For weeks on end, the media told us that Officer Brian Sicknick was beaten by Trump supporters and died of his injuries on the evening of January 6th. Some media outlets showed videos and pictures of an entirely different officer engaged with rioters and falsely claimed they were showing Sicknick being injured. Other media outlets showed pictures of a man throwing a fire extinguisher and falsely claimed a second extinguisher was thrown that hit Sicknick.
When the authorities first announced that Sidnick had no signs of any external injuries, many media outlets pivoted to a brand new theory. They claimed that Sidnick died from a bad reaction to mace or pepper spray.
Sicknick’s body showed no evidence of bruises or any injuries. Neither did it show any evidence of a reaction to a chemical irritant.
The official cause of death is multiple strokes, utterly unrelated to any external injury. Sicknick did not even die on the day the media and some Congressmen claimed he did. He died the next day on January 7th.
The entire narrative, which was part of the basis for an impeachment of the sitting president of the United States, was a total falsehood. The Washington Post is the latest major media outlet to concede that the story was false.
The Washington Post blamed Christopher Geldart, Washington DC’s acting deputy mayor of public safety, for misleading them on Sicknick’s cause of death. Geldart had stated publicly that Sicknick “was injured while physically engaging with protesters.” Geldart says he made the statement in good faith, and at the time, he believed it to be true.
Of course, as more information was released that contradicted any connection between Sicknick’s death and the riot, the media ignored it.
The media was wrong because they wanted to be wrong. They only cared about the agenda, not the facts.