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MSNBC, NBC Hosts and Contributors Defamed and Lied About Rittenhouse. Will They Be Held to Account?

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Last Wednesday, MSNBC contributor and satellite radio host Dean Obeidallah said cable viewers should demand a package without Fox News so that they wouldn’t be complicit in funding what he called disinformation.

“If you pay for any basic cable package, you are helping fund everything that Fox News airs, from its misleading information about Covid vaccines (which prompted me to start a campaign in July urging people to file a complaint against Fox News with the Federal Trade Commission) to its 2020 election conspiracies,” Obeidallah wrote in a piece published on MSNBC’s website.

“It’s infuriating that on some level you and I are complicit in the toxic fodder being peddled on Fox News by helping fund its content.”

At some level, what Obeidallah was arguing is that Fox News should take action against those peddling what he called “toxic fodder” — Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham were mentioned with particular venom — and ensure they act responsibly.

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Then came the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict on Friday. There was plenty of “toxic fodder” to be seen on MSNBC and from NBC contributors, including Obeidallah himself. Which makes one wonder: Will they be held to account the same way left-bubble cable news thinks Fox ought to be held to account?

Media figures struggled to understand how Rittenhouse wasn’t found guilty, even when it would have been obvious to anyone who watched the trial. NBC’s employees seemed to be the most problematic of the bunch.

On the mild side, Maria Shriver’s tweet was a particular gem, noting her “son just asked me how it’s possible that he didn’t get charged [sic] for anything.” There was no shortage of responses to that comment, most involving Shriver’s uncle, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, and his driving record.

Then there was Obeidallah, who lent some febrile rhetoric over the potential internship offers Rittenhouse received from congressional Republicans. The MSNBC contributor appeared on “The ReidOut” Friday to say this was “part of the culture we’re living in with the GOP,” which “has mainstreamed white nationalism, now they’re mainstreaming and celebrating political violence.”

“I’ll tell you as a lawyer that our criminal justice system is predicated on two things: punish and deter. You punish someone for wrongdoing to deter them and others. This [jury verdict] is the opposite,” Obeidallah said. “This emboldens. It tells people, “Hey, if there’s a Black Lives Matter movement protest in the next state, get your AR, drive over. If you fear anyone, kill him, go on the stand, repeat with Kyle did, cry on cue and you walk.”

This, again, repeats a number of falsehoods. We again get the “across state lines” lie. Rittenhouse’s gun was in Wisconsin and he legally possessed it. He lived just across the state border and had a job as a lifeguard in Kenosha, 20 minutes away from his home in Illinois. The idea the two convicted criminals he killed were part of a “Black Lives Matter movement protest” and not a riot is almost farcical.

This isn’t just “misleading information,” it’s willful ignorance mixed with confirmation bias. But then, he was hardly alone.

Amber Ruffin, who hosts a show on NBC’s streaming service Peacock, used her Friday show to deliver an emotional but decidedly fact-challenged condemnation of Rittenhouse.

“There are very big obvious truths that no one wants to say on TV, but I will,” she said. “I can’t believe I have to say this but … It’s not OK for a man to grab a rifle, travel across state lines, shoot three people and walk free. It’s not OK for the judicial system to be blatantly and obviously stacked against people of color. It’s not OK for there to be an entirely different set of rules for white people.”

“But I don’t care about Kyle Rittenhouse. I don’t care about that racist judge. I don’t care about how f***ed up that jury must be. White people have been getting away with murder since time began. I don’t care about that. I care about you. And I can’t believe I have to say this but: You matter. You matter.

“Every time one of these verdicts come out, it’s easy to feel like you don’t, but I’m here to tell you that you do. You matter. You matter so much that the second that you start to get a sense that you do, a man will grab a gun he shouldn’t have in the first place and travel all the way to another state just to quiet you. That’s the power you have. So don’t forget it.”

WARNING: The following video contains graphic language that some viewers will find offensive.

Again, we have the same lies — that Rittenhouse traveled across state lines with the gun, that he shouldn’t have had it, all of that. We have a new one here: that the judicial system is “blatantly and obviously stacked against people of color.” Never mind that none of the people Rittenhouse shot were black. She seems to ignore that a jury acquitted a black man, Andrew Coffee IV, in another high-profile self-defense case in Florida on the same day the Rittenhouse verdict came down.

Tiffany Cross of “The Cross Connection” — easily the worst of the bunch — delivered a contemptible performance on her Saturday show in which she declared Rittenhouse was a “little murderous white supremacist” and lamented “the fact that he gets to walk the streets freely.”

For those unfamiliar with Cross’ oeuvre, in April, she called black GOP Sen. Tim Scott a “token,” a “tap dancer” and the kind of black person “Harriet Tubman would have left behind.” (Cross herself is black, which apparently makes this acceptable.)

In September, she recycled the anti-Catholic “The Handmaid’s Tale” slur in reference to Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, saying there was “an actual handmaid on the court.” She had previously called former Vice President Mike Pence a “Jesus whisperer.” In other words, she has a track record of these kinds of statements.

Did the jury reach the right verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case?

Cross had Elie Mystal of leftist rag The Nation on to discuss the Rittenhouse case, as well as the fact GOP congressmen like Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida have potentially offered internships to Rittenhouse.

“I find these people disgusting, Elie, I’m disgusted at what I’m seeing,” Cross said. “It’s not just this trial, it’s other trials, but this in particular.”

“The fact that white supremacists roam the halls of Congress freely and celebrate this little murderous white supremacist, and the fact that he gets to walk the streets freely, it lets you know these people have access to instituting laws, they represent the legislative branch of this country,” Cross said. “What are we to make of that?”

For his part, Mystal didn’t disappoint, arguing “Matt Gaetz is giving the white folks what they want.”

“Welcome to the modern Republican Party,” Mystal said. “This is what these people want, and this is what a majority of white people vote for.”

He added that “a majority of white people are in favor of this kind of violence, it is because a majority of white people consistently vote Republican … Look at it. Look at yourselves. It’s gross!”

Mystal also claimed “a majority of white people pick judges” like the judge in Rittenhouse’s case, Bruce Schroeder … who was originally appointed by a Democratic governor, as per NPR, and has run unopposed ever since. Mystal’s theoretical framework of what “white folks” want and how it relates to the Republican Party has some holes in it, apparently.

It’s Cross’ rhetoric that should be put under the microscope, however, because it comes dangerously close to the dictionary definition of defamation.

This isn’t one of Norm Macdonald’s old “Weekend Update” sketches on “Saturday Night Live” where he’d joke that O.J. Simpson was a murderer despite the fact he was acquitted. This is an actual news channel with an actual anchor branding Rittenhouse not only a “white supremacist” (de rigueur on left-bubble cable news, really) but a “little murderous white supremacist.” Calling Rittenhouse a killer is one thing. Branding him a murderer — something he was acquitted of just a day before — raises the specter of a lawsuit.

Another MSNBC host who assumed Rittenhouse was guilty was Joy Reid. Reid took to TikTok last week before the verdict to bemoan “white tears” — Rittenhouse cried on the stand — and to compare him to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, another white man she seems to assume is guilty of sexual assault because of unsubstantiated accusations made during his confirmation hearings.

“In America, there’s a thing about both white vigilantism and White tears,” Reid said. “Particularly male, white tears. Really white tears in general, because that’s what Karens are, right? They can Karen out and then as soon as they get caught, bring waterworks.”

“White men can get away with that too,” she added. “Because it has the same effect.”

Notice the language: “as soon as they get caught.” Translation: Both are guilty.

This is just a smattering of what went on over the past week on NBC’s outlets. It’s easy to blame the individuals here. But don’t just blame them.  To use the language of Mr. Mystal, this is what a majority of MSNBC execs want. A majority of MSNBC execs are in favor of this kind of argumentation and a majority of MSNBC execs pick hosts like Cross and Reid, as well as contributors like Obeidallah and Mystal.

Look at your product. Look at yourselves. It’s gross. You have Dean Obeidallah complaining about “toxic fodder” at Fox News in a piece for MSNBC. And yet, the digital ink could barely dry on that piece before you could witness far worse toxic fodder over on MSNBC — and from Obeidallah himself, it’s worth noting.

If you thought that piece was worth publishing, NBC News, it’s time for a bit of cleaning house. Unless, of course, neither your contributor, your editors nor your executives believed a single word of it.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Stranger Saves Teen Hit by Car, Then Disappears After Rescue

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Lily Irigoyen, 14, from Escondido, California, was headed to Westfield North County Mall with a friend to do some shopping on May 23 when Irigoyen’s life was turned upside down.

As she was crossing a street — using a crosswalk — a driver failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the teenager. She immediately blacked out.

Two other drivers saw what had happened and raced to help. Police later said that a female good Samaritan called 911 and contacted Irigoyen’s family using her cell phone, and a man performed CPR on the teen’s lifeless body — an act that would later turn out to have made all the difference.

The girl’s mother, Isabel Torres, remembers getting the call that broke her heart.



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“Her dad called me that she was in an accident and she was airlifted to the hospital,” she told KNSD.

Irigoyen had suffered a long list of serious injuries, including a damaged kidney, a broken arm, a broken leg, a broken hip and a punctured lung. Worst of all, she had also suffered a brain injury.

For three weeks, the teen was in a coma. Even after coming out of it, she had to stay at the hospital for six months, recovering. She finally made it home in August, and her mom has hope that she will recover.

“We’re getting there,” Torres told KNSD. “With time, I think she’s going to get better and better.”

Police later said that, while the driver who hit the teen was determined to be at fault, no criminal charges were made.

After a recent checkup, Irigoyen has a new goal: To find and thank the good Samaritan who saved her life.

“The doctor told her that everything that happened and she mentioned that, thanks to the person that assisted at the accident with the CPR, she always had air to her brain and for that main reason, they saved her life,” Torres explained.

“I just like felt, like happy, just the fact that someone had that kindness in their heart to help me was nice,” Irigoyen added. “I just want to say how grateful I am … that they helped me and that I’m alive now because of them.”



The man is believed to be a dental surgeon, according to KGTV, though he has not yet been identified or stepped forward.

“I think they’re angels,” a teary Torres told KGTV. “God put them there for a reason … I think it’s a great time to find them, and tell them what a great thing they did … What they did was just amazing.”

“They saved me!” said Irigoyen. “They’re the reason I’m here right now … I would just hug them. No words to express how thankful I am.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Lily Irigoyen, 14, from Escondido, California, was headed to Westfield North County Mall with a friend to do some shopping on May 23 when Irigoyen’s life was turned upside down. As she was crossing a street — using a crosswalk — a driver failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the teenager. She immediately blacked out. Two other drivers saw what had happened and raced to help. Police later said that a female good Samaritan called 911 and contacted Irigoyen’s family using her cell phone, and a man performed CPR on the teen’s lifeless body — an act that would later turn out to have made all the difference. The girl’s mother, Isabel Torres, remembers getting the call that broke her heart. “Her dad called me that she was in an accident and she was airlifted to the hospital,” she told KNSD. Irigoyen had suffered a long list of serious injuries, including a damaged kidney, a broken arm, a broken leg, a broken hip and a punctured lung. Worst of all, she had also suffered a brain injury. For three weeks, the teen was in a coma. Even after coming out of it, she had to stay at the hospital for six months, recovering. She finally made it home in August, and her mom has hope that she will recover. “We’re getting there,” Torres told KNSD. “With time, I think she’s going to get better and better.” Police later said that, while the driver who hit the teen was determined to be at fault, no criminal charges were made. After a recent checkup, Irigoyen has a new goal: To find and thank the good Samaritan who saved her life. “The doctor told her that everything that happened and she mentioned that, thanks to the person that…

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Brian Laundrie’s Parents Flee Florida Home as ‘For Sale’ Sign Appears Outside

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Brian Laundrie’s parents may be looking for a new place to live after weeks of scrutiny on the couple.

Their North Port, Florida, home now has a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the front yard, according to the New York Post.

The house became the site of a media circus, with outlets looking for answers in the death of Laundrie’s fiancee Gabby Petito and the whereabouts of Laundrie himself.

Petito’s remains were found at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laundrie was found dead at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida in October.

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Laundrie’s lawyer announced that he had died by suicide, with a gunshot wound to the head.

As for Chris and Roberta Laundrie, rumors ran rampant that they knew the whereabouts of their son, who was the sole murder suspect in Petito’s death.

The Post reported that neighbors took advantage of the Laundrie couple having the spotlight, with some even renting their front yards to media outlets for up to $3,500 a week in order to pester the pair around the clock.

No charges have been filed against the parents, but their “lack of cooperation” at times during the investigation may have created unnecessary obstacles, according to a North Port police spokesman last month.

According to WNBC-TV, authorities mistook Roberta Laundrie for her son as she drove his Mustang home at the beginning of the manhunt, a move viewed as part of the parents’ resistance to complying fully with investigators early on.

“Other than confusion, it likely changed nothing. We just wanted people to better understand why we thought we knew Brian was in his home,” North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said Oct. 29, the outlet reported.

The family’s attorney, Steve Bertolino, has remained firm that his clients fully complied with the investigation, but was talking with law enforcement in November, WFLA-TV reported.

Still, there is no indication as of now that the parents will have charges against them.

If the couple decides to leave their home, they might want to consider changing their names and buying fake mustaches to protect their identity.

Based on the attitude of their current neighbors, it would not be surprising if they were met with hostility wherever they choose to move.

For now, the toughest task will be finding a new owner for the property, which has now become a symbol for one of the most highly followed crime stories of the century.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Brian Laundrie’s parents may be looking for a new place to live after weeks of scrutiny on the couple. Their North Port, Florida, home now has a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the front yard, according to the New York Post. The house became the site of a media circus, with outlets looking for answers in the death of Laundrie’s fiancee Gabby Petito and the whereabouts of Laundrie himself. Petito’s remains were found at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laundrie was found dead at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida in October. Laundrie’s lawyer announced that he had died by suicide, with a gunshot wound to the head. As for Chris and Roberta Laundrie, rumors ran rampant that they knew the whereabouts of their son, who was the sole murder suspect in Petito’s death. The Post reported that neighbors took advantage of the Laundrie couple having the spotlight, with some even renting their front yards to media outlets for up to $3,500 a week in order to pester the pair around the clock. No charges have been filed against the parents, but their “lack of cooperation” at times during the investigation may have created unnecessary obstacles, according to a North Port police spokesman last month. According to WNBC-TV, authorities mistook Roberta Laundrie for her son as she drove his Mustang home at the beginning of the manhunt, a move viewed as part of the parents’ resistance to complying fully with investigators early on. “Other than confusion, it likely changed nothing. We just wanted people to better understand why we thought we knew Brian was in his home,” North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said Oct. 29, the outlet reported. The family’s attorney, Steve Bertolino, has remained firm that his clients fully complied with the investigation, but was…

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