If you are a news program with a claim of journalistic integrity, how can you:
Mention “George Floyd” six times during today’s show; but … forget to mention even once key news on the trial of the man found guilty of murdering George Floyd by jury. Namely, that one of the jurors was a BLM supporter who:
- Who denied to the judge before being chosen as a juror that he attended rallies against police brutality, despite having attended rallies wearing a BLM hat and a T-shirt that read “Get Off Our Necks – BLM”. [See screencap.]
- Apparently told the judge that he had heard nothing about the George Floyd civil case other than background information on trial dates etc. and nothing that would prevent him from serving as an impartial juror.
- Who, after the trial, said people had to sit on juries to “make change.”
Answer: you cannot. Which tells you all you need to know Morning joe and its pathetic scarcity of standards.
Morning joe has indeed mentioned George Floyd six times today. Yet the name “Brandon Mitchell, the rogue juror described above, has never been heard. And this despite legal experts. indicating that Mitchell’s misconduct could result in the case being quashed.
Note: Mitchell later claimed he didn’t lie to the judge, because the rally in Washington, DC he attended was to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.bill like the “Walk of Commitment: Get Your Knee Off Our Neck,” and several members of the Floyd family spoke out. “
And who is the head of the National Action Network? Well, it’s Al Sharpton. . . who just happened to be today Morning joe and was one of the panelists who mentioned George Floyd. If anyone had an ethical duty to raise the Brandon Mitchell issue, it was Sharpton, who also hosts his own MSNBC show. But he kept his lips tightly closed on Mitchell.
Here is the transcript Floyd mentions. Click on “expand” to find out more.
6:45 a.m. EDT
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: The family and friends of Andrew Brown Jr. said their final farewells at his funeral yesterday. . . Families of other black men killed by police, such as George floyd, Daunte Wright and Eric Garner attended the service and offered support to the family.
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AL SHARPTON: This is the third police murder burial I’ve done since George floyd. And George floyd, that was a year ago at the end of this month. Three! And I’m not the only one doing them. So this shows that we have a problem in this country in terms of law enforcement, especially in the black community, which is why this George floyd The law on justice and the police is necessary.
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WILLIE GEIST: Your impressions, first of all, of what you saw yesterday at the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr. It was incredibly moving to see the family of George floyd talk to Mr. Brown’s family.
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MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: The tragedy is that so much has changed and so much has not. I wrote this book [Tears We Cannot Stop] following Philand Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana subjected to an unjust death. And then we add Walter Scott’s name, and Michael Brown’s name, and then Eric Garner’s name. And now we’ve added Daunte Wright, and Mr. Brown, and of course, George floyd.