On the exact same day that over 300+ left-wing media outlets ran columns proclaiming themselves to not be the “enemy of the people,” about a dozen of these same outlets filed a court motion demanding that the judge in Paul Manafort’s trial release the names and addresses of the jurors.
The reaction from conservatives across America, including outspoken Hollywood actor James Woods, was one of both shock and disgust:
The motion was filed Thursday, not Friday, on behalf of CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, BuzzFeed Politico and NBC. They filed the motion only hours after jurors in Manafort’s trial asked U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III to clarify the meaning of “reasonable doubt.”
Many interpreted the request as the sign that the jurors might be leaning toward acquitting President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager. Does it strike anyone as odd that the media would demand access to the jurors’ information after they signaled that they might acquit Manafort? If it does, perhaps Judge Ellis’ response to this request will shed more light on their thinking.
“I don’t feel right if I release their names,” he said Thursday as he rejected the request, citing the threats he himself has received as proof releasing the jurors’ names would “create a risk of harm to them.”
Dovetailing back to Woods’ tweet, what he insinuated was that the attempt by the media to obtain the jurors’ information was in fact an attempt by them to intimidate the jurors into not acquitting Manafort. The Hollywood actor was by no means the only notable individual to posit this theory.
The last tweet in particular nailed Woods’ core thesis, which was that the mere filing of the motion — which as a reminder Ellis rejected — was in itself a form of jury intimidation. How so? Because the jurors now know that as soon as the trial concludes, CNN intends to come after them.
As noted by LegalMatch, “While juror information may be withheld from the public during the trial, it is usually released once a final verdict has been reached.”
And you can bet that the minute this information becomes publicly available, CNN will rush to broadcast it every single American — including the deranged ones — it can reach.
Does it not seem sleazy? Does it not seem inappropriate? And yet “fake news” CNN host Jake Tapper had the audacity Friday to complain about Trump allegedly interfering in the trial by praising Manafort, who as a reminder is his former employee, and deriding the case as unfair. God forbid the president just speak his mind.