Kudos to NBC News, which not only covered the bail release for Quintez Brown but also noted Brown’s appearance on MSNBC as well. As Media Research Center’s Nicholas Fondacaro points out, the other two broadcast networks barely mentioned the case at all, and left out how Brown got his bail money. ABC danced around BLM’s connection to the bail funding and the nature of Brown’s activism, while CBS didn’t cover it at all.
Not only did Lester Holt call out Black Lives Matter for raising the money for an accused political assassin, he featured the attempted targeted, Craig Greenberg, who then blasted “bail reform” for violent suspects:
In contrast, NBC Nightly News called out Black Lives Matter Louisville for posting Brown’s $100,000 bail. They also showed MSNBC video where they spoke to him while at March for Our Lives. And if that wasn’t enough, they noted the case was part of the debate over “lax bail laws”. pic.twitter.com/l5A09lcfOM
Holt’s segment aired a couple of hours after the Washington Free Beacon delved into the fundraising around Brown’s bail. While journalists obsess over small-ticket donations to Canadian truckers protesting COVID-19 restrictions, the Louisville Community Bail Fund operated by BLM raises some eye-popping totals from “heavyweights” in Democratic Party circles:
The bail fund, for example, has an active page on ActBlue, the political fundraising platform used universally by Democratic candidates across the country. Justice Democrats—a far-left PAC that supports Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.)—also actively fundraises for the bail group on the platform. Contributions sent to the Louisville Community Bail Fund through ActBlue are routed through the Tides Center, a liberal dark money behemoth that has received millions of dollars from Soros. Tides gave nearly $740,000 to the bail fund in 2020, tax filings show.
The Louisville Community Bail Fund’s presence on the Democratic Party’s leading fundraising platform undercuts party leaders’ repeated denials of being soft on crime. The Democratic National Committee used ActBlue to rake in nearly $500 million in 2020, the same year Vice President Kamala Harris used the platform to promote a similar bail fund that freed an alleged domestic abuser weeks before he was arrested again for murder.
ActBlue, Justice Democrats, and the Tides Center did not return requests for comment.
It’s not as if the LCBF is a leading voice against violent crime, either. Its co-founder Chanelle Helm, a BLM-Louisville organizer, has her own track record in this regard, reports the WFB:
Helm is no stranger to calls for political violence. The activist garnered national attention in 2019 after she led a protest outside of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell’s (R., Ky.) home in Louisville. In a live video, Helm said McConnell—who was recovering from a shoulder injury at the time—”should have broken his little raggedy, wrinkled-ass neck.” Helm also told a fellow protester to “just stab the motherfucker in the heart” after the man referenced a McConnell voodoo doll. She refused to apologize for her comments after the protest, telling the Courier Journal that McConnell “doesn’t care about people who actually do break their necks.”
The Louisville Courier Journal, let’s not forget, provided Quintez Brown a column for a few years while Brown indulged his increasingly erratic radical activism.
That raises a couple of interesting questions, especially in light of NBC News’ surprising interest in Brown’s bail. Will American media outlets show as much interest in the fundraising that allowed an attempted political assassin out on bail as they did in the fundraising that supported peaceful protests in Canada? And will the same media outlets that consider horn-honking a form of violence, and especially those who blame Republican campaign rhetoric for unrelated violence, apply that standard to BLM and Democratic fundraising orgs now that they have bailed out an attempted political assassin?
Almost certainly not, of course, but that doesn’t mean that those questions will go away.