The thread about the Capitol Breached thing got closed here on mid-January. That had the unfortunate effect if preventing the debunking there of two now known lies told by the media at the time, and which featured preeminently on the discussions. But it occurs to me that these lies are a story by themselves, and more, a test of where that country is headed. Lie #1: the NYT claim that a police officer had been killed by being bashed on the head with a fire extinguished and "with a bloody gash in his head" was "rushed to the hospital and placed on life support". This was published on January 8, without evidence, and uncritically repeated in numerous other media. All of this narrative were lies. The only fact was that Sicknick indeed died hours after the events, without wounds and without any established correlation with what had happened in the Capitol. Why was this story planted? Was the NYT merely naive? If so why didn't they check in the following days, and instead kept up the lies? Lie #2: the plot to kidnapp congressmen: the zip ties that motivated those conspiracy theories had been picked up within the building, not brought by any of those who invaded it. So, based on these lies, shamelessly fed by most mainstream media when the subject was "hot", people here talked about "terrorism". About killing the invaders of the building, as indeed one was killed. Rather nasty things that without those excuses of being a "fight against an insurrection" would be considered dangerous hate speech. But because one party had already been falsely demonized as organized coup plotters and murderers, they were fair game? Most didn't even pause to consider "is it true?". Did you? Even though the media has been lying shamelessly about politics, since like forever? If someone could carry the Gulf of Tonkin incident and subscribe to the manufacture of a war that killed millions, if decades later they carried the "iraqui WMPD" lies, what's a little lie and incitement to keep sliding into a domestic police state with more home terrorism laws? So, to those who few for these two lies in the narrative presented then: do you regret having fallen for these lies? Will you exercise more caution on opinion in the future around controversial or suspicious matters until the dust clears, avoiding reaction on the hot media takes? Or can you rationalize away the examples because "Trump is bad and these deplorable deserve to be punished regardless"? Making a poll because I really think that this is the question which can best predict whether the US will keep its slide into a hellhole or will manage to reverse course and get out of it. I don't know whether this is still black humor or an accurate depiction of the mood there in February 2021! But I suspect it's becoming reality soon.