MSNBC’s History Of Doxxing Normal People Shadows Attempt To Follow Rittenhouse Jury

MSNBC’s History Of Doxxing Normal People Shadows Attempt To Follow Rittenhouse Jury

Are James J. Morrison and Irene Byon just MSNBC's next Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny?
Kylee Zempel
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MSNBC is in some hot water after someone who was allegedly sent by one of the network’s producers reportedly got arrested while following the bus carrying the jury for the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and was suspected of trying to photograph them. The judge has since banned MSNBC from the courtroom for the rest of the trial.

The man, who reportedly identified himself as James J. Morrison and said he was instructed to follow the jury by MSNBC’s Irene Byon, was pulled over and issued citations for running a red light. Police say that although they suspected he was attempting to take pictures, he didn’t obtain any photographs of the jury. NBC tried to run damage control and issued a statement saying he “never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during deliberations, and never photographed or intended to photograph them.”

But why would Morrison run a red light behind the bus if not to make sure he didn’t lose it? And why was Morrison following the jury if not to photograph or contact them?

The investigation is still open, so we don’t know the whole story, but the situation stinks of foul play: of jury tampering, obstruction of justice, and potential jury intimidation or doxxing.

Not only would this be consistent with the posture of the rest of the corporate press, which has made it their mission to adopt and amplify the prosecutors’ talking points, but it would also fit into NBC’s gross track record of doxxing regular people by digging up their personal and private information and using it against them. What better way to ensure the left’s preferred outcome of a high-profile, politicized trial than by making sure the jury knows that the media know who they are and where they are — and reminding them that the media have the power to let the rest of the world know too?

Perhaps the most notable example of this doxxing habit is NBC’s so-called “disinformation” reporter Brandy Zadrozny (NBC News and MSNBC are both a part of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast). While Zadrozny has devoted much of her attention to QAnon, it seems her overall objective is to flag online information she doesn’t like to get it censored.

She’s bragged about doxxing and censoring Trump supporters in the past with the help of another NBC colleague Ben Collins. Their work is written clearly with the objective of justifying censorship. After penning an article with Collins in August 2020 about Facebook cracking down on QAnon groups, Zadrozny bragged in a now-deleted October tweet that “They did a partial ban in August that wiped more than half of my groups out. This should take care of the rest.”

Revolver News described the tactics employed by these NBC News “reporters” as an “Eastern Europe-style ‘color revolution,’ where institutional forces are used to bring about the intended outcome regardless of what the law says or what the public wants, while giving the whole process a gloss of democratic legitimacy.”

“Harassment, censorship, and intimidation of Trump supporters by any means necessary is a key element of the ‘color revolution’ strategy,” Revolver continued. “And Brandy Zadrozny of NBC News is a key hatchet woman working on behalf of the oligarchs.”

Zadrozny is such a key player, she’s literally written the book on doxxing Trump supporters and other anonymous people online. She was a significant contributor to the “Verification Handbook” and has explained her methods of unethically digging up people’s pasts to other so-called journalists.

It appears she uses dark-data search engines that must be paid for, so “depending on your newsroom’s budget, you may or may not have access.” Through these methods, she can obtain phone records, property records, emails, usernames, and even Amazon wish lists, which she calls “a gold mine for learning about what a person reads, wants, buys.”

Take a look at how this worked with the anonymous Twitter account The Columbia Bugle:

One woman, Laurel Austin, started a GoFundMe to raise money for a lawsuit after Zadrozny and NBC News wrote a story accusing her of “feed[ing] bleach to her autistic sons” that she said ruined her business and made her life a “living hell.” The story was “slanderous,” according to Austin because she claimed multiple doctors had signed off on the home remedy she had created for her sons.

https://twitter.com/Laurel_Austin/status/1319018171471482881

It’s ironic that Zadrozny and NBC would support this type of war on ordinary people because while the reporter engages in doxxing random Trump supporters and conspiracy theorists on the internet, she laments when pedophiles are outed by vigilante groups that exist to expose child predators.

When one man, Alain Malcolm, went to meet up with someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy, he was met instead by the group who had lured him there. It’s a horrible story with a tragic ending, but in Zadrozny’s telling, Malcolm is the “tall and handsome” victim, who “wholly subscribed to the idea of the American dream.”

If only she channeled the kind of sympathy she has for child predators into caring about the victims of her own brand of vigilantism.

This horrible record is the context for this completely fair question, then, regarding the Rittenhouse trial: Are James J. Morrison and Irene Byon just MSNBC’s next Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny?

Kylee Zempel is an assistant editor at The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter @kyleezempel.

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