Kyle Rittenhouse acted in self-defense after a gun was pointed at him, a key witness for the prosecution said yesterday during the murder trial. Instead of reporting this watershed moment, numerous corporate media outlets like NPR brazenly misled readers, evoking memories of when CNN portrayed Covington Catholic as a group of white supremacists.
First, read the key testimony for yourself, as reported by Reuters:
But Chirafisi [Rittenhouse's defense attorney] pressed Grosskreutz [the prosecution witness who was shot by Rittenhous] further, asking: “When you were standing 3 to 5 feet from him with your arms up in the air, he never fired, right?"
“Correct,” Grosskreutz responded.
“It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him, with your gun, now your hands down pointed at him, that he fired, right?” Chirafisi continued.
“Correct,” Grosskreutz said.
Look at how NPR reported this.
"His hands were raised when he was shot by Rittenhouse," wrote NPR. This is a brazen lie. Based on that Grosskreutz's own sworn testimony, Rittenhouse did not fire until a gun was pointed at him.
Now see how The Daily Beast covered this.
"He was actually trying to surrender to him," claims The Daily Beast. Little problem: you don't point a gun at someone if you're trying to surrender.
CBS News took a different approach: ignore the most important fact of the trial and focus on "feelz." This "lone survivor" was scared. No mention whatsoever of the watershed testimony.
One takeaway Americans should have about this is that the corporate media lies daily to them in order to further its own agenda.