One of the most frustrating parts of trying to piece together facts in news stories that end up being more fuel for the raging spin war isn’t a lack of media reporting; it’s that the deluge of reporting ends up more propaganda pushing a political agenda than actual carefully verified information. The mainstream media push spin narratives that advance the Left’s political objectives, Trump-friendly and conservative media outlets push the Right’s political objectives. Usually each side leaps to conclusions quickly and clings to those rushed talking points, ignoring or dismissing new information that doesn’t work to advance their original narrative. This is how the false Mike Brown, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” framing still is widely believed by many on the Left and it’s how the equally false Obama birther narrative is still widely believed by many on the Right.
And that brings us to not only the events concerning the police officer shooting Jacob Blake situation in Kenosha, WI, how the media reported that event, the resulting protesting, violent rioting and looting, and finally to the armed teen, Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot and killed two men. There are so many threads to the Kyle Rittenhouse situation and while the partisans in politics, political punditry circles and the news media pick and choose facts and spin narratives to bolster political positions, here’s a piece that puts forth the most comprehensive sequence of events and information I’ve seen. Guy Benson retweeted this piece. I don’t know anything about this site or author, but I recommend reading this and thinking about the multiple systems failures he lays out: