Leading up to and during the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, most left-leaning media outlets, Big Tech companies, and a long list of Democrats painted the Illinois teenager as a racist killer without any evidence to back such claims, essentially finding him guilty before he had a chance to prove his innocence.
As the New York Post Editorial Board pointed out in a recent piece, Facebook was perhaps the worse offender, as it removed posts that supported Rittenhouse, and even targeted legal scholars who argued valid self-defense cases for Rittenhouse long before he was acquitted on all charges.
Barely one week had passed after the initial incident in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year before Facebook’s censorship team made the announcement that because they declared the event a “mass murder,” any posts supporting Rittenhouse would be removed.
“We’ve designated the shooting in Kenosha a mass murder and are removing posts in support of the shooter,” Facebook said in a statement at the time, which was just the beginning of the defamation Rittenhouse experienced from all possible angles.
“We don’t allow symbols, praise or support of dangerous individuals or organizations on Facebook. We define dangerous as things like: terrorist activity, organized hate or violence, mass or serial murder, human trafficking, criminal or harmful activity,” the company said in another statement with regard to posts about Rittenhouse.
It was then reported that Facebook was actively manipulating its search results so that users were literally unable to find information about Rittenhouse, according to Dan Gainor, vice president of the Media Research Center.
In other words, Facebook played a lead role in painting Rittenhouse as a guilty, white supremacist murderer long before he was afforded his constitutional right to share his side of the story and remain innocent until proven guilty.
The company’s Democratic allies both in Congress and at major cable news networks like CNN and MSNBC, quickly backed the narrative and manipulated presumably millions of Americans into believing that Rittenhouse was so evil and racist that he didn’t even deserve a fair trial.
It’s shocking to believe that, ultimately, it would take America’s justice system to reverse that public court of opinion verdict and prove once and for all that Rittenhouse was nowhere near claiming the title of “murderer” or a “racist.” Thank God the jury in Kenosha stood their ground and weren’t bullied into a false verdict under the intense pressure they undoubtedly faced.