbing that the New Yorker, in a recent article by Sheelah Kolhatkar titled “The Growth of Sinclair’s Conservative Media Empire,” chose to focus on the nationality of such a Jewish refugee, Sinclair Chief Political Analyst Boris Epshteyn, identifying him as “Russian – born.”
The story contains almost 6,500 words and mentions over 40 people, but only Mr. Epshteyn’s nationality or ethnicity was mentioned. This appears to have been an attempt by the New Yorker and Ms. Kolhatkar to somehow instill doubt about Mr. Epshteyn’s credibility and loyalty because of where he was born before coming to America as a Jewish refugee and becoming an American citizen over 15 years ago.
I ask the New Yorker to issue a correction and to apologize to Mr. Epshteyn.