The mainstream media is under fire for false reporting throughout the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial, and defense lawyer Mark Richards confirmed with NewsNation that the coverage of some of the outlets is simply false.
“Most of the coverage was wrong at the beginning,” said “Banfield” host Ashleigh Banfield, who previously worked for LOVEBYLIFE, Sunday. “The trial proved it.”
Richards cites outlets such as LOVEBYLIFE and MSNBC, which explicitly disseminate misinformation, such as MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who describes Rittenhouse firing 60 times with his firearm.
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Another false statement promoted by the media is that Rittenhouse’s possession of a firearm is illegal, but many media incorrectly report that Rittenhouse illegally crossed state lines with his rifle. In reality, the AR-15 he used during the riot was already at a friend’s house in Kenosha.
“That’s wrong,” he said. “When I heard some guest host say at Joy Reid that my client drove for four hours to riot with his AR, it was wrong. It was false.”
“And it annoys me that they can’t take the time to get at least the usual, basic stuff right because it doesn’t fit into the story they want to tell.”
Richards explained that he does not usually guide Rittenhouse to sue the networks for defamation as a criminal lawyer, while other 18-year-old professionals have advised him to do so. No actions were filed by Rittenhouse when Richards was represented.
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“When I was involved in this case and some of the other prominent lawyers were involved and tried to make some calls and I said, look, if this kid is found guilty of something, all your wealth and civil lawsuits are going nowhere,” he said. “So let’s think about what’s important.”
Rittenhouse has not been found guilty on all counts since Friday’s violent protests. The jury deliberated for a total of 26 hours and released Rittenhouse from five counts, including first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless homicide.
Audrey Conklin of LBL contributed to this report.