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National Guard Deployed to Clean Up Media’s Mess in Kenosha

National Guard troops were deployed to the Kenosha, Wisconsin area Monday ahead of the jury’s verdict in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.

SO WHAT

The mainstream media has helped fuel an unfounded narrative that American racism is on trial in Kenosha and stoked anger on the left.

WHAT HAPPENED

The 500 troops will remain on standby unless requested by law enforcement, a Guard spokesperson told Military.com.

The troops are currently stationed in Waukesha County, roughly 60 miles from Kenosha, Fox-affiliate WITI reported.

  • “I urge folks who are otherwise not from the area to please respect the community by reconsidering any plans to travel there and encourage those who might choose to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights to do so safely and peacefully,” Evers said in a statement.
  • Like many cities across America, Kenosha endured destructive protests and civil unrest last year in the wake of George Floyd’s May 2020 death.
  • “During all the rioting and the looting that was going on, a ton of businesses were destroyed,” store owner Tony Farmer told WITI. “I was one of them. We got burned down completely. Quite a shock. We had to rebuild completely.”

THE MEDIA’S ROLE IN ALL OF THIS

The mainstream press has faced criticism for headlines that downplay the strength of Rittenhouse’s self-defense claim and accusations from conservatives that its irresponsible coverage is provoking outrage.

“It’s almost as if corporate media are priming audiences to riot, should the jury acquit the defendant,” the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams wrote in a column last week, when he alleged the media was “actively ignoring exculpatory evidence offered in court.”

 

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