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Special Column: Media bias distorts Kyle Rittenhouse trial over shooting of protestors

Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021

In this Special Column below, I look at the hypocrisy of how the mainstream news media has manipulated the presentation of the facts involving the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who was 17 in 2020 when he confronted George Floyd protestors in Kenosha, shooting and killing two protestors and injuring another. The media says he's a murderer who intentionally went there to kill, the profile of a "typical" conservative. But the media, of course, leaves out a lot of facts that are coming out in the trial which is being broadcast on HLN TV Live.

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Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021

Media bias distorts Kyle Rittenhouse trial over shooting of protestors

  • Kyle Rittenhouse was 17 when he shot two protestors and injured another during post-George Floyd protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The news media has portrayed him as a rightwing fanatic who illegally purchased an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to confront and intentionally shoot protestors. But the trial being broadcast live on HLN TV, tells us something else.


By Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

Kyle Rittenhouse has been on trial for the past year in the biased mainstream news media, but only recently brought to court where he could finally present his side of the story.

In today's polarized American country, the mainstream news media's rush to judgment is driven by partisan politics and they will twist and turn any incident in order to blame centrists and the conservative right.

Instead of allowing the public to hear ALL OF THE FACTS, the mainstream news media is filtering out facts. They exaggerate facts  that portray Centrists and Conservatives as guilty, and whitewash the crimes of the Far Left, which pushed protestors to destroy businesses, property and even take some lives during the ugly hate that drove post-George Floyd protestors during the summer of 2020.

Rittenhouse has been portrayed as a rightwing fanatic who intentionally murdered two protestors and injured a third during the post-George Floyd protests took spread to Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25, 2020.

Rittenhouse testified in his trial this week, defending himself. The media, which has protected the protestors and downplayed their violent actions including looting, physical assaults, murder and arson, presented only part of the facts during their coverage in the months after the shootings.

But the trial this week and Rittenhouse's testimony tells us something completely different, something the mainstream news media, if they were professional and ethical, would have already reported fairly and completely, but did not.

Rittenhouse certainly deserves to face some kind of justice for being underage and using an AR-15 rifle semiautomatic rifle. But he doesn't deserve to be convicted of First Degree Murder.

August 25, 2020 was the third night of protests and Rittenhouse had gone to Kenosha to confront the protestors. The media at first said  Rittenhouse purchased the AR-15 illegally. He was only 17 at the time. But the truth is the weapon was given to him by a friend in Kenosha as they gathered to help protect businesses targeted by the protestors.

The media describes the protestors as having legitimate grievances against the police and society. They have encouraged the protestors and downplayed their violence. Protesters had destroyed and looted businesses in dozens of cities during the months after Floyd was murdered by the excessive conduct of Minneapolis Police, including in Chicagoland.

Although Floyd brought the troubles on himself: he tried to illegally cash, for the second time, a counterfeit $20 bill; he had been using drugs; and, worse, he resisted arrest. But the police officers who arrested him certainly used excessive force which accidentally resulted in Floyd's death.

Instead of convicting the police officer involved, Derek Chauvin, of unintentional murder, he was given the stiffest penalty in part because the mainstream news media had demonized him and turned Floyd into a saint. The media poisoned the atmosphere and Chauvin never had a chance to receive a fair trial. He deserves to be retried.

Why did the media distort the Chauvin case and why are they distorting the Rittenhouse case? The answer is simple. The mainstream news media is providing cover for the protestors because of political affinity. The media sympathizes with the protestors who advance the media's political agenda.

They spent more than a year slanting facts against Rittenhouse. Most Americans have never heard the full facts or that the protestors had threatened to kill Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. Two of the protestors were armed and had weapons. And the threat to use them was clear.

Having listened to the trial this week, and the prosecutor's failed attempts to distort the facts, I feel that Rittenhouse is not-guilty.

The media is using many issues to distract the public from the truthful testimony.  aIn one incident, the prosecutor wanted to use an Apple iPad to enlarge images from an overhead drone. He argued enlarging the image on an iPad is  the same as using a magnifying glass. But that's not true. When you enlarge a pixelated image on an iPad you are distorting the picture adding pixels to enlarge the image. (A magnifying glass doesn't do that.)
Here are some important facts the news media has downplayed and that have only been made clear during the trial.
Rittenhouse was with others who were defending businesses from the looters, protestors and arsonists. (Remember, the protestors in other cities have destroyed many buildings and injured many people including in Chicagoland.)
Rittenhouse said that earlier in the evening on August 25, one of the protestors, Joseph Rosenbaum, threatened him twice, holding a chain. Rosenbaum alleged told Rittenhouse, “I’m going to cut your (f-ing) heart out!”
He testified Rosenbaum ran at him from one side while another protester, who had a gun, confronted him from another side. He felt cornered. Rittenhouse testified he started to run when a protester yelled, “Get him and kill him!”

Rittenhouse said he heard a gunshot. As he turned to face the sound, he saw Rosenbaum charging him with his arms out grabbing Rittenhouses' weapon. “I remember his hand on the barrel of my gun,” Rittenhouse testified.

Fearing for his life, Rittenhouse fired his weapon killing Rosenbaum, and then fired at protester Anthony Huber after Huber struck him in the neck with his skateboard and then grabbed his gun.

A third protestor, Gaige Grosskreutz, lunged at Rittenhouse “with his pistol pointed directly at my head,” he testified.

These details of the actions of the armed and violent protestors, Rosenbaum, Huber and Grosskreutz, paint a far picture than what was reported on by the mainstream news media.
Rittenhouse should face some punishment for having the weapon, and even possibly for traveling from his suburban Chicago home to go to Kenosha to confront the protestors.
But he doesn't deserve to be convicted of First Degree murder. The victims contributed to the confrontation. While no one deserves to die over a political fight, they certainly posed a clear and present danger to Rittenhouse. The protestors created the violent confrontation and Rittenhouse defended himself to save his own life.

Click here to listen to the "Two Guys on Politics" podcast for more on the Rittenhouse trial.


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