Right-wing media falsely accuse Joe Biden of calling Kyle Rittenhouse a white supremacist | Media Matters for America

  

Category:  News & Politics

Via:  jbb  •  9 months ago  •  15 comments

By:   Media Matters for America

Right-wing media falsely accuse Joe Biden of calling Kyle Rittenhouse a white supremacist | Media Matters for America

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T



Biden campaign video in 2020 actually quoted Fox News host Chris Wallace, who called out militia groups for violence in Kenosha

Written byEric Kleefeld

Published 11/23/21 12:56 PM EST

During his interview aired Monday night with Kyle Rittenhouse, following the acquittal in the case of killing two demonstrators and wounding another during protests last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Fox News prime-time host Tucker Carlson claimed that President Joe Biden had called Rittenhouse a white supremacist. Carlson also suggested that Rittenhouse should file lawsuits against people, including media commentators, who he claimed had lied about Rittenhouse.

Carlson's fundamental claim about Biden was false, however. The allegation is based on a Biden campaign video from September 2020, which contained a clip from the first presidential debate. In the video, it was debate moderator Chris Wallace, one of Carlson's own network colleagues from Fox's purported "straight news" side who talked about "white supremacists and militia groups" adding to the violence in Kenosha, as he asked then-President Donald Trump if he would condemn them.

The video showed a photo of an armed Rittenhouse, at the moment when Wallace said "in Kenosha," referring specifically to the violence that took place there. Other moments in video, such as quoting Wallace's discussion of "white supremacists," included separate imagery. (In addition, it was widely reported that Rittenhouse's social media accounts indicated that he had identified himself with militia groups.)

Fox News has done a lot to circulate the suggestion that Biden defamed Rittenhouse. On Monday of last week, White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked press secretary Jen Psaki the leading question, "Why did President Biden suggest that Kyle Rittenhouse, on trial in Kenosha, is a white supremacist?" (Psaki responded: "What I can reiterate for you is the President's view that we shouldn't have, broadly speaking, vigilantes patrolling our communities with assault weapons," in addition to having "opportunists corrupting peaceful protests by rioting and burning down the communities they claim to represent anywhere in the country.")

Immediately following the verdict on Friday, Fox News contributor Leo Terrell told anchor John Roberts: "Let me give Joe Biden some advice. Be very careful what you say, because you're subject to a defamation lawsuit." Similar suggestions have since been made by right-wing sites The Epoch Times and The Gateway Pundit.

And that evening, Doocy again cited Biden's tweet from 2020, without acknowledging that Biden had responded to a question from Doocy's senior colleague Wallace.

Fox's website has run an article titled "FLASHBACK: Biden compared Kyle Rittenhouse to White supremacists in 2020." The article contained a serious lie of omission, however, in explaining the Biden campaign video from last year:


"Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups, and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities, as we saw in Kenosha, and as we've seen in Portland?" the video caption asked.

Rittenhouse's picture was displayed in the video, alongside White supremacist groups who marched during the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges against him as jurors finished their deliberations on Friday.

The "video caption" described in the article was in fact subtitles of Wallace asking his question.

During the interview, Carlson added that "a lot of people on television have said that [Rittenhouse is a white supremacist], dozens of people have said that." He also claimed that many people watching the interview "would like to see you, you know, help make this better by holding some of these liars to account."

"I have really good lawyers who are taking care of that right now," Rittenhouse replied.

Video file

Citation From the November 22, 2021, edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight

What this amounts to, really, is an effort to threaten legal consequences any moral condemnation of Rittenhouse's activities in going to Kenosha, on the basis that this single case resulted in a legal verdict of not guilty. The effect of that would be to chill free speech against any right-wing militia groups, which have gained the fervent support of right-wing media.

Furthermore, if Rittenhouse sincerely does believe that it is both false and damaging to his reputation to accuse him of having ties to white supremacy, maybe he shouldn't be associating himself with Tucker Carlson.


Tags

jrDiscussion - desc
[]
 
JBB
Professor Principal
1  seeder  JBB    9 months ago

The gop is continually outraged by Fake Fox News...

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.1  Tessylo  replied to  JBB @1    9 months ago

For all your right wing smears go to NT and just check out certain posters' seeds that aren't getting a lot of traction lately!  Gee, I wonder why?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @1.1    9 months ago
seeds that aren't getting a lot of traction lately!

I don't know about anyone else, but thank you all!

It has been much better for those who want to read important topics without all the nasty commentary.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.1    9 months ago
It has been much better for those who want to read important topics without all the nasty commentary.

nasty = anti white supremacist

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
2  Sparty On    9 months ago

Tucker does tend to get the TDS ridden masses stirred up.  

That's for sure.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
2.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Sparty On @2    9 months ago

It is rather fun to watch them go into "hair on fire" mode.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3  Tessylo    9 months ago

Someone from my fan club made note of my comments here and posted it on their 'article'.  

jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

I've been off the grid since Thanksgiving.  My fan club must have really missed me!

Also one of my fans should use spell check on their 'articles'.  They spelled although wrong.  jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @3    9 months ago
They spelled although wrong.

And who told you?

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
3.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Tessylo @3    9 months ago

I thought posting a comment from one seed to another was not allowed.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.3  Tessylo  replied to  Tessylo @3    9 months ago

They corrected the miss-spelling since I posted this.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3.3.1  Sparty On  replied to  Tessylo @3.3    9 months ago
They corrected the miss-spelling since I posted this.

I'm just spitballing here but if you are going to call out spelling on NT, you should probably take greater care to spell "misspelling" correctly.

 
 
 
Kathleen
Professor Expert
3.3.2  Kathleen  replied to  Sparty On @3.3.1    9 months ago

jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
4  JohnRussell    9 months ago

When Kyle Rittenhouse suddenly needed serious legal representation there is little doubt they were looking for crowd sourcing to pay for it. Him and his mom, like many people, dont have that kind of money. 

He accepted an offer from far right lunatics to represent him, although most likely neither Kyle or his mom were aware of the depth of lunacy of John Pierce and Lin Wood. 

They had him meet with the Proud Boys for a photo op and also visit a Proud Boys location. It isnt known what Rittenhouse thought this was all about, but this fleeting association with a white nationalist group was enough to sully his reputation. 

Whether a 17 year old boy was a confirmed white supremacist at the time of the Kenosha event seems pretty doubtful, but the grounds for such speculation had been laid. 

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
4.1  Sparty On  replied to  JohnRussell @4    9 months ago
Whether a 17 year old boy was a confirmed white supremacist at the time of the Kenosha event seems pretty doubtful, but the grounds for such speculation had been laid. 

Yep, the mass media and left wing militia's like BLM made sure of that.  

And many on the left ate up that BS with a spoon.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
Professor Participates
5  Jasper2529    9 months ago

Headline from the seeded article on Media Matters:

Right-wing media falsely accuse Joe Biden of calling Kyle Rittenhouse a white supremacist

Well, let's see. According to Left-Wing Snopes:

Did Joe Biden Call Kyle Rittenhouse a ‘White Supremacist’?

Mostly True

 
 

Who is online


20 visitors