Utah reporter slammed for publicly outing paramedic who donated $10 to Kyle Rittenhouse's legal defense

by Joel Abbott · Apr 19th, 2021 4:21 pm
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Last Updated Apr 20th, 2021 at 9:45 pm

A Utah reporter for ABC4 in Salt Lake is being criticized for a news segment that used a data breach to confront a local paramedic that donated $10 to the defense of Kyle Rittenhouse.

Reporter Jason Nguyen used the breached data, which was obtained through a hack of the Christian fundraising platform GiveSendGo, to confront the paramedic at his home.

Kyle Rittenhouse is a teenager being charged for killing two individuals who attacked him during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year. Rittenhouse's lawyer released a video of the entire incident, which Rittenhouse himself has claimed was self-defense.

Nguyen confronted the paramedic over the $10 donation, but said those inside the man's home "didn't want to talk." He also contacted the fire department that employs the man, which is now "conducting an investigation into this matter."

The reporter received pushback for the segment, some of which came from public figures such as Donald Trump Jr. and cartoonist Scott Adams, in addition to commentators and staff from outlets like the New York Post.

GiveSendGo's cofounder Jacob Wells said the site has "never taken sides" in politics, but acknowledged that conservatives were using the service after platforms like GoFundMe had pulled campaigns for Rittenhouse and other right-leaning causes.

"The Left doesn't like that the Right side of the aisle now has a place to go to fundraise where before they were shut out," he said.


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