Hollywood is taking on the U.S. Capitol riot, which represents a predictably irresistible target for liberals, but a media watchdog predicts it will be heavy on accusations and light on the facts.
According to Variety, Showtime has announced a forthcoming series about the Jan. 6 riot that will be written and directed by Hollywood veterans Billy Ray and Shane Solerno. Both worked on “The Comey Rule,” which was Showtime’s adaption of James Comey’s biography.
The film, which aired last year before Election Day, was mocked for its portrayal of Comey as a patriotic American and for portraying Donald Trump as a bumbling but dangerous “asset” who was in the pocket of Russia and therefore a domestic enemy living in the White House.
Don Irvine of Accuracy in Media tells One News Now he expects much of the same from the new project.
“I think we're going to see what we expect to see out of anything that is anything remotely related to Hollywood,” he says, “and that it will be a very biased, one-sided affair.”
What began with a patriotic “Save America” rally on the Ellipse, which featured a defiant Donald Trump, devolved into a violent riot in and around Capitol Hill. It ended with six people dead including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick and an unarmed civilian, Ashli Babbitt, who was shot dead by a police officer inside the Capitol building.
The hours-long riot also created a gold mine for Democrats. They blame Donald Trump for urging the angry crowd to riot and also blame the violence on far-right groups such as the Proud Boys.
Democrats now commonly refer to the riot itself as a failed “insurrection” against the federal government because the Capitol breach forced the U.S. Senate to delay certification of electoral voting.
For the Showtime producers, the riots also represent a messy topic. One fact is that violent rioters attacked but did not kill Officer Sicknick despite claims by Democrats and the media that he died from injuries while clashing with them.
“He dreamed of being a police officer,” reads a New York Times headline, “then was killed by a pro-Trump mob.”
The Times later reported:
Law enforcement officials initially said Mr. Sicknick was struck with a fire extinguisher, but weeks later, police sources and investigators were at odds over whether he was hit. Medical experts have said he did not die of blunt force trauma, according to one law enforcement official.
There is also the issue of unarmed “insurrectionists” in the Capitol. The claim last month by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) that the rioters were unarmed was declared untrue by Politifact, which pointed out that protesters were armed with everything from bear spray to brass knuckles, and some police officers suffered serious injuries.
It appeared, however, that Sen. Johnson was suggesting in two radio interviews that the so-called “insurrectionists” came poorly prepared to overthrow the government without guns.
“When you hear the word 'armed,' don't you think of firearms?” he said in one interview. “Here's the questions I would have liked to ask: How many firearms were confiscated? How many shots were fired?”
In fact, only one shot was fired during the riot: The police officer who shot Ashli Babbit in the neck, though she was participating in violence.
Video footage from the scene shows a mob clearly attempting to breach locked and barricaded doors with armed police officers on the other side and lawmakers standing behind them. Warned of an officer with a drawn weapon, the rioters keep battering away until a gunshot rings out.
“The liberals, the Democrats, the media, they've all seen an opportunity here,” says Irvine, “to continue to pound away at conservatives, to pound away at Republicans, and to pound away at former President Trump.”