Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz publicly supported Kyle Rittenhouse in part because of the media’s misrepresentation of his character. Over the weekend, the oft-beleaguered politician faced similar treatment from blog critics.
A article by local Northwest Florida ABC station WEAR-TV explained how Matt Gaetz was publicly supporting Kyle Rittenhouse the day before the jury’s decision to acquit him.
The article described it as “rhetoric” and claimed that a “majority” of Northwest Floridians opposed Gaetz. comment to be willing to hire Rittenhouse as a congressional intern. They added a few quotes from locals both for and against Gaetz – but added a poll by WEAR-TV’s Twitter account at the bottom.
Gaetz posted a screenshot of the article in question, calling it “one of the greatest local news outlets I’ve ever seen.”
“About three-quarters of the votes said they disagreed with Gaetz’s statement,” WEAR-TV preemptively concluded.
The local news station still hasn’t updated the article to accurately reflect the final results: 84.3% said YES supporting Gaetz’s Rittenhouse comment, compared to 15.7% in the NO category. , out of a total of 3831 votes.
None of Matt Gaetz’s Twitter accounts appeared to have engaged in any voting interference during the WEAR-TV poll. His both official and staff the pages did not acknowledge the existence of the poll until Sunday.
The Twitter poll was open for 24 hours (the default option on the platform). The initial timestamp when it was first published says 6:42 p.m. (time zones vary) on November 18, and closer examination reveals a commentator at 5:09 p.m. on November 19 noted “one hour left” quoting WEAR-TV’s tweet.
Internet surveys are not the best approach since anyone internationally can participate in the process. WEAR-TV writer John Rupolo could have avoided this by sticking to the answers on his personal account asking the question.
Also, the timing is what likely impacted the results. Public attention on Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial peaked when a Kenosha jury cleared him of all charges. Last Friday afternoon, everyone was reacting either to the verdict or to the reactions of others.
This wasn’t the only instance of online media going after Rep. Gaetz. the daily item said Gaetz hoped “Kyle Rittenhouse Has Friends Who Are Underage Girls” in a headline last week amid an ongoing investigation into such allegations.
The national pulse explored the background of the author of the article and cast doubt on the sources used after Microsoft’s MSN aggregated it on their site.