A member of the media has crossed the bright red line of responsible journalism in covering the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. The jurors, who are taking their responsibility seriously, are being intimidated.
The consensus reporting on the alleged crimes committed by the teenager does not mirror what is really happening in the courtroom. The photographic and video evidence should speak for itself, but it’s been blurred.
Rittenhouse, who was 17 last year when he armed himself with an AR-15, which was the only weapon he could legally possess at his age, says he tried to defend the city in which his father lives. While it’s questionable for him to arm himself with a rifle and head to the streets of Kenosha during a riot, there is no proof his actions were “racially motivated.”
There has been zero evidence introduced to prove Rittenhouse is racist or that he is a white supremacist as postulated by President Biden.
The judge has also been accused of being a racist. He has a patriotic ringtone, despite being appointed by a Democratic Governor.
And now, the jury has become a target. Wednesday evening, a producer for MSNBC was pulled over for running a red light while following the vehicle carrying the jury. When he was pulled over, he allegedly told the officer that his superiors at the network had told him to follow the jury and get photos of them.
“The man, who identified himself as James Morrison,” was pulled over Wednesday after he allegedly blew a red light while pursuing a bus that transports jurors from the Kenosha County Courthouse, Judge Bruce Schroeder said.
“He stated that he had been instructed by [a superior] in New York to follow the jury bus,” Schroeder said.
Police confirmed Thursday that there was an “incident with a person who is alleging to be affiliated with a national media outlet” and the suspect was issued several traffic citations.
Judge Bruce Schroeder called this unacceptable, dangerous behavior and barred MSNBC from his courtroom and courthouse moving forward.
NBC News called the offending journalist a “freelancer” and said he “never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during deliberations, and never photographed or intended to photograph them.”
The network said it regretted the incident and would fully cooperate with an investigation.
The jurors, who began deliberating on Tuesday, are anonymous by order of the court. Schroeder said they were riding in a bus whose windows had been covered over to keep them from seeing any signs about the case.
Schroeder said the person who followed the jury bus had been told by his boss in New York to do so. Kenosha police tweeted that the person was briefly taken into custody and issued several traffic-related citations.
Last night a person who is alleging to be affiliated with a national media outlet was briefly taken into custody and issued several traffic related citations. Police suspect this person was trying to photograph jurors. This incident is being investigated much further.
— Kenosha Police Dept. (@KenoshaPolice) November 18, 2021
The judge called it an “extremely serious matter” and said it will be “referred to the proper authorities for further action.”
The jury, which is not sequestered, will resume deliberations Friday. The panel is attempting to follow the facts while being closely followed and colored by the press.
The media needs to follow the facts, not the jury.
Rittenhouse, 18, shot and killed two people and wounded a third during a riot against in Kenosha last year. He testified he fired in self-defense after the men attacked him. He faces life in prison if convicted on all five charges.
The judge had barred anyone from photographing jurors at the outset of the politically charged trial.