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As Rittenhouse trial goes 'wrong,' media retreat to alternate universe

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 11/9/2021 Becket Adams
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The corporate press really want a guilty verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old Illinoisan accused of shooting three white protesters last year during the Black Lives Matter riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Members of the press want it so badly they're actively ignoring exculpatory evidence offered in court.

Gaige Grosskreutz, one of the three individuals Rittenhouse shot, was called this week to testify. During his cross-examination, Grosskreutz revealed Rittenhouse shot him after he, brandishing his own loaded firearm, charged the 18-year-old.

Grosskreutz had little choice but to make this admission. He was shown photos taken moments before he was shot, showing him pointing a firearm at Rittenhouse.

“So when you were standing 3 to 5 feet from him with your arms up in the air, he never fired, right?” asked defense attorney Corey Chirafisi.

“Correct,” Grosskreutz said.

“It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him with your gun — now your hands down, pointed at him — that he fired, right?” Chirafisi asked.

“Correct,” responded Grosskreutz, whose concealed-carry permitted was expired at the time of the shooting.

For the record, Rittenhouse claimed he was in Kenosha armed with a rifle as part of a broader effort to protect local businesses from looters. Rittenhouse, charged with killing two people that evening, claims he acted in self-defense.

The fact Rittenhouse fired only when threatened with a gun seems like a pretty big admission. You would think all the news reporting on Grosskreutz’s testimony would lead with it. But our very reliable and responsible media don’t think so. For them, this prosecution witness's remarks suggesting Rittenhouse really did act in self-defense are an inconvenient truth to be ignored.

“The man who survived being shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last August testified on Monday that he never tried to kill the heavily-armed teenager,” the Daily Beast said this week in a breaking news alert. “In fact, he said at the teen’s murder trial, he was actually trying to surrender to him.”

NBC News reported in its headline, “Kyle Rittenhouse shooting victim says he thought he was 'going to die.’” The story’s subhead adds: “Gaige Grosskreutz, a licensed paramedic from suburban Milwaukee, said he went to Wisconsin to help treat people hurt in protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.”

NBC’s story, by the way, appeared this week at the top of Facebook’s curated news tab, meaning a human decided NBC’s version of events was the most important story of the day. Not only that, they thought NBC's reporting accurately captured the most noteworthy moment from Grosskreutz’s testimony.

“Armed paramedic who was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse testifies he thought teen was an active shooter,” reads CNN's headline.

The New York Times reported elsewhere, “Man Shot by Kyle Rittenhouse Describes the Encounter on a Kenosha Street”

The story’s opening lines read, “Gaige Grosskreutz, the only person who survived being shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wis., in August 2020, took the witness stand on Monday and described the instant he faced Mr. Rittenhouse, who had just fired several shots with a semiautomatic rifle. 'What was going through your mind at this particular moment?' Thomas Binger, the prosecutor, asked in court. 'That I was going to die,' Mr. Grosskreutz, a volunteer paramedic, said."

The part about Rittenhouse shooting after a gun was pointed at him isn’t even mentioned until the report’s ninth paragraph.

The Washington Post, for its part, initially reported, “Gaige Grosskreutz says he feared for his life before Kyle Rittenhouse shot him during Kenosha unrest.”

But how does one report on Grosskreutz’s testimony and not make his remarks about Rittenhouse firing in self-defense the top line? The answer is: just bury the lede.

It's almost as if corporate media are priming audiences to riot, should the jury acquit the defendant.

 

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