Hollywood Reporter Repeats Lies About Jan. 6 Protest
Far-left site stokes misinformation, part of a disturbing trend across news outlets
You’d be hard-pressed to find a reasonable soul cheering the Jan. 6 protests that invaded the U.S. Capitol.
Progressives have been railing against the so-called “insurrection” for months, and their fervor shows no sign of abating. The political implications are obvious, even if the mainstream media pretends that’s not a factor.
“On the Fourth of July and every Fourth of July going forward, we’re going to watch that video the New York Times put together of January 6,” the former senator said Friday. https://t.co/zoCPkdv4NJ
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) July 2, 2021
Conservatives are equally aghast at what took place, including the fact that at least 100 police officers were injured in the melee. They’re also flummoxed by the misinformation peddled about the protests.
The biggest lie? It was a deadly insurrection that left several people dead that day.
Only one person died on Jan. 6 due to the violent protest – Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed by a still-unnamed police officer after she was repeatedly warned not to enter the Speaker’s lobby. Few police critics have demanded more information about the officer in question or why deadly force was necessary.
That’s part of the larger problem.
The media spent weeks erroneously reporting that police officer Brian Sicknick died following a physical assault from protesters. They bludgeoned Sicknick with a fire extinguisher, the New York Times reported at the time.
The truth? He passed away the next day after suffering two strokes. The medical examiner said the protest melee likely played a role in his condition, to be transparent. That’s not the story that ricocheted across the media landscape, though.
The unverified fire extinguisher narrative published by the Times spread far and wide through outlets such as the BBC, USA Today, the Associated Press, and other news organizations, some of which still have not issued a correction notice or apology for the false reporting.
Two police officers committed suicide in the weeks following the protest and several protesters passed as well from unrelated issues.
Reality is fuzzier than the narrative peddled by dishonest news outlets … like the far-left Hollywood Reporter. The entertainment site shared news of an upcoming film project with obvious ties to the Jan. 6 protests.
“American political insurrection” is a hot-loaded term and automatically calls up the events of Jan. 6, when a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol. More than 100 people were injured and several died, including members of the Capitol police force.
That version of events is dishonest, no doubt. It’s also inconvenient that a so-called resurrection had so few firearms that NPR went to great lengths to tell us “blunt” objects can kill just like a loaded pistol. Outlets like NPR rarely bring that kind of coverage to the endless violence perpetrated by Antifa over the last year.
Said protests routinely attack police officers and attempt to burn federal buildings, for context.
The Trump era coaxed sites like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter to increase their political reportage. It’s likely a clickbait decision, as well as a way to flex their far-left thinking beyond La La Land.
The shift also allows THR and like-minded platforms to share fake or disingenuous news as their narratives demand.