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Media Makes 3 False Claims That Tear Gas Was Used On Peaceful Protesters for Trump Church Visit

A good rule of thumb is that the media lies. It often does this by accepting false narratives and rebroadcasting them without checking the facts. (The media’s vaunted fact checking is targeted externally, most often at conservatives or other political dissenters, but rarely fellow media.)

Here’s a typical fake news headline.

Peaceful Protesters Tear-Gassed To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo-Op – NPR

The reality? Nope.

The United States Park Police (USPP) is committed to the peaceful expression of First Amendment rights. However, this past weekend’s demonstrations at Lafayette Park and across the National Mall included activities that were not part of a peaceful protest, which resulted in injuries to USPP officers in the line of duty, the destruction of public property and the defacing of memorials and monuments. During four days of demonstrations, 51 members of the USPP were injured; of those, 11 were transported to the hospital and released and three were admitted.

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