A northern Illinois teen, who was acquitted of homicide, will devote himself to fighting libel and misinformation in mainstream media.
Kyle Rittenhouse will establish The Media Accountability Project (TMAP) to hold news outlets accountable for spreading lies and defamatory statements.
“We are going to be holding them accountable,” he said in a video shared on Media Research Center TV.
“Me and my team have decided to launch TMAP as a tool to help fundraise and hold the media accountable for the lies they said and deal with them in court,” he added.
The 19-year-old recalled his grueling trial in Kenosha County Court for first-degree intentional homicide and five other charges linked to the 2020 Kenosha shooting. He was found not guilty for all charges on Nov. 19, 2021.
Rittenhouse was disappointed to see media outlets, politicians, and celebrities declare him guilty without waiting for the official judicial process to end.
“I want to hold them accountable for what they did to me because I do not want to see anybody have to go through what I went through,” he said.
“[Whoopi Goldberg] called me a murderer after I was acquitted by a jury of my peers … [and] do not forget about Sank from the Young Turks, he called me a murderer before the verdict and continues to call me a murderer,” he added.
He believes TMAP will be the first group of its kind in the United States.
“I am not sure, to be honest [why nobody founded such a group sooner],” he said.