Justice found Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager accused of the murder of two people during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after defending himself from an attack by demonstrators in 2020, innocent. However, the hegemonic media and social networks are spreading a series of false facts about the events seeking to discredit the verdict and hold the young man responsible. 

Influential and well-known people, including lawmakers, journalists and Hollywood stars, became sources of misinformation about the Rittenhouse case. 

Some will do so intentionally, others out of ignorance, but the reality is that they are dangerously portraying a reality that is not the one that was accepted by the jury that acquitted Rittenhouse of all the cases he was charged with.

On CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, reporter Mark Strassman falsely claimed that Rittenhouse “came from Illinois armed for battle,” Fox News reports.

The reporter’s account clearly seeks to establish without any evidence that the crimes for which Rittenhouse is charged are due to an alleged case of racist violence perpetrated by a white supremacist who crossed the border armed with the intent to murder people. 

However, Strassman’s description does not take into account court testimony and police documents that claim that the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle he used was already in Wisconsin prior to his trip across state lines, and that the shots were fired to defend himself from a group of attackers.

On the other hand, media outlets such as Independent falsely reported that Rittenhouse shot three black men. While the reality confirmed that he shot three men, two fatally, and all of them were white, just like Rittenhouse. So it makes no sense to speak of a case of racism or oppression of whites against blacks as it is tried to impose.  

Rittenhouse’s case seems to be being used politically by those leftist sectors that promote the elimination of gun ownership and the promotion of radical groups such as Black Lives Matter, which seek to impose the idea that there is a white oppression of blacks as a result of a kind of systemic racism. 

However, the history determined by justice would have nothing to do with the idea that they are trying to impose, but rather it would have been a case of self-defense. 

On August 25, 2020, Rittenhouse, 17 years old at the time, shot in self-defense against three men, two fatally, after being attacked by these people who wanted to steal his gun. 

The videos and witnesses confirmed that this version was true, despite the fact that the hegemonic media tried to use the case to impose the idea that the United States is a racist country that oppresses blacks.

Rittenhouse himself assured during an interview with Tucker Carlson that he supports peaceful demonstrations and the Black Lives Matter movement, but that he is not in favor of violence and outburst by violent people, as happened repeatedly during the racial protests during 2020.

He also insisted that he is not at all racist. “This case has nothing to do with race,” Rittenhouse said. “It never had anything to do with race. It had to do with the right to self-defense. I’m not a racist person. I support the BLM movement. I support peacefully demonstrating. I believe there needs to be change.”

CBS responded to Fox News’ request for comment, flagging an editor’s note they’ve included in Sunday’s “Face the Nation” transcript:

“EDITORS NOTE: Coverage during “Face the Nation” today of the protests following the verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse stated Rittenhouse “drove in from Illinois armed for battle.” Kyle Rittenhouse testified that he did not drive to Kenosha with a weapon. It was not illegal for Rittenhouse to posses that particular weapon. We apologize for this oversight in language.”

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