The persistent media falsehood that Kyle Rittenhouse was armed with an AR-15 fashion rifle when he “crossed state lines” earlier than his lethal encounters in Kenosha, Wis., has led to a number of corrections and appreciable mockery because the reckoning over deceptive protection of the trial continues.
What Insider referred to as “perhaps the most persistent myth” across the case was peddled repeatedly in liberal media retailers, in print and on tv, earlier than and even in the course of the trial. It was established by means of testimony and police data that the rifle Rittenhouse used within the shootings of three folks, two deadly, was already saved in Kenosha. Several of his members of the family lived in Kenosha, and the AR-15 fashion rifle was purchased for Rittenhouse by his buddy Dominick Black and saved at his home.
The oft-used media line that he traveled throughout “state lines” gave off the impression he was an outsider who traveled from afar, when in actuality he traveled lower than a half hour to Kenosha from his city Antioch, Ill., simply south of the state border.
Following Rittenhouse’s acquittal on all costs after he claimed self-defense within the case, CBS News correspondent Mark Strassman reported on Sunday’s “Face The Nation” that “Rittenhouse drove in from Illinois armed for battle,” main the outlet to challenge a correction and apology for its language.
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He was hardly alone, although, with dozens of pundits repeating the phrase advert nauseam within the lead-up to and certainly in the course of the case.
Ana Kasparian of the far-left Young Turks blasted Rittenhouse for having “crossed state lines with an illegal gun” earlier this month earlier than correcting herself on a later present, saying it was essential to have the “facts.”
“The 17-year-old vigilante, arguably a domestic terrorist, picked up a rifle, drove to a different state to shoot people,” MSNBC’s John Heilemann mentioned final 12 months.
“Not only was he not standing his ground, he wasn’t even standing in his own state,” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough mentioned on Nov. 1. “He crossed state lines with an AR-15, threw himself in the middle of all this and started shooting people.”
“In Wisconsin you have Rittenhouse, a White teenager who crossed state lines with an AR-15-style rifle. Killed two men and wounded another and was told by police to go home,” left-wing CNN anchor Don Lemon mentioned on Nov. 16.
“Now if you recall, the teenager drove from his home in Illinois across state lines armed with a semiautomatic rifle to the site of the protests where he shot and killed two men and wounded another,” MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin mentioned final month.
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ABC’s Joy Behar made two false assertions on Nov. 11, saying Rittenhouse “goes across state lines with an AR-15, with his mother.” His mom didn’t drive him to Wisconsin, an assertion additionally incorrectly made by CNN’s Bakari Sellers. Behar corrected the comment about his mom a couple of minutes later however not concerning the rifle.
The day of the acquittal, left-wing “Peacock” comic Amber Ruffin repeated the falsehood as properly. The viral video has greater than 8 million views on Twitter however hasn’t been flagged as misinformation.
“It’s not OK for a man to grab a rifle, travel across state lines, and shoot three people, and then walk free,” she mentioned.
The examples are practically infinite. “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg, authorized analyst Areva Martin, MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah, and MSNBC authorized analyst Maya Wiley additionally made the false declare.
The day after the verdicts, the New York Times’ Glenn Thrush quoted a gun management proponent fretting that Rittenhouse might “grab an assault weapon, travel across state lines” and kill folks with out penalties.
“Only in America can a 17-year-old grab an assault weapon, travel across state lines, provoke a fight, kill two people and injure another and pay no consequences,” he advised Thrush, with no textual content indicating what he mentioned was flawed. Thrush didn’t reply to a request for touch upon whether or not he would replace the piece.
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That incorrect evaluation was additionally noticed by Fox News Digital in Reuters and the Washington Post – which have each since issued corrections – in addition to opinion items in Glamour, Esquire, Deadspin, and Gothamist.
“This Nov 19 story corrects third paragraph to make clear Rittenhouse did not bring his weapon from Illinois to Wisconsin,” a correction on the high of the Reuters piece now reads.
“An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Kyle Rittenhouse brought his AR-15 across state lines. He has testified that he picked up the weapon from a friend’s house in Wisconsin. This article has been corrected,” the Washington Post reported.
Requests for remark from Fox News Digital to CNN, MSNBC, ABC, Peacock, Gothamist, and writers at Glamour, Esquire, and Deadspin went unreturned.
Even retailers that accurately famous the rifle was already in Wisconsin, or just ignored that truth, nonetheless made a repeated level that he had “crossed state lines,” seemingly giving the misunderstanding he travelled a fantastic distance or had no connection by any means to Kenosha.
Journalist Bari Weiss, the previous New York Times opinion editor who left the newspaper final 12 months, admitted she was so misled by news protection that she falsely assumed for a time that Rittenhouse certainly traveled together with his rifle throughout state strains to a city unfamiliar to him.
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The satirical Babylon Bee received in on the mockery with the headline, “Media Warns Thousands Of Americans Planning To Cross State Lines To Celebrate Thanksgiving.”
Black, the buddy of Rittenhouse who purchased the rifle for him with the understanding he would not use it till he turned 18, is being prosecuted for making an unlawful straw buy. However, the courtroom decided that Rittenhouse, 17 on the time of his lethal encounters in Kenosha, was legally allowed to have the gun on the time.
Rittenhouse was acquitted on all costs on Friday in his carefully watched trial, efficiently arguing he acted in self-defense.
Media retailers and progressive pundits and lawmakers additionally referred to as Rittenhouse a assassin and a White supremacist earlier than, throughout and after his trial. In an unique interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that aired Monday, Rittenhouse instructed he might take authorized motion.
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