Propaganda is the only word to describe Fox News’s rallying behind Trump’s chemical attack on peaceful protesters.
On Monday evening at 6:30 p.m., well before the 7 p.m. curfew, the world watched as law enforcement officials violently cleared peaceful protesters from Lafayette Park with tear gas, flash-bang grenades, rubber bullets, and other unknown chemical sprays. Numerous journalists were in the crowd and the abhorrent footage was immediately shown on cable news and all over the world. Tyrant Trump then walked through the park and held up a Bible on the grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church for a photo-op. In the following days, Fox News utilized several semantic arguments to defend the administration’s unconstitutional decision to forcefully clear the protesters. The network’s “news” and “opinion” side once again co-sponsored similar messages in service of their “dear leader”.
Let’s be crystal clear: The Trump administration admitted using chemical products on peaceful protesters and one that the CDC classifies as tear gas. Furthermore, news organizations have collected evidence that additional chemical products were used at the time.
These events have been condemned by Democratic leaders, a very small handful of Republicans, the Episcopal bishop of D.C., and former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, among others. However, Fox immediately downplayed the significance of the events that played out and even continued to praise Trump’s lame photo-op.
Fox news’s propaganda talking heads more directly addressed what happened to the protesters, blaming them for getting roughed up and tear-gassed by police. The hundreds of peaceful protesters, these despicable Fox idiots suggested, had it coming because they were collectively guilty for vandalism at St. John’s the night before. On the supposed straight “news” side of Fox, Ed Henry hosted former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen who repeatedly alleged that the fact that federal authorities used tear gas meant that by definition, the protesters had not been peaceful. “If they were peaceful protesters, there would be no need to use tear gas,” he said. “It means they resisted.”
The same day Fox’s Jesse Watters doubled down saying, “The media is sour now because they were forced to shoot a photo-op of (Trump) demonstrating that he is not going to be intimidated by criminals.” He continued, “It was a very powerful moment for the country. And they are bitter that they had to film it because it deals a big blow to their lawless side.” The Trump campaign and Trump himself has acknowledged, Fox is a propaganda outlet for dictator Trump. And now we know that they are willing to act in defense of violent attacks by his administration against peaceful Americans.”
The Trump campaign sent a request to Media Matters, demanding that they retract the article about Fox News glorifying Trump’s photo-op after tear gas was used on peaceful protesters at Lafayette Square. Their simple response was: No.
The fact of the matter is that Trump’s own CDC classifies one of the sprays in question as “tear gas.” Subsequent reporting also showed that the Trump administration was lying about what was even used at Lafayette Square. The images of people on the screen desperately trying to clean their eyes told the story from the beginning anyway. The Trump administration and the Trump campaign are trying to bully journalists.
Trump’s personal defense attorney, masquerading as attorney general, Bill Barr denied that any chemical irritant was used, a clear lie. Just like they spun Trump’s disastrous response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, right-wing media are now leading the charge in spreading lies about the plain facts of what the administration did and are hoping to bully the rest of the media to go along. No one has to. We all saw what happened.