As Twitchy reported earlier, Kyle Rittenhouse trial judge Bruce Schroeder banned MSNBC and NBC from the courtroom after a man who claimed to be a producer for MSNBC was stopped for running a red light while following the bus carrying the jurors. In a statement, NBC called the man a freelancer who was stopped for a traffic violation that “took place near the jury van,” but he never intended to photograph or contact the jurors.
We can’t believe Rolling Stone hasn’t been sued out of existence yet, but they found a way to make the story about Fox News. You see, the “free-speech loving” broadcasters at Fox News were “thrilled” that NBC and MSNBC were banned.
Free Speech-Loving Fox News Is Thrilled That Rittenhouse Judge Banned MSNBC From the Courtroomhttps://t.co/3KyONdP65B
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) November 18, 2021
Ryan Bort explains how Fox News was thrilled:
Fox News was thrilled. “I think it speaks to this bigger issue of chilling free speech, and I don’t mean on behalf of MSNBC,” anchor Harris Faulker said after Schroeder’s announcement. “They wanted to change the narrative. They wanted to get pictures of people and they know that’s wrong … When you take pictures of jurors, you endanger them.”
That’s it. Although, if you look at the URL for the story, it says that Fox News “celebrated” the ban.
It looks like Rolling Stone is getting its takes from The Daily Beast’s Justin Baragona, who desperately wants to be Aaron Rupar:
Fox "straight news" anchor is literally celebrating the fact that MSNBC has been banned from the courthouse by the judge.
"I think it speaks to this bigger issue of chilling free speech. And I don’t mean on behalf of MSNBC. They wanted to change the narrative." pic.twitter.com/h6MC25UQfm
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) November 18, 2021
Yes, that’s the story here. Not jury intimidation.
— Tony Pajamas (@TheNotoriousJ0E) November 18, 2021
Banned was the right decision.
— Justin Whipkey (@jwhip21) November 18, 2021
Why won’t fox support jury stalking?
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) November 18, 2021
Those jurors are anonymous. Anything perceived as a potential exposure of those individuals is a bad situation.
— Kelley Marie (@industrial_baby) November 18, 2021
Yeah, I just hate it when judges ban news outlets accused of… following jurors…
Really glad that you guys are using your esteemed standing following the UVA scandal to comment on this in such a responsible way.
— Ryan Hallagan (@rallyforhally) November 18, 2021
Okay so you think what MSNBC did was fine?
— Sorokin My Meat (@GreissEgo) November 18, 2021
Yeah, MSNBC always calls things right down the middle….
— james visser (@airjimmy) November 18, 2021
Yes because it is totally ethical to follow jury members.
— Katie Kat (@Katieggg95) November 18, 2021
Are you defending possible jury tampering?
— Harrison Krank (@HarrisonKrank) November 18, 2021
Why did they get banned? Because they violated journalistic ethics.
— John Borell (@johnborell) November 18, 2021
Hey why was MSNBC banned again? Seems to be an important omission no?
— CycloPentance (@CycloPentance) November 18, 2021
Nothing about MSNBC's reaction? Their producer quietly removing herself from the internet?
You saw that and thought Fox News was the story?#RittenhouseTrial
— Kyle H. Davis (@KyleHDavis69) November 18, 2021
Weird way to report on journalists hounding jurors.
— Sue (@Suesername) November 18, 2021
Yes, the story here is Harris Faulkner “literally celebrating” the ban.
‘An extremely serious matter’: Judge Bruce Schroeder says purported NBC News producer followed Rittenhouse juror bus, bars MSNBC from courtroom https://t.co/BYFDferHoG
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 18, 2021
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