Multiple media outlets are under fire after recent evidence has emerged that the January 6th death of Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick likely wasn't caused by blunt force trauma from a fire extinguisher, as many have been reporting for weeks.
A recent story from CNN revealed that medical examiners "did not find signs that the officer sustained any blunt force trauma." That has led investigators to believe that his death was not the result of bludgeoning with a fire extinguisher after all.
The report suggests that Sicknick may have fallen ill due to a pepper spray or bear spray that was utilized against the rioters. It also postulates that the officer may have had a preexisting medical condition.
This evidence runs contrary to the testimony of many mainstream news outlets in the country, including CNN itself.
CNN hosts Poppy Harlow, Anderson Cooper, Ana Cabrera, and Erin Burnett all stated explicitly that Sicknick was murdered by Trump-supporters wielding a fire extinguisher during the Capitol Hill riots.
The New York Times, Associated Press, Slate, the New York Daily News, and others have all made identical claims that now appear to be false.
On January 14, federal officials arrested Robert Sanford after video of the riots showed him attacking police officers with a fire extinguisher. However, his actions were separate from those involving Sicknick. Sanford has never been a suspect in the officer's death.
Media watchdogs are calling on those outlets who falsely reported the circumstances of Sicknick's death to be held accountable, particularly given that the officer's family overtly begged for his death to not be politicized.