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Kyle Rittenhouse said he's looking at filing lawsuits against Whoopi Goldberg and the Young Turks' Cenk Uygur, along with politicians, news organizations, athletes, and other celebrities "for the lies they said" about him after he fatally shot two men and seriously wounded a third — all in self-defense — during the 2020 Kenosha riots.
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Rittenhouse made his declaration during Tucker Carlson's Fox News program Monday night.
"Me and my team have decided to launch the Media Accountability Project as a tool to help fundraise and hold the media accountable for the lies they said and deal with them in court," he told the host.
Carlson noted that Rittenhouse's plan echoes legal action taken against news organizations that defamed Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic student who stood face to face with a Native American man on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 2019. Rittenhouse confirmed to Carlson that he would be suing such news outlets.
The host added that media members have become more than merely observers and are now "players" and "participants" in the news, adding that in Rittenhouse's case, the media's role "wasn't coverage; it was advocacy."
"You have a lot of potential targets to sue yourself," he told Rittenhouse. "Will you be suing any of these news organizations? And if so, when?"
Rittenhouse replied, "Right now we’re looking at quite a few. Politicians, celebrities, athletes. Whoopi Goldberg’s on the list. She called me a murderer after I was acquitted by a jury of my peers. She went on to still say that."
Indeed, following Rittenhouse's verdict of not guilty at his murder trial in November, Goldberg said on "The View" that "two people were murdered. To me it's murder. I'm sorry."
"And there’s others," Rittenhouse continued to Carlson. "Don’t forget about Cenk [Uygur] from the Young Turks. He called me a murderer before [the] verdict and continues to call me a murderer.”
Fox News said neither ABC News — presumably in regard to Goldberg — nor the Young Turks immediately responded to its requests for comment.
Carlson also asked, "What about the people who called you groundlessly a white supremacist?" The host added that it "makes it pretty hard to get a job for the rest of your life if you are a white supremacist. Will you be responding to them?"
"Absolutely," Rittenhouse answered.
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Not surprisingly, many on the left latched on to "white supremacy" as a motivating factor for Rittenhouse — except for the fact that other white men attacked him and were shot by him.
Still, James Madison University on its official Instagram account in November shared a video featuring a student accusing Rittenhouse of "murdering ... two beautiful black lives."
The Media Accountability Project website uses a quote from militant civil rights leader Malcolm X: "The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power." BET also attributes the quote to Malcolm X and notes an additional sentence as part of it: "Because they control the minds of the masses.”
Rittenhouse in December hinted at lawsuits against media organizations and used similar language, saying that "accountability" was coming to them.
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Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News.