MSNBC and The Arrogance of Left-Wing Media Power

Kyle Rittenhouse, Kenosha has been found not guilty of all charges.

Not content with setting a wildly error-filled left-wing narrative that Rittenhouse is a white supremacist, a racist, a vigilante – yada yada yada as Jerry Seinfeld use to say – MSNBC took things a step further.

This week, before the verdict was in and jurors were in the process of deliberating, America learned directly from the trial’s Judge Bruce Schroeder, as reported by Fox News, that he was banning anyone connected to the far-left network from entering the court house building where the trial was being conducted.

Why?  Fox News reports it as follows:

Judge Rittenhouse bans MSNBC in courtroom after someone is accused of following the jury bus
Kenosha Police have briefly interviewed Judge Bruce Schroeder about the incident.

It is hard to imagine Fox’s laughter when it reported the news of the left-wing competitor that is, like CNN, routinely losing in ratings.

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Judge Bruce Schroeder made a short statement to the court about an incident during which an individual claiming to work for MSNBC, followed a closed bus that had its windows blocked as it left the courthouse. The purpose of the bus was to transport jurors in an undetermined location.

‘I have instructed that no one from MSNBC news will be permitted in this building for the duration of this trial,’ Schroeder said. ‘This is a very serious matter and I don’t know what the ultimate truth of it is, but absolutely it would go without much thinking that someone who is following the jury bus – that is an extremely serious matter and will be referred to the proper authorities for further action.’

The man spotted following the bus identified himself as James J. Morrison – and he told investigators he was instructed to follow the vehicle, Schroeder added. According to the judge, Morrison said he was working for MSNBC in New York.

MSNBC responded quickly and sent a statement directly to Fox.

Yesterday night, a freelancer was given a traffic ticket. The traffic violation was committed near the jury van. However, the freelancer didn’t contact, or even intend to, jurors at deliberations. They were also not photographed. We are sorry for the accident and will be fully cooperating with any authorities investigating it.

Is there anything missing from the MSNBC statement? The statement is a jewel of what is called in the trade the “non-denial denial.”

Mark well that the MSNBC freelancer Morrison “told investigators he was instructed to follow the vehicle” and “claimed to be working under the supervision of an MSNBC producer based in New York.”

The MSNBC statement, pretending to contriteness, says only that “the freelancer never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during deliberations, and never photographed or intended to photograph them.” The statement is absolutely stonewalled silent on Morrison’s claim that he was “instructed to follow the vehicle” because he was “working under the supervision of an MSNBC producer based in New York.”

In other words, MSNBC is effectively admitting that Morrison was correct – he was indeed instructed by an MSNBC boss to follow the juror’s bus.

What is the reason? The reason is, one imagines that Judge Schroeder will uncover the answer and Kenosha police will reveal it to the public.

Kenosha, it is said, can’t be denied. In anticipation that Kyle Rittenhouse would be found innocent, the Governor of Wisconsin ordered 500 National Guardsmen to enter Kenosha.

But, why?

The reason Kenosha is in such a fragile state is precisely because MSNBC – and other liberal media outlets, not to mention President Joe Biden- had already tried and convicted young Rittenhouse long before the first fall of the Judge’s gavel. Kyle Rittenhouse, in the words of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandThe media has treated this story as if it were a new start in the saga:

“Let the jury consider their verdict,” the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.

“No, no!” said the Queen. “Sentence first—verdict afterwards.”

“Stuff and nonsense!” said Alice loudly. “The idea of having the sentence first!”

Stuff and nonsense is indeed the description of MSNBC’s coverage of Rittenhouse.

But the result of this media lynch mob – and MSNBC is the very epitome of this – was to create yet another liberal narrative that fill-in-the-blank – Kyle Rittenhouse in this instance – is a racist/white supremacist/vigilante etc etc etc.

Then, with  one legal analyst after another examining the evidence produced in the trial,  serious doubt was beginning to be cast on this liberal narrative. Doubt that was vindicated when the “not guilty on all counts” verdict was in. As discussed in this space last week, the liberal media narrative about what Rittenhouse is and what he did isn’t the only liberal media narrative to blow up.

The narrative about Nicholas Sandmann from Covington in Kentucky and his false claims regarding the conduct of the March to Life rally are just a few others.  Notably, in Sandmann’s case he is becoming a very rich young man after settling lawsuits with CNN and The Washington Post. And oh yes – he sued NBC/MSNBC for $275 million for defamation. And – this is almost too rich – Sandmann himself has now come out in staunch support of Rittenhouse and is advising him to do exactly what he, Sandmann did. This means that you can sue MSNBC, and other liberal media outlets for millions.

One would assume MSNBC would already have learned their lesson.

It’s not. MSNBC’s contribution to the Kenosha tinderbox is because it doesn’t just focus on facts journalism. It is all about liberal media power arrogance. Which is exactly the mindset behind this latest stunt of having an MSNBC employee – under direct instruction from an MSNBC staffer in New York – effectively spy on the Rittenhouse jurors. Running a surveillance operation and assuming they wouldn’t get caught.

However, they did.

It is obvious that Judge Schroeder does not live a happy life. It is certain that MSNBC will be held responsible by Judge Schroeder and Kenosha Police for this stunt.

They should.

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