May 25, 2022

Rittenhouse to bring accountability to the media for slander and libel

Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager brought up on murder charges for defending himself during a riot, has announced he plans to sue media companies and personalities that defamed him while he was on trial. 

“The Media Accountability Project is the official fundraising vehicle for holding the worst offenders in our activist media accountable in court,” Rittenhouse told the Washington Examiner.

“In the long term, I want to provide a platform for independent journalists who are actually committed to the truth, but for right now, accountability is priority No. 1.”

Rittenhouse was put on trial, not just in the courtroom, but in the court of public opinion, when he was maligned by numerous media outlets that called him a murderer without hearing the facts of the case out or hearing the end of the trial. 

Rittenhouse received nationwide attention after he was accused of being legally responsible for the death of two and the assault of a third protester in Wisconsin. 

Rittenhouse told Fox News there would be “some media accountability coming soon,” and while he didn’t specify which outlets he would be challenging in court, he made the case that major outlets lied about him when they described him as racist and a white supremacist during his trial.

“My trial exposed a deep corruption in our media that cannot go unanswered. Their blatant lies, defamation, and propaganda were malicious attempts to tear our nation apart and destroy my life — and I am committed to holding them accountable,” he said.

Rittenhouse made his comments about the project to Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, saying that there would be a website where supporters can donate to support the legal challenges to the media and the Media Accountability Project.

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power,” he said.

“We are looking at quite a few politicians, celebrities, athletes, Whoopi Goldberg is on the list. She called me a murderer after I was acquitted by a jury of my peers. She went on to still say that, and there’s others,” he said, before noting Cenk Uygur from the Young Turks is also on his radar.

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