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My bar for media malfeasance is pretty low, but this from an ABC affiliate in Utah cleared the bar this week:
A Utah paramedic donated to the defense fund of Kyle Rittenhouse. It was first reported in the @guardian this morning.
Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters in Kenosha, WI.
I tried to get the paramedics side of things. See the story tonight at 10p on @abc4utah. pic.twitter.com/sxGUzcrNwb
— Jason Nguyen (@FollowWIN) April 17, 2021
A lowly paramedic (who has just worked the last year in a pandemic) made a $10 donation to a legal defense fund, and as a result, faced a news crew at his front door, spreading his name and a rough outline of where he lives to their viewers. I cannot think of anything more despicable than this, and as always, there are no consequences for the reporter, the producer, or the anchors who aired this assault. There is the predictable Twitter backlash, but little in the way of actionable steps for the paramedic or those horrified by what the station did. I’ve publicized their contact form and I encourage anyone and everyone to share thoughts with the station management, but there has to be something more we can do about what is essentially an assault on free speech and freedom of association.
I’ve often tossed around the idea of an organization where the sole purpose is defending ordinary citizens with legal and PR assistance when they come under assault by the “mob,” usually led by members of the mainstream media (think: St. Louis gun couple, Covington Catholic students, etc). Where do they turn to for expertise in these assaults when they are thrust into the limelight overnight?
With the emergence and success of similar organizations fighting for a return to sanity when it comes to “anti-racism” dogma, I think it’s time for those of us on the side of sanity need to step up to the plate and find a way to defend those who find themselves on the wrong side of the outrage mob.Published in