For two long years, there was absolutely zero interest in making footage of the events of January 6, 2021, available to the public. But when McCarthy made them available to a news outlet, suddenly everyone wanted them.
Immediately after the Capitol Riot, the American public was given a handful of curated clips by the powers that be, and that was treated as representative of the entire footage of the day’s events.
There was no further interest by journalists or most of the public in getting more. The only exceptions were those who suspected there was more to the story than what we were being told.
The entire day was (or so we were assured) characterized by chaos and mayhem, with the participants being denounced as wild-eyed psychopaths who were hellbent on murder and (in AOC’s telling of the story, anyway) perhaps even rape.
The so-called Q-Anon Shaman was the most colorful of the cast of characters for the day, so he got a big slice of attention as he captured the public’s imagination.
The big news networks used sweeping language and invective to denounce him as dangerous and scum of the earth. Some people even publicly lamented that Capitol Police didn’t shoot him dead on sight.
CNN reported this about his sentencing:
The Justice Department had asked for Chansley to receive a harsh sentence as a way to set an example among the January 6 rioters, and prosecutors have positioned Chansley as emblematic of a barbaric crowd.
His actual name is Jacob Chansley. Chansley, a navy veteran, has already spent more time in prison than people who tried to storm the White House in June of 2020 or burn down a Portland courthouse, with people still inside of it.
With a 41-month sentence, Jacob faces more serious consequences than the people behind 50% of homicides that go unsolved in America.
But now we have footage of this supposed menace walking quietly through the building, he is escorted by police who are opening doors for him.
It is difficult to square a 41-month prison sentence with footage of the man walking alone flanked on either side by a police escort who sometimes even lead him and open doors for him with what Pelosi, Schiff, Cheney, Kinsinger, Garland, Biden and the press have said about him and many others like him.
What other details were deliberately misrepresented to ramp the fear up to maximum effect?