PolitiFact faces another backlash after Friday’s shocking acquittal. Kyle Rittenhouse.
After his defense team argued that Rittenhouse was acting in selfdefense, a jury found Rittenhouse innocent of all five charges including the two murder counts. Rittenhouse had fatally shot the two victims last year at the age 17-years-old.
After the fact-checking media outlet took Trump, then President of the United States, to task for his remarks on the Kenosha massacres in which Trump largely supported Rittenhouse’s claim that he was acting in self-defense, the verdict was reached.
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Trump stated that he saw the exact same tape as me during a news conference on Aug. 31, 2020. He was trying to escape from them, it seems like. He fell and was then violently attacked by the attackers. And it was something that we’re looking at right now and it’s under investigation.”
While the fact-check concedes that Trump “correctly describes some minor details about that night,” it insisted the president’s comments “grossly mischaracterize what happened — leaving out that by the time of the events he described, prosecutors say Rittenhouse had already shot and killed a man.”
We aren’t examining whether Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense as his lawyer claims. By focusing only on a small portion of what occurred that night, we are trying to determine if Trump provides an accurate account of events. PolitiFact said, “He is not.”
Trump was accused of creating a false picture of events through omitted details.
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“Trump’s comments completely overlook the fact that people started following him after he allegedly shot and killed someone. PolitiFact also stated that Rittenhouse was ‘violently attacked by protesters’, however, this is not supported in the videos.” PolitiFact said at the time.
PolitiFact’s ruling on Rittenhouse was summarized by PolitiFact. He said Rittenhouse had “fell”, but that his remarks “leave an intreniary and false image” because Rittenhouse, when he fell, “had already shot, killed, and injured one person that evening.”
PolitFact concluded that the claim was “We rate it False”.
Critics attacked the liberal fact-checker because of its “false” decision on Trump’s remarks.
“Will Politifact update your incorrect post?” Drew Holden is a political commentator Frequently Asked Questions.
“So sick @PolitiFact of the liars.” We reacted Kelley Paul, the wife of Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky.
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Conservative writer AG Hamilton stated that “Politifact has been so consistently bad at these.” Tweet. Their ratings system is biased towards the left and they are constantly rated based upon what narratives they subscribe to. If they just removed all ratings from their site and only presented the facts, the entire site could be 100x better.
PolitiFact didn’t immediately reply to Fox News’s request for comment.
PolitiFact has had to defend this “fact check” during the Rittenhouse trial. Criticisms of PolitiFact’s article, which was too old and claimed Rittenhouse had illegally obtained it earlier in the week were levelled at PolitiFact.
The Rittenhouse trial was presided by Judge Bruce Schroeder. He tossed out the sixth accusation against Rittenhouse, which he had allegedly committed a crime with a dangerous weapon. Rittenhouse, then 17, was killed in the shootings.
Schroeder tossed the charge after prosecutors conceded Rittenhouse’s rifle was not short-barreled as the law has a carveout for such weapons.
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PolitiFact found that Rittenhouse’s firearm possession was legal, but it happened just days later in Kenosha. PolitiFact fact-checked a random Facebook user and discovered the contrary.
It is currently being litigated whether Rittenhouse, a Wisconsin resident, was able to possess a firearm as he was not allowed. But the Facebook post claimed that it was ‘perfectly legal’ for the teenager to carry an assault-style rifle in Kenosha. At best, that’s unproven. At worst, it’s inaccurate. PolitFact declared that it rated the post False.
PolitiFact doubled down on its “fact-check,” running a lengthy editor’s note defending its reporting at the time.