Madison, Wisconsin police are yet to make any arrests in the investigation of an alleged hate crime reported by 18-year old Althea Bernstein on June 24th, three weeks after she reported being attacked while sitting at a stoplight by four individuals she described as “classic Wisconsin frat boys.” Bernstein claims one man yelled a racial slur as the others doused her in lighter fluid, before setting her on fire with a lighter they threw through her car window.
The paramedic in training described escaping the scene and patting out the flames on her face, suffering second and third-degree burns.
One would think that police would be able to at least identify some persons of interest to the public, considering Bernstein is describing an incident that possibly occurred just a few blocks away from the Wisconsin State Capital. Two of the men have been described as wearing floral shirts, clothing that would be easily distinguishable on any surveillance camera footage actively recording around the time of the supposed incident.
Acting Madison Police Chief Vic Wahl confirmed that the investigation is still ongoing as of Wednesday last week when speaking to the Wisconsin State Journal, stating that his department was working with the FBI on the matter.
The Los Angeles-based StandWithUs Center for Combating Antisemitism has announced a $5,000 reward for information in the case, matching an earlier $5,000 CrimeStoppers reward.
A spokesman for the Bernstein family also confirmed to the Journal that the family is declining to speak publicly any further at this time, claiming doing so would jeopardize the ongoing investigation. “I have advised the family against making statements during an ongoing investigation, in order to avoid compromising the hard work of law enforcement officials,” said Bernstein family attorney Andrea Love Sumpter.
It’s time for some serious answers on this frankly questionable incident.
Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years
A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.
Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.
This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.
Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.
MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.
This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:
- The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
- Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
- Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
- An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
- A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
- Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)
Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.
As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.
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