It is almost undisputed that the mainstream media consists of mostly journalists that have a strong bias to the left. Most of us know this to be true. What we have learned at the Kenosha County Eye, however, is that it can also extend to photographers. For the Rittenhouse trial, two photographers were selected by Judge Schroeder to be the pool photographers. This means that these two photographers must share their photos with the many dozens of news media organizations in Kenosha covering the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Veteran Kenosha News photographer Sean Krajacic was chosen to be a pool photographer. He is extremely talented and very familiar with the dynamics of the courtroom and Judge Schroeder’s rules. For some reason, Judge Schroeder chose a freelance photographer, formerly of the Racine Journal times, Mark Hertzberg to be the second pool photographer.
The Kenosha News has a very unusual way of handling pool photos. For example, the Kenosha County Eye must pay $30 for each photo we wish to display on our website. They are supposed to be free for news agencies that are present to cover the trial. Zuma Press is a national wire press organization that employees Herzberg. They are giving the pool photos free to the news media as they are supposed to.
Halfway through the trial, the Kenosha County Eye received an email from Mark Hertzberg, the second pool photographer. Hertzberg took particular issue for us using the term “pedophile” to describe Joseph Rosenbaum, seemingly defending the deceased man’s sexual crime convictions against young children. He also took issue with us identifying T. Clair Binger as a Democrat. It is no secret that Binger is a Democrat. He ran a failed campaign for district attorney as a Democrat. He freely admits to friends and family that he is a bleeding heart liberal. Hertzburg told us that we could not use his photos.
Hertzberg seemed to prioritize his political affiliation as a far-left Democrat over his occupation. We reached out to the judge to let him know that he was refusing to provide us with the pool photos. The judge and staff ordered ZUMA to provide us with the pool photos as we were an approved media outlet for the trial.
Ironically, a couple days later in the trial, it was discovered that Hertzberg had photographed at least one juror that is currently deliberating Rittenhouses fate. This is a grave violation of the Court’s order and jeopardizes the safety of the jurors and integrity of the proceedings. Judge Schroeder kicked him out of the courtroom and he is not allowed back in with his camera. He was spotted outside of the courtroom socializing with BLM protesters.
We never would have thought that employees with non-editorial roles within a media organization would act differently because of their political affiliations. The far-left media organization MSNBC has also been banned from the court house for allegedly ordering a producer to follow the jury and photograph them.
The media should avoid harassing, intimidating or analyzing the jury so this community can get a fair verdict and move on.
Here are some screenshots from Hertzberg’s Facebook account: