Today it is Kyle Rittenhouse. Not so long ago it was the young Nicholas Sandmann. And, of course, for about four years it has been the business of Trump-Russia collusion. What do these three episodes have in common? This would be the fact of a wildly false liberal media narrative.
Let’s start with the current case of 18-year-old Rittenhouse. Recall that what launched the case was the police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, of a black man named Jacob Blake in August 2020. The incident came in the wake of riots across the country caused by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by the police. Blake’s shooting sparked a riot in Kenosha and the media immediately waved the plate.
A classic example was the reporting of The Washington Post, who said this, as reported by Fox News: “Blake, who according to witnesses had tried to interrupt an argument between two women, was disarmed and shot on his way back to his vehicle.”
The problem? Blake was indeed armed – with a knife. He was shot when, at arm’s length from a policeman, he started making sharp movements against the policeman. Then, when a riot broke out in Kenosha to protest his shooting, there was, as quoted in The New York Post by William A. Jacobson, professor of clinical law at Cornell Law School and founder of Legal insurrection politician and lawyer, CNN reporter Omar Jimenez “standing in front of burning buildings in Kenosha with the chyron on air reading, ‘Fiery but mostly peaceful protests after police shootings.’ “
Jacobson goes on – correctly – to say this:
But how was it extensively documented, the case is going badly for the prosecution. While I’m not anticipating an outcome, having followed the case carefully, I can say that Rittenhouse has a strong case for self-defense.
One of the deceased, Joseph Rosenbaum, was a clearly violent person who had threatened to kill Rittenhouse, chased him and went to get Rittenhouse’s rifle when he was shot. The other dead man, Anthony Huber, was hitting Rittenhouse with a skateboard in a swinging fashion when he was shot.
Gaige Grosskreutz, who was wounded, admitted on cross-examination that he ran after Rittenhouse and closed the gate (but denied “chasing” him) – and that Rittenhouse only fired on him when Grosskreutz lowered his gun. Glock charges to aim directly at him. Rittenhouse from three feet away.
… With court evidence inconsistent with the news narrative, there could have been a major mea culpa from the media. Instead, the headlines and shots continue that pre-trial narrative, even if the inconvenient facts appear at the bottom of the articles.
…. From the beginning of Blake’s shooting, to the riots and now to the Rittenhouse trial, media neglect has framed a completely separate Kenosha narrative from reality.
In other words, Kyle Rittenhouse’s media narrative and the events of that night in Kenosha proved completely wrong.
Which brings us back to the young Nicholas Sandmann. Recall that Sandmann, in Washington with his class from Covington, Kentucky Catholic High School to attend the annual March for Life, was simply standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial waiting for the school bus to pick them up for the return trip. Kentucky. And oh yeah, Sandmann and many of his classmates wore Trump’s famous red hats that proclaimed “Make America Great Again”.
Native American activist Nathan Phillips was caught playing a drum in front of Sandmann’s smiling face. The media immediately tried to portray Sandmann as an arrogant, racist white boy who had gone to great lengths to harass Elder Phillips. The theme of that narrative has been repeated several times in the Washington Post, CNN and elsewhere.
In fact, more videos eventually surfaced showing that the incident worked exactly the other way around. Standing there not disturbing anyone, it was Phillips who approached Sandmann and his classmates and started harassing them.
But the bogus media narrative continued. To the chagrin of the media. Here is the eventual title in The New York Post:
The Washington Post closes a $ 250 million lawsuit with Covington teenager Nick Sandmann
Right. Cleverly, young Sandmann and his family did not keep the shameful narrative at bay. They started suing various media outlets which pushed the completely made-up story to claim that Sandmann was a racist and even worse.
Reported The New York Post:
The Washington Post On Friday he agreed to settle a monstrous $ 250 million lawsuit filed by Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann over the botched coverage of his 2019 meeting with an elderly Native American.
Sandmann declared the victory in a tweet on the occasion of his 18th birthday. It is not clear how satisfied the newspaper was.
“On 2/19/19, I filed a $ 250 million libel suit against Washington Post. Today I turned 18 and WaPo solved my case ” hey wrote.
…. It is the teenager’s second win in a massive $ 800 million defamation battle against a number of news outlets, including the Washington Post, CNN, ABC, CBS, The Guardian, The Hill and NBC. CNN has agreed to settle with Sandmann in January of this year as part of a separate $ 275 million claim.
Switch to the narrative of the Trump-Russia collusion. In which the media insisted that Donald Trump was a tool – an asset – of Russia in the 2016 campaign. The narrative launched a four-year media assault on not only Trump’s successful 2016 campaign but also his presidency, full of Mueller’s special adviser investigation.
And now? The allegations slowly emerging from Special Adviser John Durham’s investigation are revealing that – here! – the whole story of the Trump-Russia collusion was completely made up by Trump hater Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence agent. It was written in his infamous “Steele Dossier”. And it was paid for by… .. Hillary Clinton’s acolytes.
Over there a The Washington Post, the newspaper’s media critic, Erik Wemple, has surprisingly chastised media coverage in general and that of his newspaper in particular. Its title:
The source of Steele’s indictment is another bad news for multiple media outlets
Wemple said of the indictment of a certain Igor Danchenko, “the main intelligence collector of the dossier” and analyst at the left-wing think tank Brookings:
“Danchenko’s indictment also serves as a criticism of several media that covered Steele’s reports in 2016 and after his BuzzFeed release in January 2017. As discussed in this series, CNN, MSNBC, Mother Jones, the McClatchy newspaper chain and various experts showered the dossier with credibility without confirmation – and found other topics to cover when a forced debunking arrived in December 2019 via a report by the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz. “
So what do we have here?
What we have is a crystalline model of the media substituting liberal bias for the facts of a given history. The center of the story of the moment could be Kyle Rittenhouse or Nicholas Sandmann or the Trump-Russia collusion. It could be, heaven knows, all sorts of other news. But the one constant in each is that the liberals of these liberal media deliberately – let’s say again deliberately – report the facts of a case with far-left bias.
Now Kyle Rittenhouse’s liberal narrative seems to collapse in court.
The question is, will the liberal media learn from this? Will he finally learn that in reporting the news it is the facts, not the political bias of a liberal narrative, that dominate? Don’t bet on the ranch.
And one last question? In fact, if Kyle Rittenhouse is found innocent or a mistrial is declared? Will Rittenhouse and his family, modeled after young Nicholas Sandmann and his family, begin looking for a lawyer to focus on the newspapers and television outlets that have spent reams of print, cyberspace and television to push the liberal media narrative that Rittenhouse was a white supremacist and cold-blooded killer – when was it proven that he was neither?