There are a few instances where we in the commentary and editorial field can look across the aisle at our ideological opponents with a curt nod of begrudging respect. It doesn’t erase years or decades of enmity, or all of the other leftist falsehoods they’ve spouted over that time, but we can at least acknowledge that in this narrow instance, they’ve acted with a modicum of integrity and tried to make good. It is within this framework that today we can acknowledge Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks on Youtube. Kasparian, “Host & Executive Producer” (second-fiddle) for self-proclaimed Democrat-Socialist talking head Cenk Uygur took the time during a show produced Nov. 3rd to retract her previous statements where she mischaracterized Kyle Rittenhouse as the aggressor during the August 25th riots that saw him shoot three individuals, killing two of them in one of the most clear-cut cases of self-defense in recent American history. Indeed Kasparian had stated inaccurately that Rittenhouse had chased Joseph Rosenbaum, rather than Rosenbaum chasing Rittenhouse as is easily proven by video evidence.
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In the video, Ana Kasparian said to The Young Turks’ deeply leftist audience,
“Look, these details matter, because if you’re going to make an argument that you acted in self-defense, there needs to be some proof that there was an imminent threat,”
“Now, what really mattered to me was how all of this unfolded,” Kasparian explained.
“What was the thing that sparked it, what started all of it. And, initially, I was under the assumption that Rittenhouse was the person who was chasing after Joseph Rosenbaum — that’s how it started. But I was wrong about that.”
“I was in fact wrong about that, and to show you the evidence to reinforce that I was wrong about that, I want to go to this video.”
The Young Turks commentator then pivoted to a New York Times video which somewhat accurately narrates the video of Rittenhouse’s fatal encounter with Rosenbaum
“Here is where we first see Joseph Rosenbaum, the first person Kyle Rittenhouse fatally shoots that night. He joins the fight against the armed civilians, as other protesters tried to stop him. Rosenbaum has just been released from the hospital after undergoing mental health treatment. His reasons for being here are unclear. He doesn’t appear to have attended a protest before, but his actions on this night will add to an already volatile situation.
Rittenhouse walks toward the parking lot where cars are being vandalized, he passes Joseph Rosenbaum, who is fighting with the armed men at the gas station earlier. Rosenbaum now starts chasing Rittenhouse and throws a plastic bag that holds his belongings from the hospital. Close behind them, a man holds up a handgun and fires it. We don’t know why. Then Rosenbaum lunges towards Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse fires four times.”
“So those details matter, right, who was chasing who matters? The gunshots by some other unidentified person. That matters, especially if you’re Rittenhouse, and you’re running away, and then you hear shots and then Rosenbaum lunges toward him. So the question is, in a court of law, is it considered reasonable for Rittenhouse to act in self-defense? Was there a legitimate threat there where Rittenhouse would reasonably want to defend himself by opening fire? That is what’s going to be debated and deliberated upon. ”
She went on to discuss the provenance of Rittenhouse’s weapon which was she had previously reported was purchased in Illinois illegally and carried over state lines, this was later proven untrue (Rittenhouse’s friend Dominick Black had purchased the weapon for him legally in Wisconsin and held it there for him), all while still attesting that Kyle held the gun illegally which is highly debatable due to exceptions in WI law which would seem to apply to Kyle, but have yet to be ruled upon. So we’ll give her partial credit on that one.
“For my previous inaccuracies, I apologize to you guys. Obviously, it was not intentional, and I want you guys to know what the details are.”
Is it enough to forgive the consummate leftist propagandists at The Young Turks for years of slanderous misrepresentation of conservatives and simpering deferential coddling of Democrats, so-called progressives, and socialists? Nope, not even a little bit. We’ll just give a nod, knowing full well that they’ll see it, but will never, ever return it for fear of being annihilated by the woke monsters they’ve created. This is what it is to have the moral high ground when all parties involved know it.