A reporter with an ABC-affiliated station is taking heat on social media for going to the home of a paramedic that donated $10 to the legal defense fund for Kyle Rittenhouse.
How we got here: A GoFundMe breach, which was first reported on Friday by The Guardian, revealed the identity of people who donated to various fundraisers on the website. GoFundMe allows donors on the website to hide their name and surname but keeps the information they provide, such as their email address.
The obtained data included identifying information about donors and showed where they donated. Among the fundraisers that were affected was Rittenhouse’s page.
The report also said that Craig Shepherd, a Utah paramedic, donated to Rittenhouse’s fundraiser, giving the 18-year-old $10 on Aug. 30.
Rittenhouse’s GoFundMe effort raised 586,940 between 27 August last year and 7 January. The fundraiser said the money would help cover his legal expenses as he is facing charges for killing two men during protests in Kenosha. His defense argues that Rittenhouse opened fire in self-defense.
The story: Jason Nguyen, a reporter with the ABC-affiliated KTVX news station out of Salt Lake City, went to Shepherd’s home to ask him about donating to Rittenhouse’s fundraiser. The station reported that the reporter was trying “to get his side of things, but those inside the home didn’t want to talk.”
Nguyen also shared news of his visit on Twitter, alongside a picture of him knocking on Shepherd’s front door.
A Utah paramedic donated to the defense fund of Kyle Rittenhouse. It was first reported in the @guardian this morning.
Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters in Kenosha, WI.
I tried to get the paramedics side of things. See the story tonight at 10p on @abc4utah. pic.twitter.com/sxGUzcrNwb
— Jason Nguyen (@FollowWIN) April 17, 2021
It also highlighted that “Shepherd will not be placed on administrative leave” as the West Valley City Fire Department investigates the donation.
The main issue is that the paramedic used his government account when contributing to Rittenhouse’s legal defense fund. West City Valley officials acknowledged that “such a donation would be representative of personal actions and not those of West Valley City” in their statement.
Critics slammed the reporter for going to the paramedic’s house, given the amount of money he donated to the fundraiser.
This is fucking pathetic. https://t.co/bIG7rFwBzi
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 18, 2021
Consider a new line of work.
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) April 18, 2021
Wait showing up on a private citizens doorstep with cameras based on leaked information about private donations?! How is that appropriate?
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 18, 2021
Journalism is dead. This is the garbage that passes as it today.
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) April 18, 2021
Very brave work you’re doing tracking down private citizens and haranguing them about their spending habits!
What would we do without you, Jason.
— Pete D’Abrosca (@pdabrosca) April 18, 2021
This is pathetic and un-American. Hope you’re satisfied.
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 18, 2021
That’s just straight harassment unsuccessfully masquerading as journalism.
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) April 18, 2021
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