Yet Another Media Tale — Trump Tear-Gassed Protesters For a Church Photo Op — Collapses

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    • #428705
      ZimInSeattle
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      That the White House violently cleared Lafayette Park at Trump’s behest was treated as unquestioned truth by most corporate media. Today it was revealed as a falsehood.

      CNN with Anderson Cooper and Jim Acosta, June 1, 2020

      For more than a year, it has been consecrated media fact that former President Donald Trump and his White House, on June 1 of last year, directed the U.S. Park Police to use tear gas against peaceful Lafayette Park protesters, all to enable a Trump photo-op in front of St. John’s Church. That this happened was never presented as a possibility or likelihood but as indisputable truth. And it provoked weeks of unmitigated media outrage, presented as one of the most egregious assaults on the democratic order in decades.

      This tale was so pervasive in the media landscape that it would be impossible for any one article to compile all the examples. “Peaceful Protesters Tear-Gassed To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo-Op,” read the NPR headline on June 1. The New York Times ran with: “Protesters Dispersed With Tear Gas So Trump Could Pose at Church.” CNN devoted multiple segments to venting indignation while the on-screen graphic declared: “Peaceful Protesters Near White House Tear-Gassed, Shot With Rubber Bullets So Trump Can Have Church Photo Op.”

      ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos “reported” that “the administration asked police to clear peaceful protesters from the park across the White House so that the President could stage a photo op.” The Intercept published an article stating that “federal police used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear protesters from Lafayette Square in front of the White House,” all to feature a video where the first interviewee said: “to me, the way our military and police have behaved toward the protesters at the instruction of President Trump has almost been Nazi-like.”Nazi-like. This was repeated by virtually every major corporate outlet:

      At a June 2 Press Conference, then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) proclaimed with anger: “last night I watched as President Trump, having gassed peaceful protesters just so he could do this photo op, then he went on to teargas priests who were helping protesters in Lafayette Park.” Speaking on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi exclaimed: “What is this, a banana republic?,” when asked about NBC News’ report that “security forces used tear gas and flash-bangs against a crowd of peaceful demonstrators to clear the area for the president.”

      More: https://greenwald.substack.com/p/yet-another-media-tale-trump-tear

      "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK "If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth." ~ Julian Assange #SurviveAndRevolt

    • #428708
      salemcourt
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      CNN and MSNBC still will not retract their stories.  Today I heard a democrat (kool-aid drinker) say on Washington Journal (C-SPAN) that he does not believe the report that came out.

      https://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/npr-propaganda-outed/

       

    • #428715
      Ohio Barbarian
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      But the media loves our pigs! No way they’ll say that police training and mentality is what really caused all of this, and Bureau of Prisons police at that! Why does the Bureau of Prisons have a police force? Shouldn’t they be prison guards or something?

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      ZimInSeattle
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      "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK "If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth." ~ Julian Assange #SurviveAndRevolt

    • #428725
      Calico
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      This paragraph…

      Plans for the fence were finalized at least the day prior to Trump’s walk: “the fencing contractor’s project manager told us that she learned on May 31 that the Secret Service had contacted the fencing contractor about an anti-scale fence.” And while Attorney General William Barr did visit the Park shortly before Trump’s walk and saw what he viewed as unruly protesters, causing him to ask Park Police commanders whether they would still be there when Trump arrived, the order to clear the Park had been given well before that and was unrelated to Trump or to Barr: there is “no evidence that the Attorney General’s visit to Lafayette Park at 6:10 p.m. caused the USPP to alter its plans to clear the park.”

      So… Trump (and Secret Service, photographers, and 17 senior officials/advisors) had hard plans to walk to the church through a throng of “unruly protesters,” and Barr visited the park one hour before the walk on June 1 and offhandedly asked Park Police if the protesters would be there when Trump arrived? It was just serendipity that Park Police had already decided to brutally clear out protesters to install a fence on June 4, and a coincidence that the clearing was done immediately before the already-planned walk? That’s a lot of coincidence.

      A report written by the Trump-appointed Interior Department Inspector General exonerating Trump sounds suspiciously like “we investigated ourselves and found no wrongdoing.”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_photo_op_at_St._John%27s_Church

      While law enforcement continued to clear protesters from nearby streets and with smoke still drifting in the air, Trump emerged to give a speech in the White House Rose Garden, where he said, “I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters.” Law enforcement munitions could be heard in the background during the speech. Some news networks showed the speech in a split screen described as “surreal”.

      Regarding violent protests in the United States, Trump urged state governors to use the National Guard “in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets”. If cities or states fail to respond adequately, he said he would “deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them”. Regarding D.C., Trump stated, “As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property.”

      Trump concluded his speech by saying: “Now I am going to pay my respects to a very, very special place.”

      • #428745
        HassleCat
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        @calico The decision may have been made earlier, but the speed and violence of the effort were due to the fact that the president was on the way. That makes absolute sense.

    • #428751
      game meat
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      …it was never the earth shattering event it was portrayed as.

      No one cared, and it wasn’t the end of democracy, when Obama had anti-war protestors cleared for his appearance. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ellievhall/police-clear-protestors-outside-white-house-before-obamas-sp

      Let us not forget the world as it was before January 2017.

       

    • #428757
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      “So… Trump (and Secret Service, photographers, and 17 senior officials/advisors) had hard plans to walk to the church through a throng of “unruly protesters,” and Barr visited the park one hour before the walk on June 1 and offhandedly asked Park Police if the protesters would be there when Trump arrived? It was just serendipity that Park Police had already decided to brutally clear out protesters to install a fence on June 4, and a coincidence that the clearing was done immediately before the already-planned walk? That’s a lot of coincidence.

      — I didn’t buy it either and thanks for pointing out some of the discrepancies in the new ‘official story’.

      Interesting that Greenwald is covering this one since he hasn’t been in the states for quite some time & guessing doesn’t have any special sources beyond the public record.

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