Monday was not a good day for the prosecution in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, but you wouldn’t know that by scanning the news.
The mainstream media isn’t preparing liberals for the very real possibility their AR-15-toting bogeyman will walk free.
The New York Times reported that Monday’s testimony by Gaige Grosskreutz, 28, the only man to survive being shot by Rittenhouse, 18, “at times lent support to Mr. Rittenhouse’s central claim, that he was acting in self-defense when he shot Mr. Grosskreutz and two other men.”
- Julio Rosas, who has covered the high-profile Rittenhouse trial for Townhall, put it more bluntly, tweeting, “Knew this was going to be a bad day for the prosecution but holy f*ck was that bad for them.”
- Grosskreutz made several unflattering admissions under cross-examination, including, most notably, that Rittenhouse only shot him after he pointed a gun at the teen.
WHAT THE HEADLINES SAID
The Times’ acknowledgement of the prosecutors’ bad day came several paragraphs into an article headlined “Man Shot by Kyle Rittenhouse Describes the Encounter on a Kenosha Street.”
- Other mainstream media outlets framed the news more misleadingly, as some conservative commentators noted.
Check out these six bad headlines:
CNN highlighted Grosskreutz’s testimony that he was at violent anti-police riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 23, 2020 to provide medical help and that he believed Rittenhouse was an “active shooter.”
NBC News was one of several prominent publications that emphasized Grosskreutz saying he thought he “thought he was going to die” during the confrontation with Rittenhouse.
The Washington Post only later updated its headline to also include Grosskreutz’s bombshell admission that he “pointed [a] gun at Kyle Rittenhouse before getting shot.”
MSNBC touted its legal analyst’s feeling that Grosskreutz’s testimony was “very powerful.”
The Daily Beast outdid the competition by focusing on Grosskreutz’s claim that he tried to “surrender” to Rittenhouse — noting much lower in the article that he then lunged at the teen and tried to grab his rifle.
Fox News’s headline on Monday’s Kenosha courtroom drama, by contrast, reported the newsworthy development.