Media Desperately Avoids Admitting Jewish Man Killed By Pro-Palestine Protester

After a Jewish man was killed during an altercation between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protesters, the mainstream media desperately avoided admitting the cause of his death — with many headlines essentially suggesting the man had simply died from falling and hitting his head during a protest.

During dueling protests on November 6 in Westlake Village, California, a confrontation broke out between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine activists, which resulted in a fight. Paul Kessler, 69, was reportedly beaten with a megaphone and ultimately hit his head on the pavement as a result of the fight. He later died of his injuries at a local hospital.

According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, “Upon arrival, responding deputies located Kessler, who was suffering from a head injury. Witness accounts indicated that Kessler was involved in a physical altercation with counter-protestor(s). During the altercation, Kessler fell backward and struck his head on the ground. Kessler was transported to an area hospital for advanced medical treatment. On November 6, 2023, Kessler succumbed to his injuries.”

During a Tuesday press conference, the Sheriff’s Office announced that they had detained a 50-year-old suspect who was “advocating for Palestine” during the fight with Kessler. The suspect was later released after law enforcement executed a search warrant at his home.

Kessler’s cause of death has been ruled a homicide, and authorities have “not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime” charge, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Despite all of this information being available, many mainstream media outlets refused to include anything that would paint pro-Palestine activists in a negative light in their headlines.

T. Becket Adams, program director at the National Journalism Center, shared a misleading NBC headline in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, which read: “Man dies after hitting head during Israel and Palestinian rallies in California, officials say.”

“Woman dies after stepping into oncoming traffic during Charlottesville rally, officials say,” Adams wrote mockingly, adding: “You can’t deny the effort to obfuscate and obscure what’s happening out there, and you can’t ignore that the effort is being spearheaded by the same people who scare-mongered these past 10+ years over this exact sort of thing.”

“The article itself notes the medical examiner has ruled the man’s death a homicide. What editorial process led NBC to decide this detail was not worth mentioning in either the headline or the subhead?” he wrote in a third post.

Adams also highlighted a headline from the New York Times, which read: “Jewish Man Dies After Dueling Protests In California.”

“An ‘altercation’ you say? Did something happen during said altercation? Or did the Jewish man die of, say, a heart attack?” he mused.

Mainstream television coverage of the incident followed a similar pattern, according to NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck.

“‘CBS Mornings’ ignored it completely,” he wrote in a post on X, explaining that the channel had instead filled the time slot with discussions of the supposed “true cost” of the Israel-Hamas war and how it would be “counted in the lives of children killed or broken” in Gaza.

“ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ had a full story on the brutal killing, but it was naturally watered down. First, the chyron: ‘U.S. Tensions Rise as Mideast Conflict Rages; Jewish Man Dies After Incident at California Protest.’ Seriously? This is like those stories when a ‘truck’ commits mass murder,” Houck added — likely referencing the media’s abhorrent coverage of the 2021 Waukesha massacre, where a Black supremacist ran over White people in a Christmas parade, but many mainstream outlets reported the story as a “parade crash” or simply reported that an “SUV” had driven into the parade.