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Left-Wing 'Fact-Checker' Slammed for Pushing False Claims about Kyle Rittenhouse

Politifact hit with backlash after trial judge contradicts claims

 on 16th November 2021 @ 11.00pm
politifact s  fact check  on the rittenhouse trial has been completely contradicted © press
Politifact's 'fact-check' on the Rittenhouse trial has been completely contradicted

Left-wing Facebook "fact-checker" Politifact has been slammed online after the judge in Kyle Rittehouse's trial proved the organization pushed false claims about the defendant's case.

In one of its "fact-checks," Politifact made claims about the legality of Rittenhouse's firearm possession.

Facebook employs Politifact as an "independent fact-checker" and censors any information from its platform that the site's left-leaning writers determine to be "false." 

Rittenhouse is on trial for shooting three people, two fatally, during a Black Lives Matter riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer.

The now-18-year-old's attorney is arguing that he acted in self-defense but prosecutors allege he is guilty of murder.

However, Politifact's August 2020 attempt at fact-checking didn't stand the test of time after Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed the charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18 against Rittenhouse on Monday.

judge schroeder s ruling contradicted the claims by politifact
Judge Schroeder's ruling contradicted the claims by Politifact

Schroeder ruled that Rittenhouse was legally allowed to possess a rifle because of Wisconsin's open carry law, as long as it met certain minimum length requirements.

The fact-check claimed it was not legal for Rittenhouse, who was seventeen at the time of the shooting, to possess the rifle without parental supervision.

The article noted that there was an exception for some teenagers in cases where they were hunting, but added, "Rittenhouse wasn't in Kenosha to hunt."

Many on social media took the news organization to task for levying up the claims clearly contradicted by the ruling of the judge in Rittenhouse's case.

facebook employs politifact to censor information from the platform it deeps  false © press
Facebook employs Politifact to censor information from the platform it deeps 'false'

"This fact check was always wrong, but now that the weapons charge has been dropped it's officially PANTS ON FIRE," replied Mark Hemingway.

"You guys really should look for another line of work," read one popular tweet.

"Are you going to factcheck yourself now?" asked another critic.

"Issue an immediate retraction," demanded another popular tweet.

Politifact also noted that their finding had been used as a basis for Facebook to censor claims on their social media platform.

At the time of writing, Politifact has yet to issue a correction or publish an apology over the claims.

[RELATED] Judge Warns Rittenhouse Jurors of 'Deliberately Biased' Reporting in Mainstream Media

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