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President Trump has issued a statement thanking the Interior Department inspector general for "Totally exonerating" him regarding the June 1 expulsion of protestors from Lafayette Park shortly before he walked over to St. John's Church.

"Thank you to the Department of the Interior Inspector General for Completely and Totally exonerating me in the clearing of Lafayette Park!" Trump said. "As we have said all along, and it was backed up in today's highly detailed and professionally written report, our fine Park Police made the decision to clear the park to allow a contractor to safely install antiscale fencing to protect from Antifa rioters, radical BLM protestors, and other violent demonstrators who are causing chaos and death to our cities. In this instance, they tried burning down the church the day before the clearing. Fortunately, we were there to stop the fire from spreading beyond the basement—and it was our great honor and privilege to do so. Again, thank you to the Inspector General!"

In a report about its review of the actions U.S. Park Police (USPP) engaged in to clear protestors in and around the park, the watchdog said the evidence did not support a determination that the park had been cleared so that Trump could venture over to the church.:snip:

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Media Caught In Yet Another Massive Anti-Trump Lie; Will Election Fraud Be Next?

More than a year after the events at Lafayette Square happened, and after endless media claims that President Donald Trump had peaceful protesters forcibly cleared for a photo op, we finally know the truth. Trump was right. The media were lying. And anyone who trusted the news accounts was a fool.

It’s enough to make us start to wonder why anyone should trust the media’s insistence that there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

Yesterday, the Interior Department’s inspector general released a report about what actually happened in Lafayette Square on June 1, 2020. As a refresher, here’s how the media reported it:

  • “Peaceful Protesters Tear-Gassed To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo Op”
  • “Protesters Dispersed With Tear Gas So Trump Could Pose at Church”
  • “Tear gas, flash-bangs used to clear protesters from Lafayette Square before surprise President Trump photo op”
  • “Republicans chastise Trump for ousting protesters, church photo op”
  • “Tear Gas Clears Way for Trump Moment at Church Damaged in Unrest”

Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats repeatedly trotted this story out during the presidential campaign to besmirch Trump:snip:

 

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The Media Didn’t ‘Get It Wrong’ On Lafayette Park, They Lied To America — And They’re Still Lying

On June 1, 2020 and afterward, corporate media didn't simply get it wrong, they flagrantly and shamelessly lied to Americans in order to hurt the president.

Christopher Bedford

June 11, 2021

We were treated to what at first appeared to be rare mea culpa this week as reporters read the Department of the Interior inspector general’s report on the riots and police response in Lafayette Park last summer and appeared shocked to find that the Park Police and Attorney General Bill Barr and even President Donald Trump were telling the truth when they said the crowd was going to be dispersed before police knew the president was thinking of coming down there.

It’s rare to see what looks remotely like self-reflection in our self-obsessed corporate media, so it would be nice to nod and smile and move on, but is it an acknowledgement of error — or is it even basic self-reflection — if the sin isn’t addressed all all? As in, if the problem isn’t admitted? Because on June 1, 2020 (and what followed), corporate media didn’t simply get it wrong, they flagrantly and shamelessly lied to Americans in order to hurt the president.

 

But first, a quick montage of the coverage.

(Snip)

The president may have moved down to Florida, but there is an insular feedback loop in Washington that is indeed amplified by a worship of validation from reporters it agrees with, and which truly doesn’t appear likely to diminish in the coming years. For corporate media to see that would take a little self-reflection — and a true apology for lying to the entire country.

And it isn’t coming.

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