Last Updated on February 15, 2021
The New York Times has now retracted its reporting that Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick died from getting hit by a fire extinguisher during the January 6 pro-Trump protest at the U.S. Capitol. Of course, NATIONAL FILE was weeks ahead of them on busting the fire extinguisher hoax. The mainstream media has not only misinformed the people, but actively reported false information about Trump supporters firing shots (which never happened) in real time during the protest.
While the media has touted five casualties stemming from the Capitol protest, an analysis of the deaths finds obvious Capitol police involvement in violence and clear false narratives surrounding the deaths stemming from the protest. Let’s break it down:
Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick: The New York Times retracted the fire extinguisher hoax. Julie Kelly points out for American Greatness how the Times was forced to change their story. Here is what The New York Times initially pushed on January 8 following the January 6 protest: “Mr. Sicknick, 42, an officer for the Capitol Police, died on Thursday from brain injuries he sustained after Trump loyalists who overtook the complex struck him in the head with a fire extinguisher, according to two law enforcement officials.”
Here is what The New York Times has changed their story to: “Law enforcement officials initially said Mr. Sicknick was struck with a fire extinguisher, but weeks later, police sources and investigators were at odds over whether he was hit. Medical experts have said he did not die of blunt force trauma, according to one law enforcement official.”
The New York Times has also appended the following note: “UPDATE: New information has emerged regarding the death of the Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick that questions the initial cause of his death provided by officials close to the Capitol Police.”
The New York Times is not alone in having to confess the false narrative surrounding Sicknick’s death. CNN has been forced to admit that fallen Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick did not die from getting hit with a fire extinguisher by pro-Trump protesters. Sicknick’s lack of blunt force trauma puts to rest a left-wing narrative on his death. NATIONAL FILE was weeks ahead of CNN in reporting this fact. At this time, the mainstream media cannot credibly point to Trump supporters killing anyone during the Jan. 6 Capitol protest, whereas the Capitol Police shot and killed Air Force veteran and protester Ashli Babbitt.
CNN reported in their eighth, ninth, and tenth paragraphs of this article: “According to one law enforcement official, medical examiners did not find signs that the officer sustained any blunt force trauma, so investigators believe that early reports that he was fatally struck by a fire extinguisher are not true. One possibility being considered by investigators is that Sicknick became ill after interacting with a chemical irritant like pepper spray or bear spray that was deployed in the crowd. But investigators reviewing video of the officer’s time around the Capitol haven’t been able to confirm that in tape that has been recovered so far, the official said. The case could also be complicated if Sicknick had a preexisting medical condition. It could not be learned if he did.”
The U.S. Capitol police officer who died following the Jan. 6 Capitol invasion is believed to have suffered from a pre-existing medical condition that contributed to his death. This fact complicates the mainstream media’s narrative, which seeks to pin the officer’s death on supposedly violent pro-Trump protesters. The media is trying to forge resentment against Trump and conservative activists in the eyes of Middle America, using the fallen officer as a cause celebre. But even the officer’s family is pleading with the public not to politicize his death as narrative-busting details emerge.
Brian Sicknick was reportedly “injured” during the Capitol protest and media and activists ran with the story that Trump protesters hit him with a fire extinguisher. But Propublica reported that Sicknick told his brother he was merely pepper-sprayed. Where did the fire extinguisher story come from? ProPublica also noted Sicknick’s blood clot and stroke and use of a ventilator, according to Western Journal.
“He texted me last night and said, ‘I got pepper-sprayed twice,’ and he was in good shape. Apparently he collapsed in the Capitol and they resuscitated him using CPR,” the officer’s brother Ken Sicknick told ProPublica.
“Many details regarding Wednesday’s events and the direct causes of Brian’s injuries remain unknown and our family asks the public and the press to respect our wishes in not making Brian’s passing a political issue. Please honor Brian’s life and service and respect our privacy while we move forward in doing the same. Brian is a hero and that is what we would like people to remember. Thank you,” stated the Sicknick family statement.
The U.S. military is currently guarding the U.S. Capitol ahead of Joe Biden’s disputed inauguration to the presidency on January 20. The mainstream media is pushing the narrative that Trump supporters are domestic terrorists, and of course the FBI and members of the political class including Lindsey Graham are vowing to prosecute the patriotic protesters.
Mainstream media pushed sickening disinformation during the course of the Capitol riot. For instance, a Huffington Post reporter named Matt Fuller falsely claimed that Trump supporters were firing gunshots into the U.S. Senate chamber, despite the fact that this was not true. “They’re shooting into the chamber,” Fuller tweeted. That tweet, now deleted, went viral. Did it incite tensions? In reality, Capitol Police shot and killed Ashli Babbitt, a protester and Air Force veteran who did not fire at the cops.
Trump supporter Kevin Greeson
NATIONAL FILE’S GABRIEL KEANE reported: An witness of the Capitol Hill protests on January 6 reveals that Kevin Greeson, an unarmed pro-Trump protester who died of a heart attack during the day’s events, was struck in the eye by high-velocity paintball-style projectiles fired by Capitol Hill police prior to his death.
National File Citizen Journalist Roger Farina obtained an interview on January 6 with a witness who was standing directly next to Greeson at the time of the latter’s death, and National File is now exclusively releasing this interview on Thursday.
“So we’re all marching down… we’re just walking up, just walking around the nice little Reflection Pool, and all of a sudden you just hear crazy stuff, paint balls start flying, they’re pepper ball paint balls, and then all the sudden people are breaking over the barriers, and people who are sitting there, peacefully demonstrating, they just get lit up with the paint ball,” the witness, who asked National File not to reveal his name, recounted.
“One of the guys who got hit, he couldn’t start breathing, he collapsed, and that’s when we [were] just like, ‘Paramedic, paramedic!’ No paramedics are going to come in,” the witness said. “We had to make a hole and try to drag him out. Some other paramedics went in, the DC police were firing on them, and anybody else who was in the area. Flash bangs were going off, a minimum of 30 flash bangs, and people are getting hit.”
The witness confirmed that the protests leading up to Greeson’s death were wholly peaceful in nature, stating, “It was definitely peaceful, and I’m like, ‘Wait that was a fence’, and that’s when I realized the dude next to me [was hit] square right in the eye with a paint ball pepper ball, he just dropped.”
“You could smell it in the air, you could feel the balls just going everywhere,” the witness added. “Peaceful dude, he wasn’t stealing or nothing. Dropped, heart attack. They did CPR there, and then we made a hole.”
Greeson, 55, was a resident of Athens, Alabama. His family described him in a statement as “an advocate of President Trump” who “attended the event on January 6, 2020, to show his support,” noting that “He was not there to participate in violence or rioting, nor did he condone such actions.”
Despite media claims that the Capitol Hill protests were an “insurrection” that intended harm against elected officials, no members of Congress or the Secret Service were injured, while four pro-Trump protesters were killed or died as a result of physical trauma incurred during the day’s events, and one police officer is believed to have died after an allergic reaction to the same type of pepper ball projectiles that our witness says led to Greeson’s death.” (GABRIEL KEANE’S NATIONAL FILE PASSAGE ENDS)
2020 Republican U.S. Senate nominee in Delaware Lauren Witzke reported:
That’s because it is all a lie.
Kevin Greeson died right next to me after the Capitol Police flash grenaded/ tear gassed us for just standing there flag waving, he was startledinto having a heart attack.
My friend gave him CPR while the Capitol police refused to help us. https://t.co/aQzMyt9uv7
— Lauren Witzke (@LaurenWitzkeDE) February 11, 2021
Ashli Babbitt Was A Pro-Trump Protester Who Was Shot And Killed, Reportedly By Capitol Police
Frank Salvato reported for NATIONAL FILE on January 12: “Authorities have suspended several US Capitol Police officers as the facts begin to emerge regarding the chaos and violence in the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. The bedlam that ensued on the day of the Electoral College vote certification resulted in the deaths of five Americans and the shooting death of one.
According to one congressional aide, eight separate investigations into the events that happened before, during, and after the shooting death of Ashli Babbitt have been launched, including probes into several officers’ actions in managing the protesters that breached the Capitol Building.
In raw video that has gone viral, Babbitt, a 14-year US Air Force veteran who had deployed on multiple tours to the Middle East, was shot by a US Capitol police officer. Babbitt was unarmed. She died at the scene.
#CapitolRiots NEW: US Attorney Michael Sherwin confirms @CBSNews his office has opened a formal, federal excessive force investigation related to the shooting death of Ashli Babbitt who was shot by US Capitol Police Wednesday within the Capitol building. Sherwin has assigned
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) January 9, 2021
Sunday, former US Capitol Police chief, Steven Sund – who resigned after his departments dismal performance at the Capitol Building on January 6, told reporters that congressional security officials denied his requests to put the DC National Guard on standby before the joint session of Congress.
Acting US Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman issued a statement Monday night saying “several” officers had been suspended.
“The Department also has been actively reviewing video and other open-source materials of some USCP officers and officials that appear to be in violation of Department regulations and policies,” Pittman said. “Our Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including, termination.” (Frank Salvato’s passage ends)
Meanwhile, Trump supporter Benjamin Phillips has been listed as a fatality of the protest despite the fact that other protesters said he had a stroke and possibly never even went into the Capitol. While there’s no evidence he was part of the storming of the Capitol, evidence merely exists that he was last spotted “looking for parking.” A woman named Roseanne Boyland died from “medical emergencies” but there is a dispute about how it happened. A cop told her sister that Boyland “collapsed while standing off to the side in the Capitol Rotunda” according to the AP, which disputes Boyland’s friend’s assertion that Boyland was trampled on by the protest mob. Bodycam video footage allegedly shows Boyland being trampled according to the Daily Mail.
THE MEDIA PUSHED FALSE INFORMATION ON VIOLENCE DURING THE PROTEST IN REAL TIME
Huffington Post congressional reporter Matt Fuller wrote a viral tweet during the U.S. Capitol protest in which he falsely accused President Donald Trump’s supporters of firing guns into the body of the United States Congress. The tweet remained live for many hours after Fuller’s narrative was debunked. By that time, Fuller had been retweeted by top political figures. Will the mainstream media face scrutiny for pushing disinformation during a time of crisis? Fuller currently remains employed with the Huffington Post.
“They’re shooting into the chamber,” Fuller tweeted during the Capitol protest on January 6. Low-rated MSNBC host Chris Hayes drew attention to the false narrative by jumping in to exclaim in reply, “shooting what!?!?!?!” The construction of Fuller’s sentence made clear that he was accusing patriotic protesters of shooting into the chamber. In actuality, no protesters fired guns in the protest. Capitol Police shot unarmed protester and Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt in the neck and killed her, but that shooting did not take place in the Chamber. The photo Fuller shared showed law enforcement pointing guns but obviously no evidence of protesters firing shots.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 6, 2021
Other journalists and media figures added to the hysteria in real time, based on Fuller’s tweet.
How on earth did they not have a huge force prepared for this. These terrorists *said* this was their plan. @MEPFuller just tweeted that "guns have been drawn." Now, "they're shooting into the chamber." People. The U.S. Capitol is in the midst of a terrorist attack.
— Bryan Smith (@bryrsmith) January 6, 2021
Fuller deleted the tweet but it is now archived for posterity. The tweet remained live after Fuller’s narrative was debunked, and was still live the next day.
A HuffPost reporter's tweet that "They're shooting into the chamber" is still up despite the fact that no protesters shot into anything and in fact the police gunned down a nice lady who was an Air Force veteran. Carry on.
— Patrick Howley (@HowleyReporter) January 7, 2021
Should Fuller face condemnation for his role in heightening tensions during the Capitol riot? Fuller’s Fake News — which he clearly posted with no regard whatsoever for the truth — helped dictate the media’s narrative that protesters were responsible for unspeakable violence, when in actuality the only shot fired came from a Capitol Police officer. Make no mistake: Fuller’s statement that “They’re shooting into the chamber” placed false blame on protesters outside the chamber. His message, when amplified by people in D.C. politics and media, was irresponsible at best.
The mainstream media is an arm of the crooked political establishment in Washington, D.C. Their sinister subversive narratives drive the globalist totalitarian takeover of the United States of America. The political class response to the Capitol protest signals acceleration on the part of the globalist authoritarians. Clearly, the Washington scribe media is happy to play their part.
NATIONAL FILE REPORTER A.J. COOKE WROTE ON JANUARY 8 that “The mainstream narrative of the shooting of Ashli Babbitt is a horrifying stream of lies,” writing:
“The views expressed in this op-ed are not necessarily the views of National File. We believe this first hand account of what happened on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. helps illustrate the emotions of the crowd during the protest.
Words cannot express the shock and disbelief I felt after witnessing the immediate aftermath of the Capitol Hill Shooting. But that didn’t compare at all to the horror of turning on the news and seeing brazen, flagrant lies about what I’d just witnessed.
There were hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters blanketing downtown D.C. while maybe a few dozen troublemakers engaged in trespassing and petty vandalism at the Capitol Building.
From everything I’ve seen with my own eyes, the first act of real violence was the shooting of an unarmed Pro-Trump protester, Ashli Babbitt, by a plainclothes U.S. Capitol Police officer. And, if you’ll bear with me for a moment, you’ll see why her sacrifice may have saved many, many lives.
For those who have never been to a Trump rally, they are nearly all the same: they’re parties for patriotic baby-boomers. It was a wholesome MAGA-themed version of Woodstock with less drugs (though the unmistakable scent of marijuana hung in the air at a few points).
The “siege” of the Capitol Building was about as “dangerous” as the occupation of Hamilton Hall by SDS activists during the 1968 Columbia University protests.
Trump rallies are uniformly safe, inoffensive and tame. The only point where they ever become dangerous is when leftists show up to assault peaceful demonstrators.
Wednesday’s rally was no different, though it was relatively disorganized. Legions of Trump supporters were scattered around Downtown D.C.
I spent hours recording cheesy man-on-the-street interviews with Gianna Guenther, National File’s newest cub reporter. It was the standard workaday grind of journalistic work and, honestly, even a little boring.
It was her first day on camera. She’d made fun of me for showing up kitted out with combat boots, Kevlar gloves, a CBRN gas mask and a trauma kit. I was born in this town, though, so I knew I had to be prepared for anything. People forget, but I remember our nation’s capital also being the murder capital of America when I was growing up.
As we walked around, we saw all the standard sights of D.C. Trump rallies: street preachers giving megaphone sermons, vendors hawking Trump merch and Falun Gong activists handing out anti-CCP literature. It was entirely peaceful… placid, even.
The President’s 11AM speech was enthusiastically-received by a crowd that spread from the southern edge of the White House Ellipse and covered the hill around the Washington Monument, despite the fact that the onsite audio seemed to be so messed up that nobody outside of immediate earshot could hear him clearly.
Outside of the area where President Trump could be clearly heard, scattered groups of rallygoers listened to live-streams of his speech (which I still haven’t listened to in its entirety) like apocalypse-survivors huddled around campfires.
If this was a “planned coup” to “attack democracy”, then it wasn’t exactly planned with military precision. Apparently most of demonstrators didn’t catch the President’s exhortation to “march down Pennsylvania Avenue” and marched down Constitution Avenue instead.
After hours of recording softball footage, all of the File’s on-the-ground reporters got word to rendezvous at our hotel suite at 3:30PM; we started walking eastwards towards my car, which was on the other end of the Capitol.
As we crossed the southern edge of Capitol Hill, Gianna teased me again about how slow I was walking with all my gear, so I sprinted ahead of her.
As I turned around to give my best “Are you not entertained?!?” flourish, we heard soul-piercing screams and saw a phalanx of riot cops clad head-to-toe in jet-black hard armor barreling down the walkway between us.
I whipped out my phone and, as I fumbled repeatedly for the “Record” button, I saw a flash of red hair on a gurney blast past me. I remember wondering whether that was her hair’s normal color or if the blood drenching her body had stained it. I watched hopelessly, breathing “Oh shit!” as my eyes fixated on her boots lying limp at the edge of the stretcher.
I heard women screaming in anguish and men shouting in anger. The energy of the scene was nothing short of biblical; my immediate thought was of “wailing and gnashing of teeth”. As soon as the ambulance doors closed around Babbitt’s body, I started following the trail of blood back towards the Capitol Building.
I don’t know what possessed me to drive onwards in the face of – for all I knew – an active shooter situation, but I had to know the truth of what happened and I knew I wouldn’t believe whatever got reported if I didn’t see it with my own eyes.
I barked questions at shell-shocked passersby, who told me that there was a witness with blood on his face who had video of the shooting.
As I slowly marched along the red road Babbitt left behind, I ignored calls and texts from a National File police source – who knew I was there – telling me “GET THE FUCK OUT” and “MASS ARRESTS INCOMING”.
After ten minutes of shouting “HAVE YOU SEEN THE WITNESS? THE GUY WITH BLOOD ON HIS FACE?”, I finally found him: Bill from Louisville, KY – on Facebook as “Parrot Nest“.
Bill explained that he didn’t have blood on his face: it was red dye from being pepper-sprayed in the back of his head while leaving the scene after the shooting. I was somewhat incredulous at first but the rest of his testimony seemed believable.
He posted his video of the shooting itself shortly thereafter on Facebook and it was promptly banned by their censors, but not before National File managed to download and share a copy.
I later learned that, while it isn’t exactly use-of-force-manual “standard operating procedure”, it is standard practice for DC-area riot cops to “tag” participants of a riot with dyed pepper spray to mark them for arrest during the crackdown phase. I later spoke to Bill by text message and am relieved to confirm that he managed to escape the District before being arrested.
Bill did not immediately identify the victim out of respect for her family, but explained that she had been shot once through the neck while unarmed and attempting to climb through a broken window in the Capitol Building. Bill is trained in emergency medicine and tried to give her medical assistance, but the officers on scene pushed him away and she “bled out” by the time medics could get to her.
Thinking back to the relatively thin trail of blood from the ambulance to the building, I realized then that Babbitt was already dead by the time I saw her. I have just enough survival training to know that gunshot wounds to the carotid, subclavian or axillary arteries are instant death sentences, barring immediate intervention by a world-class surgeon and the infinite power of Christ. Their pro forma chest compressions were doing nothing but pumping what little blood remained in her body onto the street.
After the interview, I attempted to make a live report on Facebook and Twitter, but both failed to function. It’s unclear if this was because of the local cell towers being overloaded or because of deliberate interruption of services. The only reporters able to make live reports were mainstream media.
I opted for a 2-minute recording which I’d upload once we got to a working WiFi connection.
Report on scene of Capitol Hill Shooting. pic.twitter.com/Q0Gz9gDHsB
— A.J. Cooke, Gusano-American Indie Journo 🚁🇨🇺🗽 (@AJCooke1776) January 6, 2021
When I got back to Gianna, she was even-keeled (if slightly glassy-eyed) and emphatically assured me that she didn’t mind the fact that I’d abandoned her to go chase a literal blood trail. For her first day on the job, she was a trooper.
It was at this point that I finally called our police source back. I was told “All agencies with a mutual aid agreement with D.C. are mobilizing squads to send Downtown with orders to secure and arrest rioters. My buddy’s gearing up right now to head your way and grab everybody in a 6-block radius of the Capitol. Get the fuck out NOW!”
I didn’t have to be told twice. We left immediately and made our way to the hotel as our phones buzzed with emergency alerts notifying us of a martial-law-style curfew being imposed on the city and surrounding counties.
Like I said… this was a shocking scene. But nothing could have prepared me for the shock of turning on Fox News and seeing “CAPITOL HILL RIOT” emblazoned across the screen. Nor could I have foreseen in my wildest nightmares all of the Republican politicians coming on the line to condemn the Pro-Trump “political violence” and “rioting” as a threat to American democracy.
I have ten solid minutes of video of the shooting aftermath. I was there. I saw it with my own damn eyes.
There was no riot.
Some people were shouting, screaming and yelling. Most people were standing dumbfounded or simply walking around like it was a casual Sunday stroll. Absolutely zero violence was taking place in the immediate surroundings of the Capitol Building.
I was faced with a choice: do I believe the entire Washington political establishment… or my own lying eyes?
I’m generally a fairly skeptical person and am not prone to wild speculation about the motives of others, but I feel compelled to say that the narrative that was forming had all the hallmarks of a canned propaganda campaign.
Everyone from “Pro-Trump” Congressmen to “Pro-Trump” cabinet officials and “Pro-Trump” media figures were uniting to condemn a riot that did not happen. Some were blaming it on Antifa which, for all I know, may be somewhat true but is an absolute red herring because there was no riot.
Frankly, the idea that the Capitol Police security cordon was breached in the first place without a willing failure on their part beggars belief. If I had to guess, I’d say that this entire media narrative was kabuki theater and the one fly in their ointment is that nobody planned for some Capitol Police moron to cap an unarmed protester.
To clarify: I’m not saying that this was staged or there were crisis actors or whatnot. I’m saying that the Washington establishment was looking for an excuse to implement a hardcore Anti-Trump crackdown and the non-existent “riot” was exactly what they needed.
My understanding is that, once the shooting happened, plans for a massive crackdown on the crowd of hundreds of thousands of innocent demonstrators were abandoned in a moment of panic at what the public response might have been.
Her death may have been brutal and unfair, but Ashli Babbitt’s sacrifice might have saved a lot of lives.
I don’t know where exactly to go from here. After what I’ve just seen, pretensions of journalistic objectivity have gone firmly out the window – which is why I’m writing this account in a first-person stream of consciousness instead of attempting to parse my disjointed, emotional experience into even-keeled AP-style prose.
I will say this: Ashli Babbitt’s death should be a sign to everyone who believes in the MAGA dream to stop looking for hope in the politicians or the courts or the national security establishment. These are all your enemies, no matter what flag they may wave when it’s convenient to them.
Your mileage may vary, but I will not “Trust The Plan”.
The QAnon “revelations” have finally proven to be complete horseshit. No magic glow-in-the-dark “white hat” CIA spooks are conspiring in the shadows to help you or President Trump. The American people are not going to take back power from the Washington Swamp unless we actually organize and build a non-violent grassroots movement that is completely independent from Official Washington.
I’m trusting no plan but God’s. And I’m committing myself to spreading the truth and exhorting everyone I know to fight for what little democracy we have left by doing the same.”
A.J. Cooke’s op-ed concludes