Joe Scarborough's Backtrack on His Rittenhouse Lie Shows What's Wrong With Media

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One of the things that we’ve seen in regard to the case of Kyle Rittenhouse has been a massive fake news campaign as to what the actual facts were. We saw media repeatedly putting false information out there, such as claiming that Rittenhouse brought a gun across “state lines” — as though that was some magical evil thing when it had no relation to the facts of this case. It means nothing and he didn’t do it anyway. We saw them leave the impression in people’s minds that this was all about someone wanting to go shoot up a BLM protest.


Here’s a supercut of some of those folks who Rittenhouse should be suing after, hopefully, his acquittal.

But now, given all the evidence, you would think they would have corrected themselves or at least backed off some of the false claims. Not so much, when it comes to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

Can we can count all the things that he gets wrong here? It bears no relation to reality, but this is what went out to whatever audience Scarborough still has yesterday.

He repeats the magical “state lines” mantra and falsely claims Rittenhouse bought the gun, when he did not. He falsely claims that Rittenhouse was a militia member. But perhaps the worst lie was that he fired “60 rounds,” making it appear like he was just wildly shooting trying to take people out as opposed to firing not anywhere close to 60 rounds in very limited self-defense circumstances. He did not fire at anyone who did not attack him.


But one has to think that Scarborough may have gotten a scolding from the lawyers at MSNBC about what he said, because he then tweeted out something of a correction. While it did not clear up all his falsehoods, it did address the 60 rounds lie.

So obviously he’s saying that he hasn’t followed the case for more than a minute. That’s despite reporting on it and expecting anyone to take what he says seriously. There’s the media problem in a nutshell right there: They don’t care about the truth, it isn’t even worth their time — that one minute — to get that basic fact right about the shooting, to get right the fact that there weren’t 60 rounds fired or the gun was never carried across state lines. He claims he meant “60 seconds.” If you listen to what he said, you know that’s a lie.

Is he going to correct his lie on air and not just with a tweet?

But the media still haven’t learned their lesson because they continue with the lies about the judge, trying to spin a likely acquittal as somehow a bias of the judge, and Scarborough was, once again, all-in on that. They flipped out because of the report that the judge had the ringtone “God Bless the USA” on his phone because it’s played at Trump rallies. The horror! They twisted a supply chain crisis joke he made about lunch into a racist comment which it wasn’t. The judge today even said that he better not talk about lunch anymore.


I just hope the jury is able to see through all the prosecution’s lies and can get to the truth with all this nonsense obscuring it.


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