Fox’s greatest star, Tucker Carlson, secured unique entry to Rittenhouse and members of his protection crew through the trial. The association was not revealed till after the not-guilty verdict was handed down on Friday.
Carlson shared a promo video on Friday night time that confirmed his crew filming with Rittenhouse through the trial, that includes the 18-year-old in an entirely sympathetic mild.
The crew was in an SUV with Rittenhouse instantly after the decision was introduced. A staffer may very well be heard off-camera asking “How you feel, man?” Rittenhouse answered, “The jury reached the correct verdict. Self-defense is not illegal. And I believe they came to the correct verdict.”
Fox introduced that Carlson “will conduct an exclusive interview” with Rittenhouse, with a portion airing on Monday night time, “followed by a Tucker Carlson Originals documentary on Fox Nation in December.”
So the behind-the-scenes footage is for the documentary, and this whole tragedy is getting used to drive subscriptions for Fox’s streaming service.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo requested Rittenhouse lawyer Mark Richards in regards to the Carlson promo on Friday night time. The query: Why was Fox allowed to embed?
“I did not approve of that. I threw them out of the room several times,” Richards responded. The lawyer mentioned he wasn’t against Fox particularly; he was against any TV crew presence. But, he mentioned, the protection was crowd-funded: “The people who were raising the money to pay for the experts and pay for the attorneys were trying to raise money, and that was part of it.”
In a press release, Justin Wells, senior govt producer of Tucker Carlson Tonight and vice chairman of Tucker Carlson Digital Products, mentioned Saturday that “neither FOX News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight nor FOX Nation’s Tucker Carlson Originals paid for any access, footage rights, legal fees or made any other payments in the production of the episode on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.”
He added that parts of the interview will air on Fox News Channel at eight pm ET Monday and launched on FOX Nation in December.
This is larger than Tucker
Fox’s protection on Friday afternoon was one lengthy efficiency of pro-gun ballads and anti-media broadsides. “MEDIA CONTINUES TO SMEAR RITTENHOUSE AFTER VERDICT,” mentioned a banner on “The Five.” Co-host Jesse Watters claimed “that the media hates trials because they can’t control trials. The media can control pretty much whatever they want in this country, but a trial is insulated.”
Imagine: What would Watters be saying if Rittenhouse had been convicted?
Later within the day, Laura Ingraham talked with Donald Trump on the cellphone in regards to the verdict. Trump had already issued a press release celebrating the outcome. “This is a young man that should not have been prosecuted,” Trump instructed Ingraham whereas lambasting the prosecutors. “I thought the judge could have ended the case early, frankly,” Trump added.
Going ahead, will Ingraham, Carlson and different GOP media stars merely depict Rittenhouse as vindicated and wrongly say he was railroaded by “the media”? Or will the message be that vigilantism in opposition to liberal enemies is heroic?
I worry we all know the reply already.