'He crossed state lines': Deconstructing the strangest, saddest corporate media smear campaign in history
At The Daily Bell, we’ve faithfully debunked the corporate media’s unending fake news campaign
to push the preferred storyline(s) of its owners.
(Article by Ben Bartee republished from TheDailyBell.com
However, despite the impressive absurdity of everything from Jussie Smollett’s midnight Subway© lynching hoax
to the “safe and effective” vaxx narrative
, none has detached as fully from reality as the corporate media mythology surrounding the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings.
The Rittenhouse fiction serves as a microcosm of the fruits that propaganda machine — which furnishes rhetorical cover for the well-funded BLM/Antifa/corporate state alliance — has bore.
Last year at the height of BLM rioting (or “protesting,”*
), cities across the US burned for months on end.
The corporate media would have you believe that burning 150 buildings (mostly locally-owned small businesses) and damaging and/or looting 1350 more that had nothing to do with policing, government policy, or the George Floyd killing
is somehow mere “civil disobedience” in the tradition of MLK.)
Above: civil rights heroes in action
Then, a few months later in August 2020, essentially the same series of events the next state over:
- Police seriously injured a suspect under questionable circumstances (except, in this case, the suspect, Jacob Blake, was armed with a knife and had an outstanding warrant for previous sexual assault charges)
- Within hours, corporate media incited violence and property destruction using an incendiary race-based narrative
- Vandals, arsonists, and looters, in turn, strapped up their boots and went to work on Kenosha’s small businesses under the auspices of protesting for “civil rights”
CNN described the whole scene in Kenosha as “fiery but mostly peaceful”:
The aftermath of the “mostly peaceful” protests
Putting aside the common dilemma of reconciling destroying small businesses in your own community with protesting police abuse, here are the nonsense talking points specific
to the Rittenhouse case.
The Big Lie #1: The Advent of the ‘He Crossed State Lines’ Narrative
The immediate talking point, which has become a parody of itself, emerged: “He Crossed State Lines” (spoken in exasperated, utterly uncomprehending tones).
he? The monster! The absolute deplorable white supremacist savage!
Crossing state lines?? Not in America! Not in the land of MLK!
The initial cause for the talking point was the Rittenhouse (reportedly) crossed state lines with an AR-15 weapon, one which he (reportedly) could not legally possess.
Both claims turned out to be lies:
Despite the above undisputed facts that emerged during the criminal proceedings, the corporate media didn’t bat an eye.
On the contrary: they pushed the “he crossed state lines” narrative even harder, with increasing desperation, over time. Why? A few reasons, perhaps:
- Since the attacks on Rittenhouse by an armed mob were on video, the “gunning down innocent protesters” narrative no longer held water with normal people. The “state lines”/gun lie was all they had.
- The corporate media only knows how to double-down on lies. The deeper they sink into their propaganda, the harder to crawl out. So they push ahead full-steam. (ex: Russiagate)
- (Speculation): At some point, the federal government would like to further clamp down on interstate travel. Inserting the vague notion of criminality associated with “crossing state lines” into the public consciousness serves this aim.
Crossing state lines has never been illegal in the Unites States. In fact, that’s the entire premise of the UNITED States – free passage between union members.
Rittenhouse also lived literally a mile from the state line. The drive from his mom’s house in Antioch to Kenosha took 30 minutes.
The Big Lie #2: Biden Calls Rittenhouse White Supremacist With Zero Evidence, Corporate Media Regurgitates Talking Point For Entire Year
While pandering to the woke vote to get elected, Biden in 2020 smeared Rittenhouse as a “white supremacist.”
Smearing political opponents as “white supremacists” is now so commonplace that no one batted an eye – except, perhaps, Biden’s personal lawyers who realized he opened himself up for a defamation lawsuit.
After the verdict, Biden initially told reporters he respected the jury’s decision.
After his handlers got to him, though, they wrote a statement in his name** which reads
Notice the careful arrangement of the phrase “many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included”.
The two-fold purpose is to simultaneously:
- Signal to his rabid activist base (what’s left of it) that he’s “angry” at the verdict.
- But, at the same time, by placing it before “concerned” and the comma, Biden’s handlers allow semantical wriggle room to claim that he meant he was “concerned,” not “angry.” The message of Biden’s “anger” in this sentence would be clearer (and less deniable) if the position of the two adjectives were reversed.
Jury Intimidation 101: The Neoliberal Tactics to Bully the Justice System Into Submission
The judge in the Rittenhouse trial booted MSNBC from the Kenosha courthouse for the duration of the trial
after their camera guy got caught stalking the jury during transportation to and from the campus in an apparent attempt to snap their photographs.
BLM and Antifa protesters/latent rioters also camped out around the complex throughout the process
hoping to intimidate the jury into ruling the “right” way.***
Given their previous activities, the obvious implied threat is that Kenosha would burn if they handed down the “wrong” verdict.
These are the same tactics Maxine Waters and the racialized mob she whipped up on the Minneapolis streets during the prosecution of the cop, Derek Chauvin
to tilt the scales of justice via intimidation into delivering her funders’ preferred outcome.
And then Hasan Piker, Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks’ nephew and the ultimate nepotism beneficiary, tweeted this:
That Rittenhouse got out of the debacle – in spite of the truly relentless lies, smear campaigns, and jury intimidation — is a minor miracle. As we all, know, though, the BLM/Antifa/corporate state machine will be back in business real soon, more dogged than ever.
And they’ll come for your sons and daughters next.
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