Stine: Mistaking the media narrative surrounding Waukesha parade tragedy

Dec 2, 2021, 12:32 PM | Updated: 12:39 pm
Memorials placed along Main Street in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Vondruska/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jim Vondruska/Getty Images)

Taken from KIRO Nights with Jack Stine, and edited for clarity.

There’s a weird thing going on in media right now. You know about the Waukesha incident, where a guy got into his car and drove through a Christmas parade of young children. We’ve all heard the story many, many times. It was a tragic event. It’s very, very sad.

But I am getting increasingly frustrated when I hear people out there say: “Why isn’t the mainstream media talking about this?” I’ve heard this so many times over the last week.

The media is biased, absolutely — don’t get me wrong. But I want to disabuse you of the notion that somehow mainstream media is doing something to cover this up. I feel like this is a really fried and burnt-out talking point, and I am getting tired of it.

I hear this tape almost every single day: “Why isn’t the mainstream media talking about the Waukesha parade suspect? Why are they not talking about this guy? Why are they not mentioning his Facebook posts? Why are they not mentioning his Instagram post? Why is this going on?”

I figured I would do this — I figured I’d back all this up with facts and logic and just kind of destroy this narrative.

I just typed in “Waukesha car crash” — not even “parade incident,” nothing to that effect. You know what the first 200 results were? Take a guess. I got CNN talking about the Waukesha parade crash suspect five days ago. I’ve got another one from the New York Times from six days ago. Two days ago from CBS, ABC News four days ago. I got another one from WGN TV one day ago.

When I hear people say the mainstream media isn’t covering this incident, this act of violence, this reprehensible act, this tragic act, I ask myself: Do you people not read the news? Where is this lie coming from that the mainstream media is not covering this story?

If you want to compare it and contrast it with the Kyle Rittenhouse case, it’s been about a week since this happened. And in the week following Kyle Rittenhouse, do you remember what conservatives were saying? Do you remember what we were all saying?

We were all saying, “don’t rush to judgment, watch the footage.” That was the argument that I heard from my fellow conservatives out there, that “the media is all over this — the media is pouncing all over this.”

Remember, we were so disgusted with the media because they went on his Facebook page, and they went on his Instagram. And they were talking to people that he went to school with, how egregious was that?

Why, now, do you want the same thing in this case? Because they’re doing the exact same thing. They go through the guy’s Facebook page, they find a tremendous amount of anti-Semitic, anti-white rhetoric, they find a tremendous amount of information about him being a violent criminal in the past.

Everybody knows about this case. So where is this odd myth coming from that the mainstream media isn’t covering this?

I’ve got story, after story, after story covering every single detail of this, from the legal aspect of it to the personal aspect of it over the last seven days — every single aspect of it.

So I have to ask you this question: Do you want your media spoon fed to you? Or do you want to do your own research? Do you want to turn on ABC and have wall to wall coverage on this, where they make a bunch of inferences, and they’ve got so-called “experts” on to talk about it ad nauseum? Do you want that kind of hysteria?

Because I didn’t like it when they did it to Kyle Rittenhouse. I thought that it was prejudicial. I thought it was gross. I thought we needed more facts of the case to come out.

Now this case seems even more cut and dry. If it’s this cut and dry, a sociopath who — in my humble opinion — commits a terrorist act against these these poor children and these poor people at this parade, he’s a psychopath who gets in his car and runs into a parade of children. What more do you want us to draw from that? What more do you want to take from that?

Why is this thing coming from all these commentators out there trying to malign mainstream media on this particular issue? There are a lot of things that we could malign mainstream media on, believe you me, but this in particular, it seems like whining. It just reeks of this snowflake-y whining, and I just don’t understand it.

I talked to so many people out there and they said, “man, if they would just give us the facts of the case, then we would be able to to bring the rhetoric and the discourse down in the United States.”

That was the problem with the Rittenhouse case. It was jacked up to 10 and everybody lost their minds. And there are still people out there today who think Rittenhouse is a mass murderer. They’re wrong.

In the case of the Waukesha parade incident, we have somebody who is objectively, in my humble opinion, a mass murderer. What more do you want to tease out of this case?

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Stine: Mistaking the media narrative surrounding Waukesha parade tragedy