Bari Weiss, Substack journalist, attacked the media for its inaccuracy regarding the Kyle Rittenhouse Case.
Here’s what I believed to be true regarding Kyle Rittenhouse in the final days of August 2020, based upon mainstream media reports: The 17 year-old Rittenhouse was a racist vigilante. He drove from Wisconsin to Kenosha with an illegally obtained semi-automatic rifle and a connection to another town. He went to the area because he was aware of Black Lives Matter protests, and wanted to get involved in a fight. And I thought that by the end of the evening of August 25, 2020, he had done just that, killing two peaceful protestors and injuring a third… It turns out that account was mostly wrong,” Weiss began her piece Wednesday.
“Unless you’re a regular reader of independent reporting… you would have been served a pack of lies about what happened during those terrible days in Kenosha. “And you’d have been shocked by how the Wisconsin trial progressed over the past weeks, as each core claim was undermined and the evidence about what really happened that night,” Weiss stated.
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The “Common Sense” writer slammed the “disinformation campaign” pushed by the media and Democratic lawmakers “for the sake of an expedient political narrative—a narrative that asked people to believe, among other unrealities, that blocks of burning buildings somehow constituted peaceful protests.”
As CNN’s correspondent from Kenosha reported last year, she pointed out the famous CNN graphic “FIERY BUT MOST PEACEFUL TESTS”, which showed a CNN reporter standing in front of rioters.
Then she took one more look at the aforementioned. TweetRep. Ayanna, D-Mass. wrote this: “A domestic white supremacist white supremacist drove across state boundaries, arming himself with an AR 15″. He killed two people who were gathering to express their support for Black life’s dignity, value and worth. Fix your damn headlines.” Weiss tweeted that the tweet summarised Rittenhouse’s “mainstream position”.
“But just as in the cases of Covington Catholic’s Nick Sandmann or Jussie Smollet or the ‘Russia-collusion’ narrative, almost none of the details holding up that politically convenient position (boys in MAGA hats are bigoted; racism is as much a blight as it has always been; Trump conspired with Putin) were true,” Weiss wrote.
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Weiss dismantled all the lies being pushed by media, starting with the assertion that Rittenhouse was a white supremacist, which she stated there was no evidence to support. Next, Weiss addressed the idea that Rittenhouse had no connections to Kenosha where he lived and worked, as well as the suggestion that Rittenhouse “crossed state borders” for his job, which he did the night prior to the shootings.
And last but not least, “there’s no clear indication that Rittenhouse sought to kill anyone.”
“In the aftermath the media frenzy surrounding the Covington Catholic Story, at least there were some meaculpas from mainstream press. Some sense of shame. Some desire to get their eggs off their faces. But with rare exception, it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting that here,” Weiss predicted.
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The former New York Times opinion editor then roasted MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough for claiming as recently as last week Rittenhouse “drove across state — had his mother drive him across state lines—he appointed himself a militia member, he goes around and he ends up unloading, what, sixty rounds.”
Bakari Sellars of CNN was also attacked for similar claims.
“To admit that the press, in the main, got just about every key fact in the Rittenhouse case wrong — that he crossed state lines with a gun, that he had the gun illegally, that he had no connection to Kenosha, that he was connected to white supremacist groups — has nothing to do with whether Kyle Rittenhouse should have gone to Kenosha that day. It has nothing to do with where one stands on the question of open carry… Or whether or not a teenager should be allowed to walk around with a semiautomatic rifle,” Weiss wrote. “No teenage should have been seen wandering around Kenosha in chaos with a semiautomatic weapon that night. However, self-defense is still possible.
Podcast host “Honestly” continued to say that the tragedy which led to the deaths of two people and injured could have been prevented if Wisconsin had maintained its rule of law.
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“It did not help that in many places last summer cities and police forces indicated or explicitly said they wouldn’t defend people’s property from destruction or burglary during the unrest. And it didn’t help our understanding of what transpired on August 25 that we were told repeatedly by national media outlets that there weren’t riots, and there wasn’t violence in Kenosha that night until Kyle Rittenhouse discharged his weapon. We were able to see blocks of burned buildings from our own eyes,” Weiss stated.
Her continued: “To accept the fact of what occurred that night isn’t political. Recognizing reality is all it takes. This is simply to acknowledge that truths are facts, and lies are lies. It’s to assert that mob justice doesn’t exist. This is to assert that media consensus does not equal due process. The National Guard, which pretends otherwise to political expediency, is currently standing guard in Kenosha in preparation for violence in anticipation of a verdict, which, for many, is already decided.