By Robert Knight – The Washington Times
We are awash in so many media lies that I thought it might be useful to list a few for easy reference, in no particular order.
No. 1. The Capitol Hill riot on January 6 was an “armed insurrection” in which five people were killed, including a Capitol Hill officer hit by a fire extinguisher in the head.
Reality: The rioters had no firearms or even knives. Two of the five died from a stroke and heart attack. The officer, Brian Sicknick, was not hit by a fire extinguisher, did not die from “blunt trauma,” and his death the next day was from “unknown causes,” as the New York Times eventually admitted.
Of the two young women Trump supporters who died in the riot, one was shot by an unnamed police officer (the media are, to say the least, incurious) and the other may have had a medical emergency and was trampled. The deaths, plus injuries to many officers, are tragic. But the media narrative is false: “Five killed in armed insurrection.”
No. 2. Mr. Trump “incited” the riot. Despite the House impeachment managers falsifying evidence by doctoring his remarks in an inflammatory video, none of what Mr. Trump said could be construed as “incitement.” Evidence indicates that instigators planned the riot long before the Trump rally.
No. 3: President Trump referred to Nazis and white supremacists as “very fine people.” Joe Biden made this a centerpiece of his campaign. It is patently false. After the Charlottesville riot, Mr. Trump on August 15, 2017, said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America.”
The “very fine people on both sides” comment referred to the debate over taking down statues. To make sure he wouldn’t be misunderstood, Mr. Trump added, “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.”
For more than three years, all major media routinely misreported that Mr. Trump had called the Nazis and white supremacists “very fine people.” They still do. Because the smear works.
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