In order to gin up hysteria against Trump supporters and conservatives more generally, the media has been relentlessly pushing the narrative that Trump incited an “insurrection” at Capitol Hill on January 6th.
A significant plank of that narrative has been the circumstances surrounding the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.
However, as more and more of that overall narrative has been contradicted and worn down by reality, the media has begun stealthily retracting and editing some of its stories about what really happened on that day.
Originally, the New York Times published a story on January 8th about Sicknick’s death, claiming that he was struck in the head by rioters wielding a fire extinguisher and that he later died from his injuries.
But the New York Times has now had to retract and edit the story.
Questions Surrounding Sicknick’s Death
Originally, the New York Times story in question made the following shocking claim: “Pro-Trump rioters attacked the citadel of democracy, overpowered Mr. Sicknick, 42, and struck him in the head with a fire extinguisher, according to two law enforcement officials. With a bloody gash in his head, Mr. Sicknick was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support. He died on Thursday evening.”
As it now turns out, almost every part of that original statement is either false or questionable.
First, medical examiners have found no evidence that Sicknick received any head trauma. If he truly had a gash on his head, it would have been trivially easy for medical examiners to detect evidence of head trauma—yet they did not.
Furthermore, the “two law enforcement officials” who were the source of the Times’ original claim appear not to have been witnesses to any of the events they described. Also, no one has been able to produce a video showing Sicknick being struck in the head with a fire extinguisher on January 6.
The Times Walks Things Back
In response to these new revelations, the Times has stealthily edited its story. Rather than the quote above, the story now says that, rather than being “overpowered” by rioters, Sicknick was merely “physically engaging” with them.
The Times story has also now been changed to say this: “Law enforcement officials initially said Mr. Sicknick was struck with a fire extinguisher, but weeks later, police sources and investigators were at odds over whether he was hit. Medical experts have said he did not die of blunt force trauma…”
Even more amazingly, the Times now also admits that “It was unclear where Mr. Sicknick’s encounter with the rioters took place.”
As of right now, Sicknick’s true cause of death is unknown. Some believe he may have died of a stroke after the riot. Others speculate that he might have had an adverse allergic reaction to mace or some other substance and died from that.
In any event, as with things like the Russia Collusion Hoax and the lies about the Covington Catholic kids, the media has desperately pounced on any narrative for the sake of making the right look bad.
The media really is the enemy of the people.