‘NBC Nightly News’ omits juror controversy while reporting on Chauvin defense lawyer’s motion for new trial

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'NBC Nightly News' omits juror controversy while reporting on Chauvin defense lawyer's motion for new trial

NBC Nightly News omitted an important detail in the latest developments in the Derek Chauvin process on Tuesday night.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson, who represented the former Minneapolis police officer in the murder trial following the death of George Floyd, filed a motion for retrial.

“The cumulative effect of the multiple errors in this trial has deprived Mr. Chauvin of a fair trial in violation of his constitutional rights,” the file reads.

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Among the “mistakes” Nelson cited was the reveal of one of the judges, Brandon Mitchell, who was photographed at a BLM rally in Washington, DC, last summer, and a T-shirt that said “Get the knee off.” Neck “- a reference to Floyd’s death after Chauvin kneeled on the back of his neck for more than nine minutes on video.

The questionnaire asked directly whether potential jurors had participated in protests against Floyd’s death or against the brutality of the police. Mitchell answered “no” to both questions.

The growing jury controversy, however, was neglected in the brief mention of the motion for a new trial in NBC Nightly News.

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“And just tonight, former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin appealed two weeks after his murder conviction for the death of George Floyd. His attorney says Chauvin’s ability to conduct a fair trial was was affected by pre-trial advertising, “said Anker Lester Holt before moving on.

Last month, NBC Nightly News came under fire for missing important details from a report of the police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant by Columbus, Ohio police.

The report skipped the portion of the 911 call that was a “stab” reference and did not show the knife Bryant was holding before she was shot, as seen in the published Bodycam footage.

The following evening, NBC appeared to be correcting his behaviors and showing both after facing intense backlash.

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Lester Holt recently accepted a journalism award and made remarks claiming “it has become clear that fairness is overrated,” adding that “the idea that we should always give two sides equal weight and merit, does not reflect the world we are in. “

“That the sun sets in the west is a fact. Any contrary view deserves neither our time nor our attention,” said Holt. “Decisions not to advance unsupported arguments at once are not a violation of journalistic responsibility or any kind of agenda. In fact, it is just the opposite. They provide an open platform for misinformation so that everyone can say what they want, especially when they do Public health and safety issues are at stake and can be very dangerous. Our duty is to live up to the truth. “

Michael Ruiz of Fox News contributed to this report.