So much disinformation, so little time left to election day. Malign forces are at work, not always interested in things like equal rights under the law. Which side are they on. Who are they, considering the media manipulation at work.
On Wednesday morning, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea posted a video on Twitter of an NYPD officer on a street corner, facing what look like several blue plastic bins full of bricks or concrete chunks. “This is what our cops are up against,” he wrote. “Organized looters, strategically placing caches of bricks & rocks at locations throughout NYC.”
There is one major issue with that story: VICE has confirmed the video was taken on a street corner in Gravesend, a part of South Brooklyn where no protests, looting or rioting actually occurred. Interviews with both workers in the area and location data from both Snapchat and Instagram show there were no protests anywhere near that corner.
In the case of the New York bins, it is, of course, theoretically possible that well-organized looters with a penchant for doing things the hard way would place bins full of rioting materials on a busy street corner miles from any of the many large protests happening elsewhere in the city, presumably to be picked up later and transported to protests by car, which of course many New Yorkers own, only for those highly conspicuous bins to be found in broad daylight by the police. That is, anyway, the version of events that we’re apparently being asked to believe.x
A synagogue posted Monday to debunk false rumors that its rock-filled anti-terror barrier had been put there by rioters. The AP, BuzzFeed also ran debunkings.
Today the official White House account tweeted the conspiracy nonsense to 23 million followers: https://t.co/nFHLRkRTrp
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 4, 2020
It should always be a crime to choke people to death. The officer who killed George Floyd didnÃ¢ÂÂt see a man with hopes in dreams, he didnÃ¢ÂÂt see a human being at all. #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter #BLM #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) June 3, 2020
NEW: The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Las Vegas PD announce charges against 3 alleged members of the right-wing extremist group “Boogaloo” with violating state & federal laws, “for conspiracy to cause destruction during protests in Las Vegas”, prosecutors say.
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) June 3, 2020
Charging documents say Stephen T. Parshall, aka Ã¢ÂÂKiwi,Ã¢ÂÂ 35, Andrew Lynam, 23, and William L. Loomis, 40, all from Las Vegas were arrested on Saturday on a state criminal complaint for conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism and other charges. A picture of the alleged devices: pic.twitter.com/q9C1Hxrj9T
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) June 3, 2020
A Black man beat COVID-19 only to be murdered by the police. https://t.co/Sij5qZgeHI
— PÃÂ© (@4everNeverTrump) June 4, 2020
The decision to publish this piece and this attempt to defend it is an embarrassment to journalism, a failure of your duty, and an absolute disgrace.
Ã¢ÂÂ Erin Biba (@erinbiba) June 4, 2020
Yep, this oped is worse than the Tom Cotton one pic.twitter.com/jioU4014cj
— Molly Jong-FastÃ°ÂÂÂ¡ (@MollyJongFast) June 4, 2020
Senator Cotton writes, “local law enforcement in some cities desperately needs backup,…” What data support this hypothesis? Have local law enforcement asked for federal help to back them up? Did the Senator consult them before penning his piece? https://t.co/csKLg9Rvss
Ã¢ÂÂ Michael McFaul (@McFaul) June 3, 2020
NEW: George Will: The worst is yet to come. https://t.co/67TgEKYtYx
Ã¢ÂÂ julie k. brown (@jkbjournalist) June 4, 2020
NEW: “This November, End Trump's American Carnage.”
Ã¢ÂÂ Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 3, 2020
What the hell is it with #BunkerBoyTrump and dogs?! ItÃ¢ÂÂs like the only expression he knows
— Svea Elske (@SveaElske) June 3, 2020
Not as weird as this was: pic.twitter.com/iv6db2VY7d
Ã¢ÂÂ Working MI Girl #EliminateWhitePrivilege (@WorkingMIGirl) June 3, 2020