Leftist “News” Paper Forgets Ashli Babbitt

By | April 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

LATimes lead editorial: “Congress, fix your police force.” Times correctly criticizes Capitol Police for failing to anticipate Jan. 6 riot, & failing to prevent incursion into Capitol. What else does Times criticize: “Sen. Ron Johnson (R, WI) infamously said, ‘It didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me.'” Infamously? This clearly implies that it was an armed insurrection, although not one (1) firearm was seized from demonstrators. Implying something untrue, without actually saying it, is a cowardly way to lie. But it surely isn’t journalism.

But what did this editorial not say? It did not mention the worst error of the Capitol Police that day – shooting to death unarmed Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt. She had no weapon, attacked no one, was a threat to no one’s life or health, and was climbing through the broken glass of a door – which somebody else broke – when she was shot. The officer who killed her still has not been named and faces no charges. But this serious error seemed too minor for the editors to mention.

Emphasize every instance of police misconduct, real or imagined? The Times is right there. But mention a dead young woman whose only crime was trespassing? Why bother? She was a pro-Trump conservative. Let her name be forgotten. But don’t try to learn from this. The McCloskeys pointed guns at BLM-Antifa demonstrators who broke their gate off its hinges, trespassed on their property, and threatened them. They shot no one. But they are up on felony charges.

The government can kill with impunity, but you can’t even point a gun without risking prison and impoverishment – and under similar circumstances. If you wanted to express what is wrong in one sentence, this would do nicely.

   

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