It says this in the headline:
Inside the push to tear-gas protesters ahead of a Trump photo op
Stop. Full stop.
That is a bold-faced lie. Here is what really happened according to reporting by a real journalist, Neal Augenstein of WTOP:
A source says tear gas was never used — instead smoke cannisters were deployed, which don’t have an uncomfortable irritant in them. And, the source says Park Police didn’t know President Trump would be walking across the park several minutes later.
In fact, in a live report on Bret Baier’s Special Report, Fox’s White House correspondent Kevin Corke was on the scene in the middle of the crowd, and specifically said that the police were using “smoke” — not gas, but “smoke.”
Which is to say, willfully, deliberately, the Washington Post is reporting something that the Park Police say is not true and that journalist Corke — a real journalist — reported — live and on camera — to be not gas but smoke.
The headline — the accurate headline — is at, of course, Fox News:
Park Police say DC protesters cleared because they attacked cops, not because of Trump church visit: report
Not mentioned either in the Post story is what Fox took note of — that the police were being hit with water bottles and that protesters had climbed atop “a structure at the north end of Lafayette Square that had been attacked and burned a day earlier.”
And oh yes. Augenstein also says that a source told him the “Park Police didn’t know President Trump would be walking across the park several minutes later.”
Incredibly, Brendan Buck, a former aide to Speaker Paul Ryan, is quoted as saying this to the Post:
“We long ago lost sight of normal, but this was a singularly immoral act,” said Brendan Buck, a longtime former Hill aide who is now a Republican operative. “The president used force against American citizens, not to protect property, but to soothe his own insecurities. We will all move on to the next outrage, but this was a true abuse of power and should not be forgotten.”
Say what? Not a word of this is true. Not … one … word. Police officers were being physically assaulted, and “protesters” were atop a building they had already tried to burn. None of which has to do with imagined presidential “insecurities.” What “should not be forgotten” is that we are smack in the middle of an attempt by violent anarchists to injure or kill police officers and burn property, including, in this instance, one of the oldest churches in Washington. And the liberal media is making it their business to shield them — and not report the facts.
In short? Ya can’t make it up. Unless you are the Washington Post.
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