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The Martians Truth Assault On The Airwaves Continues

The National Inquirer was the place to read about martians who raped Elizabeth Taylor and it was fun but of course nobody believed it, and everybody knew it was just entertainment, except for other martians.
That was then, and this is now and the martians are everywhere, only they’re not called martians, they’re the “American Greatness” website and of course Fox News, and scores of other “news” sites, claiming to be alternative journalists, news-speak for liars, propagandists and exploitationists.
They will tell you that President John F. Kennedy was not mortally wounded but actually fell through a false floor in the limo and a perfect lookalike was quickly propped up in his place. If you ask the martian for proof, he or she will respond that “it must be true, I saw it on Fox.” Or they’ll swear, backed up by reliable sources, that the world really is flat.
So here we are days after overwhelming evidence has been ferreted out by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection by trump supporters. Nobody in their right mind could deny that trump committed treason and failed to protect life and liberty, nobody but martians, “American Greatness,” Fox News, et al.
The right wing avalanche to lie and malign the Jan. 6 hearings is in full swing and the damage is done by the relentless lies being foisted on unsophisticated viewers and readers who tend to believe in martians.
Here is what has been shown dramatically by the House committee.
Trump and the Proud Boys were part of an attempted coup orchestrated by trump and resulting in the deadly Capitol assault.
The panel also showed how trump ignored aides and advisers as he declared victory prematurely and relentlessly pressed claims of voter fraud although he was told were wrong. Trump continued pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to reject the electoral college results that Joe Biden was the winner. Trump’s words and actions led supporters to attack the Capitol, while Pence fled for his life.
Trump was personally involved in a scheme to put forward fake electors and pressed state officials to erase his defeat, making violent threats when they refused.
Then the panel looked at trump’s wide-ranging scheme to misuse the Justice Department to maintain power while at least half a dozen Republican members of Congress sought pre-emptive pardons.
Cassidy Hutchinson, ​​a former White House aide, testified that trump knew the crowd on Jan. 6 was armed, but wanted to loosen rather than tighten, security. Hutchinson called Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, disengaged and unwilling to act as rioters approached the Capitol.
The committee further outlined how trump planned to lead a march to the Capitol on Jan. 6 but wanted it to look spontaneous.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said that trump had reached out to a witness and that the committee had alerted the Justice Department of the approach and potential tampering with a witness.
In the final public hearing of the summer, the panel said trump was guilty of dereliction of duty for failing to act to stop the Capitol assault. The committee documented how, for 187 minutes, trump ignored pleas to call off the mob and then refused to say the election was over even a day after the attack.
So what did the real, fake media report. Radio host Mark Levin said on Fox News that there is “absolutely zero evidence that Donald Trump was involved in an effort to violently overthrow our elections or our government. Literally nothing.”
Levin said that if a government rebellion and reversal of the election was trump’s goal, he would have done much more. I say that Levin’s logic is rather odd and totally ludicrous.
Levin hosts a syndicated radio show, “The Mark Levin Show,” as well as “Life, Liberty & Levin” on Fox News. Levin’s stock in trade is being outrageous and incendiary, though frequently not factual, as after the 2020 presidential election, when he told listeners that the Democrats were “stealing the election” and that “there’s lots of evidence of voter fraud and election screw-ups.” The so-called fraud has never been validated and every reputable news organization acknowledges Biden’s victory.
The day before the Jan. 6 insurrection, Levin said, “If we don’t fight on Jan. 6 on the floor of the Senate and the House… then we are done.” Levin’s response the day after the assault was, “It appears nothing has changed in 24 hours… Not a damn thing. The never-Trumpers, the RINOs, the media — same damn thing.”
Levin also has downplayed the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and that the death toll from the flu was higher than the coronavirus. That, again, was simply a lie.
Julie Kelly, a writer for the website, American Greatness, and a frequent guest on Fox News, has referred to January 6 as an “inside job,” suggested it was a false flag, and pushed a conspiracy theory that the FBI planted pipe bombs at the offices of the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee the day before the riot.
Kelly has long raised doubts about the severity of the insurrection and has minimized the deaths of the police officers on the scene that day. An early report from the Capitol Police on Jan. 6 noted that Officer Brian Sicknick died after collapsing from injuries sustained “while physically engaging” with pro-trump rioters. An autopsy later revealed that he had died of a stroke after suffering multiple strokes hours after the attack.
Kelly insists that the riot was not as serious as reported because Sicknick didn’t die the day of the attacks but rather days later of a stroke. It seems irrelevant to Kelly that it is likely that the stress of the violence brought on Sicknick’s strokes.
“But that is not stopping Capitol Police from continuing to peddle the lie that Trump supporters are responsible for his death,” Kelly said.
The reality is that five police officers died and about 150 were injured as a result of Trump loyalists’ attack on the Capitol. Another four in the crowd died.
A promotion by American Greatness regarding Kelly’s appearance on Fox News notes, “For three months the left has claimed the January 6th riot at the capitol was an ‘armed insurrection.’ That narrative is now falling apart under legal scrutiny, as most of those arrested appear unlikely to serve any jail time.” I don’t know what “legal scrutiny” the website refers to but it’s news to me.
American Greatness also claimed that “Evidence has already overwhelmingly suggested that the 45th president wanted the protest on January 6th to be peaceful, such as when he explicitly said in his speech that day that his supporters would be ‘marching over to the Capitol, to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.’” I don’t know what president the website referred to but everything exposed at the House hearings has shown the opposite, that trump was reveling in the violence.
American Greatness is consistent, if nothing else, in its false reporting, as with recent headlines, “Feds Ignore Illegal Alien ID Theft Plaguing Americans” and “Biden Regime Accused of Gaslighting Nation With ‘Soviet Level Propaganda’ after It Attempts to Redefine Recession.” Did someone say martian landings.
In all seriousness, American Greatness claims it is not political and holds “no brief for any particular candidate or policy prescription. On electoral matters, the editors are agnostic.” Really.
Media Matters for America described American Greatness, as “a far-right, nationalist website that hosts January 6 conspiracy theories.”
The media watchdog said that “American Greatness” regularly runs pieces that downplay January 6 and “has accused liberals of being the real coup-plotters.”
“In general, American Greatness aims to stay just barely inside the mainstream discourse, typically avoiding the kind of open white nationalism that can relegate an outlet to being rejected by legacy right-wing media,” Media Matters reported.
Another spin on Jan. 6 revolved around Pam Hemphill, a 69-year-old woman who began a 60-day prison sentence after pleading guilty to trespassing in the Capitol on Jan. 6. The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show on Fox described Hemphill as a grandmother and a cancer patient who was given an unreasonably harsh sentence.
“Think about months of B.L.M. protests all over this country,” said Travis, referring to the Black Lives Matter movement. “How many of those actual rioters are doing 60 days in prison for what they caused? This is absolutely indefensible.”
Trump’s violent and angry insistence that the Secret Service driver take him to the Capitol on Jan. 6 elicited a predictable response from Alex Marlow, the host of Breitbart News Daily, that many trump supporters saw their president as courageous and willing to join the fight.
“Trump was a victim, yet again, of a drive-by smear campaign by the political and media establishments,” Marlow said.

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