Famed Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz sounded off on the mainstream media over its coverage of Kyle Rittenhouse, concentrating in particular on the “intellectual thugs” at one network in particular.
In an interview with Newsmax TV, Dershowitz not only railed at the media’s mischaracterizations of Rittenhouse but also indicated that they could be held liable for defaming him.
It was “racism, pure and simple” for members of the liberal media to mock Kyle Rittenhouse for crying on the stand when testifying about the events that led to the shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Saturday.
The famed lawyer also offered on Newsmax’s “Saturday Report” to put the 18-year-old in touch with legal representation if he wants to bring legal action against CNN for its reporting on the case.
“You can watch yourself crying on TV and then you see those jerks attacking him, saying it was staged,” Dershowitz said.
“Imagine if it was a Black man who was a member of Black Lives Matter who had killed in self-defense and who cried on the witness stand. None of those people would have marked him,” he continued.
“It is racism, pure and simple. There’s no way of getting around it.”
He then referenced Martin Luther King’s call for people to be judged by their character and not their skin color.
“That’s not what CNN does,” he said. “That’s not what many of the others in the media do. Everything is racial politics, except when it’s not racial politics,” he said, going on to reference a case in Georgia involving three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a black man, noting the defense lawyer has attempted to remove notable black figures including Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson, from the courtroom.
“It’s not racial politics, except when the lawyers in Georgia point out the fact that the minister who is coming to the courtroom is black,” Dershowitz said.
“Oh, my God, that’s racism. You can’t mention a person’s race, but you must mention a person’s race when it helps the narrative. It’s so hypocritical. It is bizarre,” he continued.
Then Dershowitz, who has filed his own $300 million defamation suit against CNN, offered to share his research with Rittenhouse’s legal team if he decides to go after the network
“I support any lawsuit that he tries to bring against the intellectual thugs at CNN who persists in lying, persistent lying about the case,” Dershowitz said.
“If you listen to CNN, this is a young man who came across state lines carrying an illegal gun and caused the confrontation and never had anything in his life endangered,” he added.
“All of those are lies, and they keep repeating them over and over and over again, even after the verdict. You just cannot believe anything you see on CNN or on CNBC or MSNBC. It’s just a scandal.”