The Intercept released a video report touting lies about the violent riots that broke out over the summer of 2020 and targeting the conservative journalists who reported on them.
“By focusing on sensational, graphic images of violence on the margins of protests and entirely ignoring peaceful demonstrators, even members of the Riot Squad who are not as far right as Schaffer have contributed to a political project: the right-wing media’s campaign to portray racial justice protests as anarchic and dangerous,” Intercept claimed.
In the media outlet’s video, a narrator details how conservative reporters made up an informal “Riot Squad” that followed the violence, destruction, vandalism, and arson that occurred in cities all over the U.S. last year. While the riots, 95 percent of which are linked to Black Lives Matter activism, caused more than $2 billion in damages from May 26 to June 8, corporate media organizations, including The Intercept, hold fast to the idea that these “protests” were “mostly peaceful.”
“…the broader picture is that Black Lives Matter protests have been overwhelmingly peaceful,” the Intercept claimed without evidence.
On January 5th, a slew of vocal conservatives including myself, spoke to a sea of Patriots in Washington DC. We were optimistic that our massive presence there would lead to a national audit of the 2020 election, and that answers about all the election irregularities would lead to uncovering the complex and epic fraud to the rest of the masses. By the time I had arrived to the Capitol on January 6th, (in case you didn’t know, the Capitol was breached way before anyone listening to Trump speak could have possibly walked there in time) dozens of people were telling me that the police were just letting people in, if I wanted inside. I sensed a trap and knew the Left would like nothing more than to crucify me for something like that, and luckily I never did step foot inside. Everyone’s cell phone and data service was cut off for over a 1-2 mile radius, and there was no way to communicate with each other other than in person. By the end of it all, I ended up getting tear gassed for no discernible reason, while I stood on the grounds peacefully chanting and singing songs next to veterans, older people, people with dogs, and other regular non-threatening folks. Thanks, Capitol police.
One of the reasons that conspiracy theories and internet sleuthing are on the rise is because there’s a critical breakdown in trust between the public and the government.
That breakdown can be organic and it can also be manufactured. Either way, it breeds distrust, suspicion, and drives a frenetic need in the public to uncover the “truth.”
We saw that happen in 2016 with the left’s obsession over all things “Russia.” Those conspiracy theories ran amok for four-plus years, and were fueled by political leaders and the mainstream media which convinced a large swath of the public that Vladimir Putin was secretly running the White House.
The left sincerely thought they were completely justified in what they believed — they felt distrust, disenfranchised, and out of control.
In the end their conspiracy was proven false, but to this day, many on the left are still wearing their tinfoil hats and pushing the Russia nonsense.
In all fairness, the right also engages in conspiracy theories as well — again, it’s human nature to distrust the “powers that be.”
And one incident that has sparked a lot of different theories and internet sleuthing is the melee that unfolded at the Capitol on January 6th.
That event has been marred by fake news, politicization, and has also been used by politicians as a weapon of mass control and destruction- and no, that’s not a “conspiracy theory,” it’s fact.
Early reports from “trusted” mainstream news sources claimed that Trump supporters beat a cop to death with a fire extinguisher.
That never happened, but if you spend any time on social media, you will see many people still pushing that lie. The same goes for calling it an “armed insurrection.” Trump supporters were not armed. The only people who had guns were Capitol Police. And to this date not a single person has been charged with the crime of insurrection.
However, those lies were the green light for Joe Biden to turn DC into a real-life version of the Hunger Games and unleash the power of his DOJ on “political dissenters.”
When in realty, the biggest tragedy that unfolded on January 6th was the shooting death of unarmed Trump Supporter Ashli Babbitt.
Many of the conspiracy theories surrounding January 6th revolve around her death — mainly because the government will not reveal the name of the man who shot her. By law, they don’t have to tell us who he is. Basically, “what happens on Capitol Hill, stays on Capitol Hill.”
They also decided not to charge him with her death, even though the Medical Examiner listed her cause of death as “homicide.”
A woman who sat as an alternate juror on the Derek Chauvin trial told a local news station that she was concerned about “rioting and destruction” as well as people turning up at her house if they were angry at the verdict.
Lisa Christensen also revealed to KARE 11 how the riots that preceded the verdict were close to her house and that she routinely witnessed them after the trial had concluded for the day.
“When I came home, I could hear the helicopters flying over my house… I could hear the flash bangs going off,” Christensen said. “If I stepped outside, I could see the smoke from the grenades. One day, the trial ran a little late, and I had trouble getting to my house, because the protesters were blocking the interstate, so I had to go way around.”
Christensen said she had no idea she would be dismissed by the judge and not be a part of deliberations, something that happened “right before the 12 jurors were sequestered.”
It was crucial for liberal sectors of the media to invent and disseminate a harrowing lie about how Officer Brian Sicknick died. That is because he is the only one they could claim was killed by pro-Trump protesters at the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
So The New York Times on January 8 published an emotionally gut-wrenching but complete fiction that never had any evidence — that Officer Sicknick’s skull was savagely bashed in with a fire extinguisher by a pro-Trump mob until he died — and, just like the now-discredited Russian bounty story also unveiled by that same paper, cable outlets and other media platforms repeated this lie over and over in the most emotionally manipulative way possible.
As the National Guard takes up positions across Minneapolis ahead of the Derek Chauvin verdict, Facebook has announced that it will be heavily moderating its platform to remove posts promoting civil unrest or violence in Minneapolis, according to Bloomberg.
The social media giant will remove posts that celebrate or praise the death of George Floyd – however there’s no indication from the report that Facebook will be removing posts used to coordinate protests – some of which will undoubtedly become riots. The company considers Derek Chauvin a public figure, and George Floyd an ‘involuntary public figure.’
Facebook will allow users to discuss the trial and attorneys, but will remove content which violates their policies on ‘hate speech, bullying, graphic violence and incitement.’ No word on whether they’ll remove clips of Rep. Maxine Waters inciting a mob before members of the National Guard were injured in a weekend shooting.