- - Sunday, April 11, 2021

There’s so little we know about what really happened on Jan. 6.

Last week, we learned only one person was killed that day, Ashli Babbitt, from a brief report issued by the D.C. medical examiner. Two men suffered heart attacks and one woman died of an overdose, none of their deaths were tied to the protest.

The cause and manner of death of Officer Brian Sicknick is still unknown, the case is “pending.” Two men were charged last month for using bear spray, but no evidence has been presented the spray led to his death. The officer that shot Ms. Babbitt at point blank range still hasn’t been identified and no charges have been brought.

Yet, quick, toxic, false narratives took hold and embedded themselves in the nation’s consciousness.

The New York Times reported Mr. Sicknick was bludgeoned to death by a fire extinguisher and the woman who died of an overdose was trampled to death. The words “armed insurrection” “attempted coup” and “domestic terrorism” were used in countless news stories, all reporting five died, including Mr. Sicknick. The news media worked hard to stoke fury and inflame tensions — Trump supporters were not only deplorables, but cop killers.

As a result, those who attended the riot have been aggressively pursued. Their first amendment rights have been ignored and due process denied. President Biden’s Justice Department is drawing up what could be sedition charges on nearly 400 people for “thumbing their noses at the public for what they did,” former prosecutor Michael Sherwin told CBS’ “60 Minutes” last month, adding “the scope and scale of this investigation is really unprecedented, not only in FBI history, but probably DOJ history.”

There will be arrests and jail time for many people who just walked into what most would consider the people’s House on Jan. 6. Trespassing, yes. Sedition? Hardly. Yet perspective is not the goal here, annihilating ones political enemy is. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer compared Jan. 6 to Pearl Harbor, after all.

The news media will ignore the new evidence from the D.C. medical examiner and they clearly have no interest in the circumstances surrounding Ms. Babbitt’s death. The damage has been done, the narrative has been set, and so they will move on.

Much like Russia-gate, there will be no retractions, no apologies and no retrospection.

Luckily, some federal judges are stepping in, questioning DOJ overreach. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the DOJ to distinguish between people who actually assaulted police officers, broke through windows, doors and barricades and planned the actions versus those who merely entered the Capitol after others had cleared the way.

It may be a long time before we know exactly what transpired at the nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6. The Washington Times will continue to cover the events fairly, truthfully and without bias, as the facts emerge.

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