While many gun owners are frantically waiting for a pro-Second Amendment organization to step up and defend seventeen-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who was arrested and charged with murder on August 26, 2020 for shooting and killing two people, the National Association for Gun Rights has stepped up to legally defend the young man.
Dudley Brown, the President of the National Association for Gun Rights, revealed on Facebook his organization’s move to come to the young man’s defense.
He posted, “If you are concerned that young Kyle Rittenhouse is going to get shafted for using a firearm in self defense……NAGR”s legal foundation, the National Foundation for Gun Rights, is working with a law firm to represent Rittenhouse. Standby for BIG news on that front.”
BLP reached out to Brown for comment. He stated the following:
By all accounts, Kyle Rittenhouse showed up to the Wisconsin riots to help police keep the peace. Every attorney I have talked with says Rittenhouse practiced legal self defense, which is why our Foundation — the National Foundation for Gun Rights — is stepping in to aid in his defense.
According to a report from Insider.com, Rittenhouse is from Antioch, Illinois and was allegedly carrying an AR-15 with him on August 25 during the riots in Kenosha.
He reportedly “crossed state lines to stand guard outside businesses during unrest stemming from the… [August 23, 2020] police shooting of Jacob Blake.”
Rittenhouse shot three people that night, with two of them dying due to their gunshot wounds. The young man was present attempting to defend people’s property from looters and leftist agitators.
Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years
A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.
Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.
This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.
Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.
MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.
This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:
- The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
- Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
- Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
- An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
- A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
- Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)
Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.
As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.
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