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I am slow to anger. It is one of the things that coworkers have told me that they particularly like about me as a nurse. They can throw me into scenarios with their most intolerant, rude, abusive patients and they know that I will not let it get to me. More often than not, I can talk other people down or at least smooth things over in such a way that things return to a low simmer rather than boiling over.
However, there are some things that make me nearly irrationally angry. I say nearly because there is no way that this anger is irrational.
Our media lies regularly about the Capitol Riot.
As recent as three days ago, USA Today‘s Bart Jansen attempted to discuss the “diverging views” on the Capitol riots while reporting:
The committee chair, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said the federal government wasn’t prepared for the attack that left five people dead and 140 police officers injured and delayed the counting of Electoral College votes that confirmed President Joe Biden’s victory.
Interesting, Mr. Jansen. Wasn’t it USA Today that had an article almost a month ago that described the deaths of four of the five people? (Officer Sicknick’s cause of death was still unreleased.) Wasn’t it USA Today that explained that three of the four died of natural causes? The one who didn’t die of natural causes died of an amphetamine overdose.
A little later, CBS News joined in, adding Officer Sicknick’s cause of death: stroke, by natural causes, but while “defending the capitol.” They chimed in:
Despite being sprayed with a chemical substance, Sicknick’s manner of death was determined to be “natural,” the medical examiner’s office said. In the interview with the Post, Diaz said the autopsy found no evidence of internal or external injuries, or of an allergic reaction to the chemical substance — but did say “all that transpired played a role in his condition.”
Not content to let the US media outlets continue to get it wrong on their own, the UK’s Independent has also decided to continue to repeat the lies:
The violent attack left five dead including one police officer.
I honestly cannot continue listing the multitude and varied sources that parrot the lies that five people died in the riots (implying that they all died related to the riots). It only takes a slight awareness of the actual death toll of those killed, one, in order to find it grating and infuriating. Three people died of natural causes on the day of the riot; two by heart attack, one by stroke (hours after the event itself). One person overdosed on amphetamines.
While the media prefers to talk about the number five, the real number is one: Ashli Babbitt.
There was one person killed in the riot a and she was shot by a police officer.
But I guess that doesn’t make for news?Published in