In a report for “Face the Nation,” reporter Mark Strassman erroneously claimed that Kyle Rittenhouse was crossing state borders “armed to fight.”
On Sunday, the CBS program featured a news package about the recent jury that judged 18-year-old Rittenhouse. In August 2020, the then 17-year-old Rittenhouse shot three men who were trying to attack him during the Kenosha riots in Wisconsin. The shots later killed two of his attackers, Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, while wounding a third, Gaige Grosskreutz.
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Rittenhouse then faced several charges, including first-degree premeditated murder. His lawyers claimed he had fired the weapon in self-defense.
Strassman reported on the events leading up to the riots, including the police shooting of Jacob Blake. As for Rittenhouse, Strassman described him as being “driven in from Illinois armed for battle.”
“Lots to unpack here, this country’s ongoing moment of racial calculation, vigilance and self-defense demands from armed people stepping in for themselves,” commented Strassman.
Strassman’s description was despite forensic testimony and police interviews that said the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle he used was already in Wisconsin before his trip across state borders.
The trial revealed that the rifle was purchased by 19-year-old Dominick David Black, who had stored the weapon in Wisconsin for the Rittenhouse. Police have charged Black with two crimes for knowingly giving a firearm to a minor, but Rittenhouse did not face any charge of possessing a weapon at the time.
CBS has not responded to Fox News’ request for comment.
The media has often misunderstood the events in Kenosha and often refers to him crossing state borders from his residence in Illinois to Wisconsin. In addition, several media experts and Democratic politicians have branded Rittenhouse a “white supremacy,” including then-presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2020.
A jury found Rittenhouse not guilty of all charges filed against him Friday. Progressive and media hosts, however, continued to condemn Rittenhouse, as well as Judge Bruce Schroeder.
Defense attorney Mark Richards has criticized the false reporting against his client, including the allegation that he traveled across state borders with a weapon.
“It’s wrong,” he said. “When I hear a guest host on Joy Reid say that my client drove four hours to go to riots with his AR, it’s wrong. It’s false.”
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