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While they didn’t spout off in the same unhinged manner as NBC and MSNBC, CNN was similarly displeased with the Kenosha jury finding Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges on Friday. They reluctantly admitted the defense had a solid argument for self-defense and the prosecution couldn’t breakthrough. But within the first 10 minutes of The Lead, CNN legal analyst Charles Coleman Jr. suggested that white privilege, racism, and a coordinated “infantilization of Kyle Rittenhouse” swayed the jury.
Late in the 3 p.m. hour, CNN was feeling discouraged enough that they started to go back to covering other topics like COVID. But as they were wrapping up their conversation of the verdict at the top of the next hour, fill-in host Pamela Brown wondered if Rittenhouse’s age played a role in the verdict.
“Well, Pamela, I don't necessarily think that it's just his age. I think we have to be very clear about what that means,” Coleman prefaced.