The “Deadly Insurrection”
Many oddities occurred on 6 January. For example, Jacob Chansley, the so-called “QAnon Shaman” — the absurdly dressed man who became the face of January 6 and who was sentenced to more than three years in prison for his part in the riot — was, in fact, escorted around the Capitol by police officers as if they were giving him a tour, reveals Freddy Gray in Spectator.
The footage also appears to show Officer Brian Sicknick, who reporters and politicians repeatedly claimed was beaten to death with a fire-extinguisher, walking around healthily after he was involved in an altercation with protesters. Sicknick, it turns out, died on January 7 from a stroke, though his family yesterday criticized Carlson for “ripping wounds wide open.”
Security forces at the Capitol were presided over by then-Democratic House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Freddy Gray wonders, how on 6 January did the Capitol’s security forces “fail quite so spectacularly”?
All sorts of intelligence analysts had warned that January 6, the day the 2020 election result was confirmed in the Senate, was likely to be an occasion of angry protests. Yet the Capitol police were unprepared and some of their behavior was perplexing. Asking questions about their failure isn’t dangerous. It’s good journalism.
There’ll be plenty more in the coming days, and plenty more backlash against Carlson and Fox. But the upshot so far has been to confirm what most observers already suspected: the Congressional Select Committee on the January 6 attack was a sham. The Committee, which was nominally bipartisan, was really just a group of politicians on a mission to condemn Trump and brand his supporters as “domestic terrorists.”
The people now accusing of Carlson of “selectively editing” the security footage for political purposes are themselves clearly guilty of the same crime. They had access to all the same footage and showed nothing that went against the “deadly insurrection” narrative they wanted to push. The videos they did release were little more than stylized propaganda. That was and is truly shameful.
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