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CBS Posts False Claim on Twitter That Kyle Rittenhouse Admitted to Murder, Then Deletes Tweet


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CBS better have their lawyers ready.

In a Tweet posted and then deleted today on November 11th, CBS claimed that Kyle Rittenhouse admitted at his trial to murdering two people.

The tweet read:

“Kyle Rittenhouse testified in his own 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.”

CBS quickly deleted the tweet, but the damage has already been done.

Now the organization may face backlash not seen since two years ago when several fake news outlets were sued for their botched coverage of the confrontation between Nick Sandmann and a Native American man.

Our friends at Breitbart have the full story:

CBS News deleted a November 11, 2021, tweet declaring Kyle Rittenhouse a murderer, even though Rittenhouse’s trial is ongoing and the verdict on his August 25, 2020, actions has not been reached.

The deleted tweet reported on Rittenhouse’s November 10, 2021, testimony, in which he broke down in tears while talking.

The tweet said, “Kyle Rittenhouse testified in his own 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.”

CBS is now facing severe backlash for their false claim.

More on that backlash from Fox News:

Rittenhouse and his attorneys said during testimony that he was acting in self-defense.

But critics accused CBS of delivering its own verdict by tweeting Rittenhouse "told the jury he murdered two men." The outlet later updated the tweet to read, "Kyle Rittenhouse testified in his murder trial yesterday, breaking down in tears as he told the jury he killed two men at a Black Lives Matter protest last year in self-defense."

Twitter users told CBS that their initial analysis wasn't just misleading, but it was potentially libelous as well.

This foul up by CBS is being compared to last year when several mainstream news organizations were forced to pay a large settlement to Nick Sandmann, a then-Covington Catholic High School Senior, for their botched coverage of a confrontation between Sandmann and a Native American man.



 

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