How Facts Can Mislead

I have attached here the perfect example of how the media misleads with the stories they cover.

Here is a link to a story about an innocent man who while talking on his phone was pepper sprayed by the police.

The story includes a link to the following video:

Here's what the Seattle Times had to say about the inncident:

Jesse Hagopian, a history teacher who gave a speech during the event, says in the claim that as he began to head home in the afternoon to celebrate his 2-year-old son’s birthday, he was walking on the sidewalk in the South Lake Union area talking to his mother on the phone when the officer sprayed him.

During the press conference, Hagopian’s attorney, James Bible, said Hagopian was pepper-sprayed “irrationally” with “No provocation and no reason,” Bible said, characterizing the officer’s assault on innocent citizens as a challenge to free speech.

Watch the video a few times before reading on.

Being the skeptic I noticed a few things about the video right away.  For starters the cop already had the mace out and was in a defensive position before the video even started.  What caused that?

I also noticed how tight the video shot was.  You don't see what's going on behind the few people on the left or what is going on behind the police.

Clearly there is more going on then the video shows but based on that small slice of facts it does look like the cop went off for no justified reason.

But since I questioned what I saw I dug deeper.  For starters, who was Jesse Hagopian.  It points out he was a teacher who spoke at the "event" but doesn't say what the event was other then it being on MLK day.

Searching his name turned up a blog site he runs called on which he mentions his protesting for "Black Lives Matter".  One article titled "Hands Up, Don't Test: Police brutality and the repurposing of education" promotes the false claim about Brown having his hands up.  Several other articles echo the claim about police brutality which helps builds evidence that this is a man who already has a chip on his shoulder against the police and sees them as the bad guys.

Digging deeper uncovered the following YouTube video which shows the same event above from a different angle and covering more of the scene.  The scene in the above video takes place in the top left of the screen in this video.

Watch this one a couple times.

Couple things I noticed right away from this coverage.  For starters there is an injered cop on the ground on the right side of the screen proving this was not a peaceful protest.  Things had turned violent.  It's unclear how the cop was injured or who was involved but clearly something happened that wasn't peaceful.

At roughly 20 seconds into this second video you can see the police with a demonstrator who kicks over several newspaper stands directly behind the cop from the first video.  This was before the first video even started.

Several of the protestors in the center of the video are making jeastures with their hands toward the police.  At 24 seconds in a cop in the center of the video first uses pepper spray on the protestors getting the to back away from the area with the injured officer.

By 30 seconds in they have established a 2nd make shift bike baracade to keep people away from the injured officer.  It's at this same time (roughly 29 seconds in) that the officer from the first video can be seen pulling out her can of mace and at 33 seconds in she begins spraying as well.

Through the rest of the video you can see protestors swinging signs at the police and several stepping toward the police with hands up in agressive poses clearly yelling out.

Further digging turned up the article you can find HERE about the event.

Police say 19 protesters were arrested in the Martin Luther King holiday demonstration that blocked traffic on Highway 99 and the Mercer exit from Interstate 5 in the South Lake Union area.

Police say one officer was assaulted Monday afternoon and treated at Harborview Medical Center.

Protesters chanted “black lives matter” and said they were engaging in civil disobedience to protest police violence.

So we have gone from the original story of the innocent man walking down the street after speaking out at an event who was sprayed for no reason to a group of protestors who blocked traffic, injured a cop while screaming out "black lives matter". 

Interesting how some media sources choose to take that small video clip that doesn't show the whole story and present that as all the facts you need?  Then we wonder why people get so upset and protest in the streets convinced about things that never happened are fact.