*Ed. Note: The DC Medical Examiner’s office concluded in April 2021 that Mr. Sicknick died of natural causes. The question remains. Why did the AP repeatedly reporter otherwise? After I wrote the story below, the AP continued on March 5, 2021 and March 10, 2021 to assert as a fact the unproven allegation that “[f]ive people died in the attack, including a police officer.”
The Associated Press (AP), once considered the “bible” of the news industry, has distributed articles since 1846 about current event to media outlets around the world.
These days, the AP als0 pushes unproven assumptions and rumors.
A classic example of this is an article distributed by the AP Tuesday about FBI Director Chris Wray’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Referring to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol Building, the AP states:
“Five people died as a result of the riot, including a Capitol Police officer and a woman who was shot as she tried to enter the House chamber with lawmakers still inside.”
Cause of Death?
In fact, it is not established that Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, 42, died on Jan. 7 as a result of the riot. Although the incident occurred almost two months ago, the medical examiner’s report has not been released. It could turn out the riot was a factor in death but, until and unless this occurs, it is mere speculation.
Moreover, three of the five people who reportedly died succumbed to natural causes in the Capitol Building “area” on Jan. 6. Is it accurate to say their deaths were because of the riot? For example, did anyone die in the process of climbing the 365 steps to the Capitol Building ?
It is clear that one rioter, Ashli E. Babbitt, 35, an Air Force veteran, was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer as she climbed through a broken window leading to the Speaker’s Lobby.
The New York Times initially reported that Sicknick died after being bludgeoned by a rioter with a fire extinguisher.
On the morning of January 8, KHOU in Houston reported that Sicknick died from a stroke, which was later determined to have occurred on the night of Jan. 7.
The NYT did not correct its erroneous reporting until Feb. 11, when its article was “updated” to report that medical experts said Sicknick showed no signs of blunt force trauma.
Sicknick’s mother told a British publication, Daily Mail, on Feb. 22 that Sicknick was not hit on the head, adding, “We think he had a stroke.” Sicknick texted his elder brother on the evening of Jan. 6 that he was pepper sprayed twice but felt fine. He collapsed and died at the hospital the next night.
The NYT reported on 2/1/21 that investigators are “increasingly focused on whether chemical irritants were a factor in his death.” (The NYT alludes to the aforementioned fire extinguisher, stating it was thrown loudly to the ground, leaving rioters an officers “momentarily shocked.”)
The lack of facts have not stopped the AP, the NYT and most other American media outlets from attributing Officer Sicknick’s tragic death to the riot. Why? Because it is part of the Democratic Party’s narrative.
The Democrats (and the AP) portray the riot as an “insurrection.” It doesn’t help the drama if the death toll consists of one unarmed person who was shot while attempting to climb through a window by a trigger-happy Capitol Police officer.
As the Daily Mail observed: ” the truth has taken a back seat to the myth of the brutal attack.”
The facts show a gang of thugs and criminals plotted in advance to do as much damage as possible on Jan. 6, which turned out to be surprising easy because there was virtually no security at the Capitol Building. Why was there no security?
Wray said the FBI knew on Jan. 5 of online posts forshadowing a “war” in Washington. He said the FBI “did communicate that information in a timely fashion to the Capitol Police and (Metropolitan Police Department) in not one, not two, but three different ways.” He said the FBI was looking into what if anything it could have done differently.
The Capitol riot was a national and international disgrace. No one disagrees that criminal charges should be levied where appropriate. But it is not the role of the media to propagate the Democratic narrative and regurgitate unfounded conclusions about the cause of Officer Sicknick’s death.