LIARS: Politifact Defends Bogus Claim That Rittenhouse Illegally Possessed A Firearm
Following dismissal by Judge Schroder of a gun charge previously levied at Kyle Rittenhouse last week, Politifact has refused to correct a lie they posted stating it was not “perfectly legal” for the teen to be carrying his AR-15 on the night of Aug. 25, 2020, The Post Millenial Reported.
Politifact cited an Aug. 27 post made on Facebook in its “fact-checking” judgment which stated “carrying a rifle across state lines is perfectly legal,” and added that “based on the laws I can find of this area at 17 years old Kyle was perfectly legal to be able to possess that rifle without parental supervision.”
“Is that true? State laws suggest not,” Politifact responded. In an Aug. 28, 2020, Twitter post, they rated the statement as “false” on their “Politifact Truth-O-Meter.”
The website falsely claimed that Wisconsin law states “any person under 18 years of age who possesses or goes armed with a dangerous weapon is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.”
“Whether Rittenhouse violated Wisconsin law by possessing a firearm underage is the subject of ongoing litigation. But the Facebook post claimed that it was ‘perfectly legal’ for the teenager to carry an assault-style rifle in Kenosha,” wrote Politifact.
“At best, that’s unproven. At worst, it’s inaccurate. Either way, we rate the post False,” they concluded.
Politifact later added an editor’s note dated Nov. 16, 2021, shortly after Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed the misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18 after even having the prosecutors admit that it did not apply.
Rather than finally admit to the obvious blunder, the “fact-checker” organization instead decided to double down on the lie.
“In our fact-check, we cite the possibility of an exception for rifles and shotguns. The exception is aimed at letting children ages 16 and 17 hunt. But, as it is also clear, Rittenhouse wasn’t in Kenosha to hunt,” wrote Politifact.
“These subsequent events show the grey areas of local gun laws — hardly a case of something being ‘perfectly legal.’ Our fact-check remains unchanged,” they concluded.
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