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CBS News Falsely Claims Rittenhouse 'Told the Jury He Murdered Two Men'

Network slammed for pushing fabricated claims about teen's testimony

 on 13th November 2021 @ 12.00am
cbs news made fabricated claims about kyle rittenhouse s testimony © press
CBS News made fabricated claims about Kyle Rittenhouse's testimony

CBS News has triggered outrage after it was caught pushing a false claim that Kyle Rittenhouse "told the jury he murdered two men" while testifying during his trial.

The "news" network was blasted by readers for fabricating details from the Rittenhouse trial.

CBS posted a video on Twitter and falsely stated that the defendant "testified" that he "murdered two men" amid rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.

However, Rittenhouse has made no such claims.

He has been charged with two counts of intentional homicide but has pleaded not guilty.

The teenager is arguing that he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber in August 2020.

cbs news posted the false claims on twitter to its 466 000 followers © press
CBS News posted the false claims on Twitter to its 466,000 followers

Both Fox News and Mediaite reported that CBS News deleted its initial tweet.

But the internet is forever — and below is an image of the tweet in question, which reads, "Kyle Rittenhouse testified in his murder trial yesterday, breaking down in tears as he told the jury he murdered two men at a Black Lives Matter protest last year in self-defense." 

Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner offered a terse response to it:

Adams followed up to his reaction with a post just six minutes later saying CBS News "deleted" its problematic tweet "and re-wrote it."

The apparent new tweet reads "killed two men" instead of "murdered two men."

wendy rittenhouse also slammed joe biden for suggesting her son is a  white supremacist © press
Wendy Rittenhouse also slammed Joe Biden for suggesting her son is a 'white supremacist'

But criticism over the network's blunder didn't end there.

Several blue tick account slammed the network over the post.

  • "Again, a lot of Rittenhouse coverage and commentary is straight up libelous," Mark Hemingway, senior writer at RealClearInvestigations, tweeted about the network's "murdered two men" faux pas.
  • "When you could just report the story straight but you jump at the chance to put it in a lawsuit-worthy frame instead," journalist Virginia Kruta observed.
  • "Oh, well, then. No need for trials, CBS News has delivered its verdict!" Dan McLaughlin of National Review Online declared.

Others heartily agreed:

  • "Wow it's article after article of blatant misinformation and outright lies," one commenter added. "Different agencies and publications like an organized effort to railroad this kid."
  • "Apparently the plan is to continue with these inflammatory lies until a dam breaks and widespread violence breaks out," another user opined. "Imagine the top-down control they'll claim is necessary to quell massive civil unrest."
  • "In 2021 you are not convicted by a jury of your peers but by a set of semi-anonymous 'elite' 'journalists' / social media managers who hate you," another commenter said.
  • "Somebody obviously forgot what happened after the media falsely accused that youngster from Covington Catholic in KY," another user offered. "Apparently CBS has deep enough pockets that they won't have a problem settling with Kyle Rittenhouse for millions, too."

Rittenhouse's trial has been leading the news cycle this week.

In a Thursday interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Wendy Rittenhouse, the defendant's mother, said that Democrat Joe Biden "defamed" her son by suggesting he's a white supremacist.

Speaking during an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Rittenhouse spokesman David Hancock also blasted Biden over an ad he posted while running for president.

The ad used images of Rittenhouse and falsely implies is a “white supremacist.”

Biden shared the ad on social media with a suggestion that he would stand up against Rittenhouse and "white supremacy."

"Don’t forget, the candidate for the U.S. presidency himself, last year, prior to the election, called Kyle Rittenhouse a white supremacist,” Hancock told Ingraham.

"Joe Biden called him a white supremacist; that is appalling."

[RELATED] Far-Left Young Turks Host Admits Anti-Kyle Rittenhouse Narrative Was False

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