NPR’s Juliana Kim Keeps Repeating Lies about Death of Brian Sicknick on Jan6

  • The DC Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick and found that he died from natural causes
  • The media and various left-wing elites have repeatedly, shamelessly, tried to elevate Sicknick as the system’s martyr on January 6th, honoring him with a State funeral and other adulations, but his death had nothing to do with the protest and violence on January 6th

  • Despite the obvious facts, the media keeps repeating, regurgitating, and amplifying lies about the death of Brian Sicknick – they know better and they persist in lying

  • Media caused this initially by lying about Sicknick having a ‘gash’ on his head from a fire extinguisher attack that never happened. And every time they’re confronted by reality, they just shift the narrative a little bit to continue the lie that Sicknick was murdered

OUR RATING: Journalistic Malpractice. Even is ashamed.

Indicted Outlet: Juliana Kim | National Public Radio | Link | Archive | Jan. 6, 2023

On January 6th, 2021, tens of thousands of pro-Trump protesters came to the U.S. Capitol upset about voter fraud in the 2020 election and the way in which their elected officials weren’t taking the issue seriously. The Capitol Police started using excessive force to disperse the protesters, which caused the crowd to react and violence resulted.

In the resulting violence, several officers were injured, and at least two protesters were murdered from excessive force and unlawful violence: Rosanne Boyland and Ashli Babbitt. Boyland was trampled and then clubbed to death, where her death was later blamed on prescription medication she was taking at the time. Babbitt was shot when she tried to go through a broken window and was shot by a plainclothed Lt. Michael Byrd who gave no warning before shooting and was likely out of view of Babbitt when he took the fatal shot.

Against that chaotic backdrop, the New York Times began alleging that Officer Brian Sicknick of the Capitol Police was injured by both ‘bear spray’ and also had a bleeding ‘gash’ on his head caused by contact with a fire extinguisher lobbed by a pro-Trump protester. Sicknick died the next day from a stroke. The NYT thus began a long disinformation chain that continues to this day, amplified by left-wing media outlets that crave a January 6th martyr for their cause.

The autopsy makes no doubt that Sicknick did NOT die from an injury or from chemical spray. There was no injury present on the body, and the lining of the lungs did not show any inflammation consistent with being sprayed with a chemical irritant. [1]

Major Violations:

  • Lying
  • Misrepresentation
  • Opinion as Fact
  • No Evidence to Support
  • Missing Context
  • Creating False Connections
  • Wilfully Ignorant

To recap the chain of relevant events, the January 6th protest was followed by the New York Times original report on the death of Sicknick on January 8th, [2][6] a longer puff piece followed. [4] By February 3rd, Sicknick was one of the few Americans to have the honor of his body lying in the Capitol Rotunda. [3] On Feb. 12th, the Sicknick narrative was already falling apart and the NYT was openly questioning the story they were being told by the Capitol Police, namely that Sicknick had a ‘gash’ on his head caused by a fire extinguisher, so they instead shifted to the ‘chemical irritant’ theory of his death. [6][14][16] By March 24th, 2021, the NYT was admitting that Sicknick’s death was likely not from injuries [4] even as they were publishing videos meant to aid in the prosecution of his attackers. [5]

By April 19, 2021, the NYT was admitting that Sicknick’s death had nothing to do with the protest or with fire extinguishers or chemical irritants. [1][13] Even the Capitol Police were forced to admit that Sicknick died from “natural causes.” [7]

The coroner looked for injuries that would have caused death, and looked for irritation on the lungs and air pathways that would have suggested reactions from irritant sprays. [8] Instead, the coroner found that he died from a stroke caused by a blood clot.

The DC Medical Examiner, the U.S. Capitol Police, and the FBI, all of whom were investigating this case, [9] had no reason to lie or cover up this crime. If anything, they had an enormous motivation to say that Sicknick did die from alleged violence on January 6th.

Brian Sicknick

Here’s the dishonest way in which NPR Reporter Kim deals with the inconvenient fact of the autopsy:

“Although Washington D.C.’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Francisco Diaz, ruled that Sicknick died of “natural causes,” he further stated that the events on Jan. 6 “played a role in his condition,” the lawsuit said.”

So let’s examine what she’s doing: she’s acknowledging that the medical examiner contradicts the entire rest of her story, but then in the same sentence discounts and dismisses his findings.

This is lying. It’s a misrepresentation so egregious given the available facts that there’s no other way to view it. There is no evidence to support the contention that Sicknick died from anything other than natural causes.

It was a major scandal when it emerged that Sicknick’s death was not from injuries from protesters. Two men, Julian Khater and George Tanios, were charged with and sentenced to 6 years in prison for ‘assaulting’ Sicknick, and were facing murder charges. [15] It would have been very easy for the Medical Examiner to fake the autopsy results and those two men would have spent the rest of their lives in prison.

The system also let the autopsy results lie in secret for weeks while the false narrative emerged and coalesced in people’s minds helping to set a false narrative. Correcting that false narrative in the public’s mind, then, requires more than half a sentence of NPR’s article.

The journalistic malpractice around the death of Brian Sicknick, where reporters used the common government genuflect to defer to authorities when skepticism is warranted, is a major part of the story and NPR glosses right over it. It’s ultimately major missing context.

There are also eyewitness reports that January 6th protesters were trying to help Sicknick on January 6th in the middle of a stroke, but were discouraged by Capitol Police. [12]

The political power of Sicknick’s death is so potent that it continues to be misused and abused by left-wing political actors [11] and litigants seeking to capitalize on the disinformation narrative spawned by the New York Times. The government resisted releasing the autopsy results for months. [10] NPR is guilty here of keeping their readers ignorant on this issue by avoiding the truth: Sicknick died of natural causes and his death has little if anything to do with the events of January 6th.

OUR RATING: Journalistic Malpractice. Even is ashamed.

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