(Video: Fox News)
Following an alleged assassin’s would-be attempt on Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s life, corporate media appeared reluctant to give such a serious offense anything more than cursory coverage that reeked of obligation over integrity. Now, after an FBI affidavit claimed the suspect plotted far worse, Fox News host Jesse Watters expressed “the media has completely memory-holed this story.”
In June, 26-year-old Nicholas Roske of California was arrested after calling the police on himself from nearby Kavanaugh’s home where he had traveled to from across the country with the alleged intent to kill the justice. His arrest came after weeks of illegal protests outside the homes of conservative justices from pro-abortion activists upset about the leak of the now official ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade.
On Wednesday, Fox News reported that the FBI had applied for a search warrant based on Roske’s internet activity that contended the suspect had aims of killing two more justices in addition to his alleged attempt on Kavanaugh, and Watters said on “Jesse Watters Primetime” Friday, the media is “just sweeping it under the rug.”
“According to an FBI affidavit,” the host explained, “before the attempted assassination, Nicholas Roske wrote online, ‘I’m gonna stop Roe v. Wade from being overturned, remove some people from the Supreme Court…I could get at least one, which would change the votes for decades to come, and I am shooting for 3.'”
“Those three justices weren’t named, but we know they were conservative,” Watters went on.
“The media has completely memory-holed this story. Can you even imagine if the roles were reversed, if this was a madman going after liberal justices? There’d be wall-to-wall coverage on it still today,” Watters argued. “We would know where the guy lives, where he works, what his family’s like, how he dresses, what his politics were. But this was an attempted attack on Brett Kavanaugh so the media is treating it like the Waukesha massacre and just sweeping it under the rug.”
Watters’s assertion was correct as the initial coverage of Roske’s arrest showed major outlets treating the story as a footnote that didn’t even warrant the front page.
‘A footnote?!’ Front pages of major rags after Kavanaugh murder threat say A LOT about legacy media https://t.co/ZBEqXwu1va
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) June 10, 2022
The memory-holing of the story continued into the Sunday shows when network stations and CNN didn’t even cover the event as they recapped the major stories of the week.
Major Sunday shows memory-hole Kavanaugh murder threat: ‘Truth is so hard for you liberal butt kissers!’ https://t.co/usDHLywvac
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) June 13, 2022
Fox News host Shannon Bream joined Watters to discuss this and pointed out, “When you talk about this FBI search warrant it talks about the fact that he had all these conversations with people online in different forums and he was saying things like I want to kill multiple justices. He was googling things like ‘how to take out a high value target,’ ‘how hard is it,’ ‘assassin,’ ‘assassination skills.’ He was letting other people know what he wanted to do.”
“There were red flags all along the way in conversations he was having online and very quickly the FBI has been able to dig into this and to see this is a huge story – a plot that could have included multiple justices – and you’re right, I think that if this was involving members of the liberal wing of the court maybe other members of the media would be more interested in finding out what’s going on with this guy,” she added, echoing Watters’ sentiment.
In fact, at the time of this post, a search of NBC News and MSNBC showed that there had been no further reporting on the case against Roske since his initial arrest.
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