Pete Riehm
Democrat lawlessness and media lies exposed
By Pete Riehm
November 28, 2021

Most Americans don’t trust the media and politicians, but why does anyone believe them about anything anymore? The Democrat Media Complex pushed the Russia Hoax that President Trump colluded with Russia for years and they howled racism and xenophobia at the mere suggestion that COVID19 might have come from the Wuhan Lab in China. Even though the Russia Hoax has been thoroughly debunked and the Wuhan lab leak is now the most plausible theory for the COVID19 pandemic, none of the Democrats or media have recanted their reckless reporting. It seems the shameless media and Democrats can spew whatever hateful lies and some people still listen, but skyrocketing crime and blatant lies about the Kyle Rittenhouse case may have even blue state Americans reconsidering the malicious misinformation propagated for solely partisan purposes.

While the media bemoans the “not guilty” verdict of Kyle Rittenhouse, the media is actually to blame for the entire sad episode; their absolute lies precipitated and prolonged this tragedy. The burning, rioting, and looting of Kenosha was triggered by the misreporting of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. BLM needs little reason for violence, but the media portrayed the apprehension of Jacob Blake as just some white cops shooting an ordinary black man trying to leave.

They discounted and even neglected to report the police were responding to a 911 domestic violence call or that Blake was again assaulting and threatening his previous sexual assault victim. They failed to mention that he was stealing, resisting arrest, brawling with officers, tasing him didn’t work, he was reaching for a knife, or trying to enter a vehicle with a child in it. The facts of the incident are quite different than the media narrative, so the media pretty much fomented the Kenosha riots with their vile misreporting – it was actually disinformation.

So Kenosha burst into flames with widespread vandalism and violence. The Democrats running Kenosha held the police back and utterly failed to protect the people or property; they just watched it burn. The Democrat Wisconsin Governor called up the National Guard for the Rittenhouse verdict, but last year when Kenosha was succumbing to carnage, he declined and the National Guard was missing in action.

While the elected leaders in Wisconsin were hiding and shirking their duty, the good people of Kenosha had no choice but to defend themselves or be victims. Among the volunteers to defend their community from wanton destruction was a 17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse. On the second night of the riots, Rittenhouse became entangled with rioters and shot three men killing two. A tragic turn of events, but in the aftermath the despicable lies by the media only inflamed the situation and completely defamed Rittenhouse. They purposefully misled the public to further their radical leftist woke agenda.

The media totally abandoned any pretense of fairness or any pursuit of facts. According to the corrupt media, Rittenhouse was a MAGA loving militia member crossing state lines to kill people of color. Then and even still now some media outlets reported that Rittenhouse killed three black men when they were clearly radical white rioters with extensive criminal records. Many including Democrat presidential candidate, Joe Biden, smeared Rittenhouse as a “White Supremacist” with absolutely no grounds for such an outrageous allegation, but the media ran with it because they hate average Americans with traditional values and the only way they can impugn them is to falsely accuse them of racism.

As the trial unfolded, the facts became clear that Rittenhouse was just a conscientious citizen trying to protect his community. He may have lived with his Mom in Illinois, but his Dad lived in Kenosha and he worked in Kenosha – he considered Kenosha his home. He was there cleaning graffiti, providing his EMT skills to defenders and rioters alike, and trying to defend private property. He is an honorable young man working to help his family, volunteering with police and fire fighters, and just basically civically minded – he believes in the ideals of American liberty and self-reliance.

It also became obvious that his trial was not about him; based on the evidence he should have never been charged. It was the right to self-defense” that was on trial. Thankfully copious video evidenced demonstrated beyond any doubt that Rittenhouse was repeatedly attacked and threatened. In fact, he was trying to evade the confrontation, but his attackers relentlessly pursued him.

Despite gross prosecutorial misconduct by an incompetent rogue prosecutor, justice prevailed and Rittenhouse was acquitted on all counts. However, justice and facts did not satisfy the woke media beast and their Democrat henchmen. This case had nothing to do with racism, but the Democrat Media Complex still insists this just verdict is just another indictment of our judicial system as hopelessly and institutionally racist. They must cling to their lies because that’s all they have left to try and divide Americans and hopefully garner votes for their corrupt Democrat demagogues.

The problem for Democrats and the media is the obvious innocence of Rittenhouse has laid bare their absurd fantastical lies. Obfuscating climate change, the pandemic, or politics works because it’s easily convoluted and tedious to follow, but the simple stark facts of the Rittenhouse case cannot be spun. More and more Americans are waking up to the utter duplicity of the Democrat Media Complex. Pray that the overwhelming majority of Americans will finally tune out these media charlatans and we will be rid of this cancer on our republic.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

Pete Riehm is the host of Common Sense Radio heard 8 pm every Thursday on FMTalk106.5 or streaming at Email him at or on MEWE @PeteRiehm or read all his columns at

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Pete Riehm

Born to German immigrants, Pete Riehm grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas... (more)


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