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The Media’s Fake Tragedy

One of the most widely reported incidents coming out of the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill was the tragic death of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.  The news services with the most interest in spinning the riot against President Trump repeatedly reported that Sicknick was killed – murdered – by a Trump supporter, who hit the officer in the head with a fire extinguisher.

The Sicknick narrative was the most heart-wrenching story.  While the media reported that five people died in the rioting, Sicknick was the easiest to spin against Trump.  After all, he was a law enforcement person protecting the Congress and the Capitol Building.  Three others were Trump supporters who died during some unspecified medical emergencies.  The fifth was alleged to be a Trump supporter shot by Capitol Hill police.

Yes, those deaths are tragic – as are the deaths of all people who seem to have their lives cut short at an early age.  But the idea that Sicknick died from a blow to the head with a fire extinguisher by a Trump supporter has begun to unravel.

The real cause of the Capitol Police Officer’s death

First, an autopsy failed to find any “blunt trauma” injuries to Sicknick’s body or head.  He also was not knocked unconscious at the scene.  Sicknick did not seek medical care for any injury.  Rather, he left Capitol Hill to return to his office – where he suddenly collapsed and died several hours later.

The coroner has not announced the cause of Sicknick’s death. So, we cannot be sure if the death was related to his activities at the scene of the rioting or not.  Anything is possible. He could have died from internal bleeding. He could have been poisoned.

The only thing we do know is that he was not bludgeoned to death at the scene with a fire extinguisher.  It is possible – likely – that reporters conflated a different incident – intentionally or inadvertently — involving a different officer who was hit by a fire extinguisher and sustained only minor injuries.  The assailant in that case has been arrested and charged.

There is another problem with the media’s claim that Sicknick was killed in an attack by a Trump supporter.  They are making that up.  Despite the ubiquitous devices recording just about every aspect of the rioting, there is no video of the alleged attack on Sicknick. There are no eyewitness reports.  There is no suspect.

Even if Sicknick was attacked – and fatally injured – there is no evidence at this point as to who might have attacked Sicknick – and certainly no evidence that it was a Trump supporter.  The press reports were not speculative.  They were blatant lies.

And even if it turns out that Sicknick was attacked and killed by a Trump rioter – which seems unlikely at this point — it does not vindicate the earlier false reporting motivated by political bias against Trump, Republicans and conservatives.  It stands as yet another example of the corruption of the left-wing news media.

However Sicknick died, it is a tragedy for his family and friends – and police colleagues.  Most everyone has experienced the loss of a loved one.  But such a tragedy should not be turned into a mockery for political advantage.  Shame on the media that used Sicknick’s death to fraudulently advance their specious narrative.

So, there ‘tis.

Larry Horist
So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. First please forgive me if I spell anything wrong . all I have seen and read of the attack on the 6th the police have only arrest democrats not one Republican and Nancy Pelosi started the rumor she was afraid for life makes me think she Nancy paid these people to do the attack so Mr Trump would get the blame please tell me if I am wrong


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