Kenosha Homicide Trial Riddled With Disinformation, Weaponized...
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Kyle Rittenhouse faces several felony charges for shooting three people in August 2020, killing two of them.
AdvertisementsThe trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who killed two people and wounded a third during a shooting spree in Kenosha, Wisconsin during protests against police brutality in August 2020, has made daily headlines nationally and internationally — and many of those are being driven by disinformation campaigns pushed by the far right in what appears to be an ongoing attempt to (among other things) muddy public perception of the trial.

One such story — pushed by fanfiction writer turned disinformation purveyor and activist Jack Posobiec — held that he had been personally told by a United States Marshal that jurors were holding up the case because they are afraid they will receive some sort of backlash:

They're "worried about media leaking their names, what will happen to their families, jobs, etc." he added in subsequent tweets, "including doxxing [sic] threats from 'anarchist groups.'" Numerous people pointed out that jury deliberations are secret and jurors are prohibited from discussing the case with anyone outside the jury pool. Also the case is in state court, not federal, so it's not clear how a U.S. Marshal would be privy to such information.

Posobiec, an established propagandist who is perhaps best known for his public embrace of thoroughly debunked conspiracy theories such as Pizzagate and QAnon, did not explain how or why this purported U.S. Marshal would be feeding him such potentially explosive information.

This sparked calls by conservative activists for a…
Brooke Binkowski
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