“When in Doubt, Tell the Truth.”
Mr. O’Rourke takes issue with two of Steve Herrick’s conclusions reached in his March 15 letter and puts his own spin on truth and lying in our culture. The first issue is who was the culprit in the SolarWinds hack. The latest information shows there were hacks from both Russia and China. Reuters recently reported that hackers from China independently exploited a separate flaw in the SolarWinds products at approximately the same time. Some U.S. cybersecurity experts are now looking into whether the two hacks were really a coincidence or if China timed its efforts to take advantage of the distraction created by the Russian hack.
His second complaint has to do with the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. Mr. O’Rourke defends Mr. Sinton, who wrote the original opinion referring to the protesters as “cop killers.” This is not only incorrect, but unnecessarily provocative. Officer Sicknick, the Capitol policeman, was sprayed with what appears to be bear spray and passed away the following day from a stroke. Ms. Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed Air Force veteran and protester, was shot and killed by a Capitol policeman. Mr. Sinton did not find it necessary to refer to the Capitol policeman as a “protester killer.” Both deaths are currently being investigated.
It is totally fair of him to state his opinion about the Jan. 6 riots, but I need to take exception when he uses a debunked hoax to support that opinion. Maybe a little TDS here but the “Charlottesville fine people hoax” refers to what President Trump said following the Charlottesville riots in August 2017 where he was alleged by the media to have called neo-Nazis “very fine people.” As shown on the un-edited video and transcript easily found on the internet, he said the opposite, “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists. They should be condemned totally.” The media was wrong, and they knew they were wrong but continued the hoax. Of course, politicians lie, but it is up to the media to investigate issues and report the facts, not promote an agenda.
Compared to the Big Lie, the Russian Collusion could be referred to as the Huge Lie or Nuclear Lie. It began with the accusation that Trump was a Russian agent and won the 2016 election by colluding with Russia. Of course, there was never proof of these accusations, but the plan almost worked. The government appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel in charge of the collusion investigation but he and his team of over 20 lawyers and $35 million, could never prove collusion. While testifying under oath, Mr. Mueller could not remember anything about the Steele dossier or Fusion GPS. Also, under oath, James Comey, head of the FBI, when asked about details from his own investigation claimed 245 times that he could not remember. The investigation was a complete failure. The Dept. of Justice’s Michael Horowitz, a non-partisan inspector general, found widespread wrongdoing at both the FBI and DOJ. The whole episode was supported by a web of lies from government officials, journalists, politicians, and media, severely damaged the reputation of the FBI, our principal law enforcement agency, and nearly took down a sitting president. The frightening thing is nobody, other than a few minor players, have been held accountable for their lies.
“When in doubt, tell the truth. It will confound your enemies and astound your friends.” - Mark Twain.