NBC/MSNBC are in hot water after a freelance journalist working under the direct supervision of an MSNBC producer was caught following the van carrying jurors in the Kyle Rittenhouse case.
Judge Bruce Schroeder called the matter deeply disturbing and banned the network from the courthouse for the duration of the trial.
Judge: “A person who identified as James Jim Morrison and claimed that he was a producer with NBC News, MSNBC under the supervision of someone named Irene Byon” was pulled over for following the bus of Kyle Rittenhouse jurors last night.
Judge bans MSNBC from courthouse pic.twitter.com/PQ6RPCdDtz
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 18, 2021
NBC claims that the whole thing was just a crazy coincidence.
“While the traffic violation took place near the jury van, the freelancer never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during deliberations, and never photographed or intended to photograph them,” said in a written statement.
Just in: NBC News spox denies any attempt to photograph Rittenhouse jurors
“While the traffic violation took place near the jury van, the freelancer never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during deliberations, and never photographed or intended to photograph them.” pic.twitter.com/nm9eKS09zr
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) November 18, 2021
New details have emerged that reveal it was not a coincidence.
After being approached by police Morrison told officers that Byon had instructed him to follow the jury bus.
It was discovered that Irene Byon is a producer for MSNBC and once she was outed quickly deleted her Linkedin and all social media accounts. Despite the fact that the judge said the matter is still under investigation Byon deleted her social media accounts that could be used in a future court proceeding.
Irene Byon, implicated in instructing a reported to follow the Jury Bus has nuked her Linkedin
Court TV reporter claims to know Morrison
This is looking legit like MSNBC tried to expose the jurors identites pic.twitter.com/oEmDi0hxsT
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) November 18, 2021
— AntifaWatch (@AntifaWatch2) November 18, 2021
The seriousness of this incident cannot be overstated. It is not simply because the police suspected MSNBC was trying to take their pictures. If the jurors believed that they were being followed, it could add to their unease about voting in the case. https://t.co/bgE8ifnQS3
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) November 18, 2021