Dec 4, 2021 • 1HR 11M

Episode 93: It's Crazy We Have To Do A Debunking Episode About The Jacob Blake Shooting In December 2021 And Yet Here We Are

Whose "moral clarity" in journalism are we talking about?

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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.

After a brief discussion of Katie’s new hobby, Jesse tells Katie the truth about the Jacob Blake shooting. Then the cohosts critique the very specific (and very narrow) brand of “moral clarity” employed by the journalists who continue to bungle the story to this day. If you’re a paying subscriber, you can comment on this article here. (Correction: Remarkably, Jesse made a fleeting reference to “the Blake killing” at 1:08:49 in the version of this episode we released early to our premium subscribers. That’s now been snipped out. Thank you to the listener who flagged the error.)

Show notes/Links:

Video of the shooting:

The Kenosha DA’s report: https://www.kenoshacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/11827/Report-on-the-Officer-Involved-Shooting-of-Jacob-Blake

The Noble Wray report: https://www.kenoshacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/11830/Use-of-Force-Expert-Noble-Wray-Independent-Evaluation-and-Report

Feds say no charges: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-officials-close-review-officer-involved-shooting-jacob-blake

Freeze-frame of key moment from video:

ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/press-releases/aclu-issues-statement-following-charging-decision-kenosha-district-attorney-shooting

Info on Prof. Keith Taylor: https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/faculty/keith-taylor

Original “moral clarity” column: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/opinion/objectivity-black-journalists-coronavirus.html

“Shot in front of his kids”: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22jacob+blake%22+%22in+front+of+his+kids%22&sxsrf=AOaemvJsyGnLfxa4a4AsUBwJCQ4Q_OLLCw:1638560306185&source=lnms&tbm=nws&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjKt_jnsMj0AhUIlIkEHV5wAvUQ_AUoA3oECAEQBQ&biw=1707&bih=837&dpr=1.13

Times on decision not to charge: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/05/us/jacob-blake-kenosha-rusten-sheskey.html

Washington Post on same: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/01/05/kenosha-police-charges-jacob-blake/

AP: https://apnews.com/article/kyle-rittenhouse-pleads-not-guilty-cf6228f55a4f2a5fdd66978e5523a912

CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/05/us/jacob-blake-police-shooting-kenosha-emergency/index.html

Study showing liberals severely overestimate how common police shootings of unarmed black men are: https://www.skeptic.com/research-center/reports/Research-Report-CUPES-007.pdf

Searches showing how little media love Noble Wray got:

NYT: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Ahttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com+%22noble+wray%22+blake&rlz=1C1UEAD_enUS953US953&oq=site%3Ahttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com+%22noble+wray%22+blake&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i58.6424j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

WaPo: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Awashingtonpost.com+%22noble+wray%22+blake&rlz=1C1UEAD_enUS953US953&sxsrf=AOaemvLxrGrPhFdlaKc07sXjFovCCkJNvQ%3A1638564763273&ei=m4OqYY7-D52rptQPy9200A0&ved=0ahUKEwjOt5-1wcj0AhWdlYkEHcsuDdoQ4dUDCA4&uact=5&oq=site%3Awashingtonpost.com+%22noble+wray%22+blake&gs_lcp=Cgdnd3Mtd2l6EANKBQg8EgExSgQIQRgBSgQIRhgAUMAEWOYIYKcJaAFwAHgAgAExiAGOApIBATaYAQCgAQHAAQE&sclient=gws-wiz

CNN: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Awashingtonpost.com+%22noble+wray%22+blake&rlz=1C1UEAD_enUS953US953&sxsrf=AOaemvLxrGrPhFdlaKc07sXjFovCCkJNvQ%3A1638564763273&ei=m4OqYY7-D52rptQPy9200A0&ved=0ahUKEwjOt5-1wcj0AhWdlYkEHcsuDdoQ4dUDCA4&uact=5&oq=site%3Awashingtonpost.com+%22noble+wray%22+blake&gs_lcp=Cgdnd3Mtd2l6EANKBQg8EgExSgQIQRgBSgQIRhgAUMAEWOYIYKcJaAFwAHgAgAExiAGOApIBATaYAQCgAQHAAQE&sclient=gws-wiz

Jesse’s new thing: https://www.callin.com/show/singal-minded-conversations-IIrXnblInM

More info on Callin: https://www.callin.com

Image: KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 05: National Guard troops stand watch as demonstrators protest outside of the Kenosha County Courthouse following the announcement by District Attorney Michael Graveley that no charges would be filed against Police Officer Rusten Sheskey in the shooting of Jacob Blake on January 05, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Sheskey shot Blake seven times in the back while responding to a domestic dispute, which led to several days of rioting and unrest in the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)