Friday’s New York Occasions report by Luke Broadwater coated the persevering with drama of the Republican Get together’s therapy of Sen. Liz Cheney in “Cheney Joins the Jan. 6 Investigation Committee, to G.O.P.’s ‘Shock.’”
Broadwater has twice condemned “far-right” Republicans in Congress for disingenuously claiming that the mob motion on Capitol Hill on January 6 was “principally peaceable.” Such a protection is certainly doubtful — so why did the Occasions push the identical protection, or use much more ludicrous verbiage, to defend the summer time’s riots over the loss of life of George Floyd?
The panel’s creation comes as some far-right Home Republicans have stepped up their efforts to disclaim or distort the riot, together with by spreading misinformation about it. They’ve sought to painting it as a principally peaceable occasion and voted in opposition to honoring cops who responded.
Broadwater made the identical argument final week while publicizing Capitol Hill police officer Michael Fanone’s makes an attempt to go to with high Home Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy.
Officer Fanone’s effort comes as some far-right Home Republicans have unfold misinformation in regards to the riot, sought to painting it as a principally peaceable occasion and voted in opposition to honoring cops who responded.
Jeremy Peters made the identical argument a day afterward in a story about a Trump rally in Ohio:
Tony Buscemi, 61, a small-business proprietor from West Bloomfield, Mich., who stood together with his daughter, Natalie, within the sun-baked discipline the place Mr. Trump spoke, mentioned he had been on the Capitol on Jan. 6, and he claimed falsely that it had been a “principally peaceable” gathering.
Occasions reporters have lengthy “claimed falsely” that the protests after George Floyd’s loss of life in Minneapolis had been “principally peaceable,” despite the fact that riots and looting in a number of giant cities resulted in as a lot as $2 billion in paid insurance claims.
Generally the paper’s indignance about conservative complaints of the summer time riots rose additional, with reporters pathetically insisting the rallies weren’t simply “mostly peaceful,” however “overwhelmingly peaceable,” as if it’s admirable and newsworthy that some left-wing rallies handle to happen with out property destruction or looting.
The paper hyped the dreadful riot as “the deadliest assault on Congress in centuries.” This makes it sound like somebody working in Congress was shot, like the 5 members of Congress shot and wounded within the 1954 attack by Puerto Rican radicals. It actually forgets the softball-field capturing of Republicans in 2017. It exploits the deaths of three pro-Trump protesters who died of coronary heart assaults or different illnesses that day.
As for “spreading misinformation” in regards to the riot, it was The New York Occasions that wrongly reported on January 8 that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick was killed after being struck within the head with a fireplace extinguisher by violent Trump supporters. He died of a stroke. However the incorrect Occasions report was “typical knowledge” for months.