On Friday afternoon, FoxNews.com’s Audrey Conklin torpedoed a declare from Huffington Submit reporter Matt Fuller that mentioned Congressman Russ Fulcher (R-ID) was beneath investigation with Capitol Police for having “manhandled” an African-American feminine officer at a safety checkpoint.
Worse but for Fuller and some different information shops, the Capitol Police itself released a letter to accompany each Conklin’s reporting and Fulcher’s denials, stating that “there is no such thing as a present investigation into an alleged or rumored incident….involving Congressman Fulcher.”
First, Fuller’s claims. Again on February 17, he despatched out a ten-tweet thread saying he had been interviewed by Capitol Police about two investigations with one pertaining to “the potential assault of an officer by a Member of Congress.”
Fuller insisted he was a witness to the white Republican “manhandling” and “very aggressively brush a feminine officer apart after he set the magnetometer” exterior the Home chamber on January 12, simply six days after the January 6 terror assault.
Fuller added in one other tweet and, within the subsequent, he tied the incident to those that stormed the Capitol:
Quick-forward to the seventh tweet and Fuller insisted that the story must be “greater information” whereas, within the subsequent one, he mocked a Fulcher thread supporting Capitol Police as “fairly wealthy.”
Issues festered as Fuller’s tweet unfold, each regionally and nationally. Again in Idaho, Boise-area NBC affiliate KTVB promptly published an merchandise on February 17 after which Idaho Statesmen and Spokesman Review penned a narrative the next day.
The New Republic flagged this incident on February 13 as a part of a bit claiming Republicans don’t truly assist “regulation and order” whereas New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, and The Week, The Wrap did the identical on February 12.
However as we discovered on Friday, there was no “present investigation” and, because of this, Fulcher mentioned this in an announcement:
This example has been demoralizing to me and distracting to the individuals I signify. Assaults on coverage positions are one factor, however this was designed to tear down character. Sadly, this occasion represents only one symptom of the cancel tradition on Capitol Hill. This tradition is to create and rejoice as many partisan controversies as doable. The statue of Freedom behind razor wire – to suggest ongoing, crucial threats from residents. Metallic detectors on the Home flooring – to suggest member-to-member threats, and members portrayed responsible of fabricated controversies with no due course of. We now have acquired to discover a option to flush the divisiveness if we’re to offer the American individuals the illustration they deserve.”
These individuals will do something to make use of the occasions of January 6 to label any and all conservatives and Republicans as insurrectionists and terrorists, so anytime liberal journalists spin up some nonsense, it must be each referred to as out and mocked.