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‘Keeper of receipts’ Drew Holden shares a shortlist of libel suit targets for both Rittenhouse AND Trump

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With Kyle Rittenhouse having been acquitted, the question now on his supporters’ minds is who should he sue for defamation?

The list is exceptionally long and includes everybody from President Joe Biden to virtually every mainstream establishment media outlet in America.

Moreover, he’s not necessarily the only one who should consider filing suit. Former President Donald Trump may have a case as well against the myriad of outlets that attacked him for refusing to condemn the then-17-year-old teen in 2020.

Case in point courtesy “Keeper of Receipts” Drew Holden:

But it wasn’t just MSNBC and its top smear artist, Joy Reid, who’d attacked both Rittenhouse and the former president.

The Associated Press, which purports to be “committed to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism” fact-checked the former president for suggesting that Rittenhouse had acted in self-defense.

The so-called “fact-check” complained specifically about Trump having spoken “in defense of someone who opposed racial-justice protesters, who authorities say was illegally carrying a semi-automatic rifle and who prosecutors accuse of committing intentional homicide.”

The so-called “racial-justice protesters” were violent rioters with criminal records. This was known at the time the “fact-check” was published. Rittenhouse was not “illegally carrying a semi-automatic rifle,” and on Friday the young man was acquitted of murder charges. Both of these are recent developments.

As of Nov. 21st, the “fact-check” remained up with no updates or corrections.

Meanwhile, PolitiFact “fact-checked” the former president for correctly arguing that Rittenhouse had been “trying to get away from” the three violent extremists he’d shot, two fatally.

“Witnesses say those who were chasing Rittenhouse were trying to stop him,” the dubious “fact-checker” claimed.

The facts laid out during the young man’s trial disproved this false narrative.

One of the most blatantly defamatory acts by the media may have been committed by CBS News.

When a fatal shooting occurs, it’s an ethical must for the act to be described as “alleged,” because the shooter is always presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Yet in a tweet posted earlier this very month, CBS News wrote, “Kyle Rittenhouse testified in his murder trial yesterday, breaking down in tears as he told the jury he murdered two men at a Black Lives Matter protest last year in self-defense.”

The young man has since been acquitted of murder, and it’s been clear since the day of the shooting in August of 2020 that the so-called “protests” had been full-fledged riots.

Holden’s lengthy thread contains numerous additional examples from CNN, The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, New York magazine, The Daily Beast and many, many congressional Democrats, including the president of the United States.

Look:

Holden concludes his thread by defending Rittenhouse’s decision to protect his community from violent, rioting extremists, and by warning the public that what happened to the young man will happen again, and again, and again.

“My two cents is that the world would be better if more men with guns showed up to town when the criminal anarchists descended and the police were told to stand down. But even if you think differently, it is impossible to square this coverage with what actually happened,” he writes.

“All of this misinformation will only serve as an accelerant for America’s contentious conversations around race at a time when race relations are cratering. And these brazen lies were told when a young man’s life quite literally was hanging in the balance.”

Which is why Rittenhouse broke down in tears while testifying and then broke down in tears again when he was acquitted, though some in the media again smeared him by accusing him of shedding “crocodile tears.”

“My takeaway from this: I hope that Rittenhouse has a good attorney experienced in libel cases for the work ahead. And I hope that everyday people remember the power the media & politicians have to destroy the life of an innocent man,” Holden continues.

“For what it’s worth, my understanding is that it’s really difficult to win a libel claim against the press or a public figure, even with something this egregious. Whatever else you make of that fact, it certainly means that situations like this will continue to happen.”

Indeed, it’s been happening since at least 1996, when the establishment press ruthlessly smeared Richard Jewell, a security guard whose only “crime” was being the one to find a backpack containing three pipe bombs and then helping others evacuate before the bomb exploded.

View Holden’s full thread here.

Vivek Saxena

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