Paul Manafort jurors now fear for their lives after CNN hinted they would publicly shame them if they arrive at a “not guilty” verdict, according to reports.
CNN, BuzzFeed, Politico, The New York Times, NBC and The Associated Press all filed an unprecedented suit requesting the personal names and addresses of jurors who are deliberating the merits of the government’s case against the former Trump campaign manager.
Westernjournal.com reports: Writing at The Federalist, Bre Payton noted that the request by CNN and other left-leaning outfits suggested there was more going on that simple journalistic pursuit of information.
“Publicly outing the names and home addresses of jurors is considered ethically questionable, as outlined in this guidance sheet on the topic from the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press,” Bre Payton noted at The Federalist.
This is doubly troubling when you take into account the fact that the judge in the case says he’s received threats due to his role in adjudicating the matter.
In rejecting the motion put forth by the news organizations, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said that he’s currently being trailed by U.S. Marshals because of the threats made against him, according to Fox News.
“I can tell you there have been (threats), Ellis said, adding that “The Marshals go where I go.”
“I don’t feel right if I release (the jurors) names,” he concluded.
That would be bad enough, but CNN in particular has a long history of intimidating people that cross them. Last year, they threatened to dox an individual who created an anti-CNN .gif meme.
According to Breitbart, the network also doxxed an elderly Trump supporter who had promoted a pro-Trump event that may have been set up by Russians, leading to harassment and threatening.
And then there’s the time, as RealClear Politics reported, that the network gave out George Zimmerman’s Social Security number. We could go on and on.
With that kind of history in mind, CNN’s request to the court looks less like an act of journalists seeking information than it does the groundwork of a plan to attack the Manafort jury if it comes back with a verdict the media doesn’t like.
This is an absolutely farcical request that serves no legitimate journalistic purposes. It’s doxxing, plain and simple.
These jurors don’t deserve this. CNN shouldn’t be putting their thumbs on the scales of justice.