Kyle Rittenhouse: The Media’s Assault on the Rights of the Accused
To the relief of many, the Kyle Rittenhouse trial is over and a Kenosha County, Wisconsin, jury found Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts. While they believed that Rittenhouse acted legally in self-defense, it is clear that the vast majority of progressive American mainstream journalists believed him to be a murderer and would accept no other explanation.
Now it is one thing to believe something but quite another to throw out false information in the hopes that media members can help rig a conviction, and that is what was seen in the coverage of this case, from pretrial, the trial itself, and to the current moment. Furthermore, the progressive mainstream media coverage of this case goes well beyond the simple falsehoods we heard on a regular basis and threatens the fundamental rights of the accused that have been a bedrock of US criminal law since before the founding of the republic.
Following the verdict, I turned on MSNBC, which has been a leader in the false claims that Rittenhouse was a so-called white supremacist who went to Kenosha to hunt and kill people. The network has not disappointed in its postverdict coverage, beginning with the accusations by a panel of attorneys, law professors, and an official with Black Lives Matter. We heard that this was another Emmett Till verdict, that the judge in the trial was a white supremacist who rigged an acquittal, and that the entire case was about promoting white supremacy.
Conversely, the prosecutors were heroic and the jurors simply failed to do their duties. MSNBC contributor Ja’han Jones declared: “The Kyle Rittenhouse trail was designed to protect white conservatives who kill:”
The case had the makings of an acquittal before the trial even began. The outcome seemed clear even before an almost exclusively white jury pool was selected, even before Judge Bruce Schroeder created an uproar by ruling that the slain protesters could be referred to as “rioters” and “looters” but not “victims,” even before Schroeder refused to punish Rittenhouse for what prosecutors said amounted to a violation of his bond conditions. Rittenhouse is a white teen who abides by white rules, and white people empathetic to those rules seemed poised to insulate him from repercussions.
The day he pleaded not guilty to felony homicide, Rittenhouse flashed a white supremacist symbol and was “loudly serenaded” by a group of men at a bar who belted out the anthem of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, according to prosecutors.
Most likely, Rittenhouse make the “OK” sign, which until recently meant, well, OK. However, in our racially charged body politic, people must look for everything to be interpreted racially, even if no racial intent was intended or demonstrated.
Nor was MSNBC the only offender in racializing the verdict, as President Joe Biden, after earlier having falsely declared Rittenhouse to be a “white supremacist,” decided to pour even more gasoline on the fire in an official White House statement following the verdict saying that he was “angry and concerned.” In a bizarre, Bidenesque move, he then said this:
I ran on a promise to bring Americans together, because I believe that what unites us is far greater than what divides us. I know that we’re not going to heal our country’s wounds overnight, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with fairness and dignity, under the law.
I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law. Violence and destruction of property have no place in our democracy.
Over the last few weeks, many dreaded the outcome we just witnessed. The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is what we should expect from our judicial system, but that standard is not always applied equally. We have seen so many black and brown youth killed, only to be put on trial posthumously, while the innocence of Kyle Rittenhouse was virtually demanded by the judge.
These statements are mind-boggling departures from reality. While giving lip service to their “respect” for juries, Biden and Barns then officially call
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