NYT Invents Facts, Refuses to Correct Lies about Brian Sicknick’s Death after J6 Capitol Protest

  • NYT ‘bear spray’ theory about Sicknick death proven false, they keep lying about it anyway
  • NYT caught repeatedly lying about the facts of the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick
  • Lies about Officer’s death clearly advance left-wing agenda to suppress voter fraud evidence, and taint the jury pool for the 800+ people accused of crimes from January 6th

OUR RATING: Journalistic Malpractice. Even Salon.com is ashamed. 

Indicted Outlet: Evan Hill, David Botti, Dmitriy Khavin, Drew Jordan and Malachy Browne | The New York Times | Link | Archive | 3/24/21

The protests against voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential election have brought a wide array of fake stories from the mainstream media: primarily the big lie that there was no fraud. The Big Steal Deniers are adamant that it was the ‘safest and most secure election in history’ despite significant evidence to the contrary.

The big lie that there was no election fraud led to protests in Washington to counteract that obvious untruth. And the resulting death of Brian Sicknick, much like the mainstream media lying/reporting about voter fraud, has been an outright fraud foisted upon the public.

Brian Sicknick was a Capitol Police Officer who died the day after January 6th from long-standing personal medical issues. Every reasonable investigation into his death comes to one conclusion: Sicknick died from natural causes the day after the protest.

Yet the media has relentlessly lied about his death in order to blame it on protesters.

The worst offender is the supposed newspaper of record, the New York Times.

The Times is the outlet that originally told the biggest lie about the Sicknick case, spreading disinformation that Sicknick was hit by a fire extinguisher and was bleeding from the head. 

Major Violations:

  • Lying
  • Quote Fabrication
  • Scapegoating
  • Creating False Connections
  • No Evidence to Support
  • Opinion as Fact
  • Misrepresentation
  • Bad Sources
  • Major Misrepresentation of Source Material

Let’s just quell any potential left-wing conspiracy theory here that Sicknick died from anything other than natural causes. The District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the U.S. Capitol Police both say that Sicknick died of natural causes. [1] 

Outlets as reliably left-wing as NPR [2] and CBS [3] and the Washington Post [4] reported that Sicknick died of natural causes.

These reports came out around April 19, 2021, and the NYT was reporting this story three weeks earlier, on March 24, 2021. So it is arguable to give them a pass on ultimately being wrong about Sicknick’s cause of death, but it also shows that the Times should have been more restrained and even-handed when reporting on his death.

And a critical mistake the mainstream media often makes: it uncritically reports government prosecutors and press agents as though their opinion is fact.

There’s no excuse for a paper as established as the New York Times to so uncritically regurgitate the lies of the government, and not notice a pattern of lying in a specific case like this. They should have noticed that they were dealing with bad sources who were feeding them lies. [5]

And it doesn’t excuse the fact that, already by this point, several enormous falsehoods related to Sicknick had already been documented: namely that he was never hit by a fire extinguisher. [6]

Here’s what the Times story said in their 3/24/21 story related to Sicknick’s death:

New videos obtained by The New York Times show publicly for the first time how the U.S. Capitol Police officer who died after facing off with rioters on Jan. 6 was attacked with chemical spray.

The officer, Brian D. Sicknick, who had been guarding the west side of the Capitol, collapsed later that day and died the next night. Little had been known about what happened to Officer Sicknick during the assault, and the previously unpublished videos provide new details about when, where and how he was attacked, as well as about the events leading up to the encounter.

According to the Times, Sicknick ‘died after facing off with rioters…’ making it pretty obvious that he was ‘attacked’ and that it led to his death.

In case there was any dispute on that point, the Times goes into details about the ‘attack’ on Sicknick and how ‘bear spray’ was used to attack Officer Sicknick.

This ‘bear spray’ was said to have been a chemical weapon that murdered Sicknick. Here’s the Times again:

Two rioters, Julian Elie Khater and George Pierre Tanios, were arrested on March 14 and charged with assaulting Officer Sicknick and two other officers with chemical spray. The investigation is continuing, and federal prosecutors haven’t ruled out pursuing murder charges.

Was any of this true?

No. No it was not. Bear Spray was never used. [7]

The New York Times lied about Brian Sicknick being attacked by a fire extinguisher.

The New York Times lied about Brian Sicknick bleeding from the head.

The New York Times lied about Brian Sicknick being sprayed with ‘bear spray’ causing his death from a reaction to the high-powered spray.

Again, just in case you wanted to give the Times a break on this lie, here is their lead paragraph again: 

New videos obtained by The New York Times show publicly for the first time how the U.S. Capitol Police officer who died after facing off with rioters on Jan. 6 was attacked with chemical spray.

The New York Times has repeatedly lied about the circumstances surrounding the death of Brian Sicknick.

Now you may feel that this is too harsh. Perhaps it’s understandable that the Times got a few details wrong.

But these are not minor details, and this was a major story tied to a major event. You can see that they had five reporters on this one story alone. 

And the New York Times is caught here inventing facts

Where did the fire extinguisher theory come from? There’s no evidence that Sicknick was ever harmed by one.

Where did the bear spray theory come from? The only evidence for it is from prosecutors who are known to lie in indictments in order to force plea bargains. 

There’s no defending the New York Times and their flagrant journalistic malpractice for getting this story so incredibly wrong has brought enormous injustices to the defendants, to outlets that relied on the accuracy of their reporting, and to the country’s political discourse as a whole.

They didn’t even bother to slap a correction notice on this story. They have just kept it up for over a year continuing the lie.

So just in case you wanted to give them any benefit of the doubt, they never even bothered to update the story with a correction or a note that later information released shows that this story was all a fabrication


OUR RATING: Journalistic Malpractice. Even Salon.com is ashamed. 


1 ] https://www.uscp.gov/media-center/press-releases/medical-examiner-finds-uscp-officer-brian-sicknick-died-natural-causes
2 ] https://www.npr.org/2021/04/19/988876722/capitol-police-officer-brian-sicknick-died-of-natural-causes-medical-examiner-ru
3 ] https://www.cbsnews.com/news/brian-sicknick-capitol-riot-died-natural-causes/
4 ] https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/brian-sicknick-death-strokes/2021/04/19/36d2d310-617e-11eb-afbe-9a11a127d146_story.html
5 ] https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/brian-sicknick-fire-extinguisher/
6 ] https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/new-york-times-capitol-police-officer-brian-sicknick-fire-extinguisher
7 ] https://news.yahoo.com/debunked-claims-officer-sicknick-died-173000691.html

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