EXCLUSIVE: PHOENIX, Arizona – The media could face dire consequences for the way they covered Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial, the 18-year-old said on Monday.
“There’s going to be some media accountability going forward,” Rittenhouse told Fox News in an interview.
Fox News had asked him if he thought a trend was developing in which the media was starting to face the consequences of their coverage of people like him and Nick Sandmann. Sandmann recently struck a deal with a major network for his coverage of his viral showdown with protester Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial in 2019.
“Good for him,” Rittenhouse said when asked about the settlement.
Rittenhouse’s comments came right after he received cheers and applause at the AmericaFest conference in Phoenix, Arizona. He hasn’t announced any lawsuits against heavyweights like CNN, which also struck a deal with Sandmann.
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Rittenhouse’s case has become a hotspot in the debate over racial tensions, policing and how the media covers these issues.
Last month, a jury found Rittenhouse not guilty of all counts, although some charged him with murder or engaging in some form of terrorism. Rittenhouse claimed he was engaged in an act of self-defense when he shot and killed several people during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer.
Fox News asked Rittenhouse what he would say to people who feel the need to defend themselves or seek to protect their community from riots.
He said he would do things differently if there was another riot or protest like the one last summer.
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“[With] what I went through and what I had to endure – facing life in prison – I wouldn’t say it was worth it, “he said, adding:” the hindsight being 20 / 20.
Rittenhouse has previously said going to Kenosha was “not the best idea.”
But he noted, “Sure, defend yourself.”
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Rittenhouse also defended himself amid backlash at Arizona State University (ASU), where students asked the administration to “remove” him from school.
“I deserve an education like everyone else, and look forward to attending this spring,” he said.