News outlets seemingly omitted an important development in a Wisconsin shooting trial on Nov. 8.
Hardly any mainstream media reported that Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly opened fire because he was acting in self-defense.
The 17 year-old confirmed he only pointed his rifle at Gaige Grosskreutz because he feared for his life in August 2020.
Rittenhouse attorney Corey Chirafisi revealed Grosskreutz was also armed with a gun during the incident.
Chirafisi (CC): Now, you would agree your firearm is pointed at Mr. Rittenhouse, correct?
Grosskreutz (GG): Yes.
CC: Once your firearm is pointed at Mr. Rittenhouse, that is when he fires his gun. Yes?
CC: Sir, look, I don’t want to–does this look like right now your arm is being shot?
GG: That looks like my bicep being vaporized, yes.
CC: It is being vaporized as you are pointing your gun directly at him, yes?
CC: When you were standing 3 to 5 feet from him with your arms up in the air he never fired, right?
CC: It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him with your weapon–now your hands down–pointed at him that he fired. Right?
“It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him with your gun pointed at him, that he fired, right?”— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) November 8, 2021
Witness who was shot by Rittenhouse:
Despite the statement many left-leaning news websites still focused on Grosskreutz fearing for his life or how he surrendered to Rittenhouse. Video evidence suggests the contrary happened.
The Washington Post’s original headline was: “Gaige Grosskreutz says he feared for his life before Kyle Rittenhouse shot him during Kenosha unrest.” The headline has since been amended to “Gaige Grosskreutz says he feared for his life, pointed gun at Kyle Rittenhouse before getting shot.”
MSNBC shared a Twitter post with the caption, “Man shot and seriously wounded by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year recounts the moments leading up to the near-fatal interaction, telling jurors he thought he was ‘going to die.'”
The New York Times similarly posted “Gaige Grosskreutz, the only person who survived being shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, testified for several hours on Monday. His account underscored the challenge prosecutors face in disproving Rittenhouse’s self-defense claim.”
CNN, CBS, the Chicago Tribune and New York Post used the term “lone survivor” in their headlines. The National Public Radio used similar wording in its headline accoring to the Daily Wire.
Grosskreutz claims he pointed his gun at Rittenhouse without intending to shoot him.
“That was never something I was trying to do,” Grosskreutz said according to the Daily Wire. “At that moment I was trying to preserve my own life. Trying to take the life of another is not something I am … capable of doing. … That is not why I was out there.”