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The New York Times falsely labeled a conservative reporter as a rioter in the mob at the Capitol on Wednesday.

On Sunday, the Times published an article with a photo of shirtless Daily Caller videographer Richie McGinniss talking to police through shattered Capitol windows. While McGinniss was simply reporting on the day’s chaotic events, just as he had done with the Black Lives Matter riots last summer, even rendering aid to a dying victim in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after shots rang out in late August, the Times misconstrued his role as being part of the mob, claiming he was a rioter who “punched the door after being pepper-sprayed and forced out of the building.”

[WATCH: From Kenosha To Portland: How Two Young Reporters Covered The Riots Better Than The Corporate Press]

“I know things were a hectic, but I find it rather shocking the ease with which the NYT invented a story about a credentialed reporter out of whole cloth and then published it,” wrote Daily Caller editor-in-chief Geoffrey Ingersoll. “Given how rapidly the FBI is arresting people, the NYT should take pains to get this stuff right.”

“Look at this caption. He was literally pointing at his phone that he dropped in the melee, it had all his work on it from the day,” Ingersoll continued.

Others, including Megyn Kelly, also weighed in on the Times’s mistake and defended McGinniss for simply doing his job.

“Embarrassing screw up by the NYT against a great reporter @RichieMcGinniss who has put himself in danger many times & been all over the news this year talking about his work. (He got maced in the chaos which is why his shirt was off.) Check your facts, NYT,” she wrote on Twitter.

The Times later changed the caption and issued a small correction at the bottom of the article the same day it was published.

“A picture caption with an earlier version of this essay misidentified the shirtless man shown outside a broken window at the Capitol. He was a videographer working for The Daily Caller, a right-wing website, not one of the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol,” the correction read.

The newer caption, however, still refers to the Daily Caller as

“While we’re at it, the NYT correction makes no attempt to correct the implication. Instead, they say the ‘right wing’ reporter was somehow adjacent to the violence and property destruction. This is sickening behavior from the paper of record. Be up front when you f-ck up,” Ingersoll wrote. “It’s really dumbfounding. Invent a negative story about a person, publish it, then ‘correct’ it by leaving in the implication.”

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.



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Former President Trump on Wednesday afternoon praised the career of conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who has died of cancer.

“He loved his country, and he loved his fans,” Trump said on the Fox News Channel. “He is a legend.”

The interview was Trump’s first since the conclusion of his Senate impeachment trial last week.

Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, announced her husband’s death earlier in the day on his radio show. He had been diagnosed about a year ago with Stage-IV lung cancer. He was 70.

The president also said he had a personal friendship with Limbaugh, who was an early supporter of his 2016 presidential bid and who, like Trump, thought the president won reelection in 2020.

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Rep. Bennie Thompson is targeting former President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers in a suit alleging that they conspired to incite the violence that transpired at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of the long-serving Mississippi Democrat by the NAACP and the Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll law firm claims that the defendants broke the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act by attempting to meddle in Congress’s certification of the Electoral College count, according to NPR.

“The insurrection at the Capitol was a direct, intended, and foreseeable result of the Defendants’ unlawful conspiracy,” the lawsuit claims. “It was instigated according to a common plan that the Defendants pursued since the election held in November 2020.”

According to the outlet, Thompson told reporters on Tuesday: “I am privileged to partner with the NAACP to have my day in court so that the perpetrators of putting members of Congress at risk can be held accountable.”

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Trump was acquitted on Saturday in his Senate impeachment trial in a 57-43 vote. While a majority of senators voted that the former commander-in-chief was guilty regarding the single article of impeachment that was passed by the House last month during Trump’s waning days in office, the 57 guilty votes failed to clear the two-thirds supermajority required to secure a conviction.

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The watchdog organization said in a press release that it filed the suit under the common law right of access to public records following the Capitol Police declining to provide materials sought in a Jan. 21 request.

“The public has a right to know about how Congress handled security and what all the videos show of the US Capitol riot,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “What are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer trying to hide from the American people?”

The January request sought all video from within the U.S. Capitol during a nine-hour period on Jan. 6.

The request also sought “Email communications between the U.S. Capitol Police Executive Team and the Capitol Police Board concerning the security of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The timeframe of this request is from January 1, 2021 through January 10, 2021,” according to Judicial Watch. The request also sought, “Email communications of the Capitol Police Board with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concerning the security of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The timeframe of this request is from January 1, 2021 through January 10, 2021,” according to the watchdog group.

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