(NewsGlobal.com)- Last week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and the other members of the so-called Squad got hammered on social media for pretending to be handcuffed when Capitol Police escorted them away from a pro-abortion protest.
The Squaddies staged the faux “arrest” stunt at the request of a far-left group called “Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund,” a dark money group funded by billionaire George Soros, that wanted the optics of progressive lawmakers being “arrested” for protesting for abortion rights.
The idea was to capture on film the so-called “lawmakers” getting arrested by Capitol Police.
Only the Capitol Police failed to play their part as planned.
Instead of slapping the Squaddies in handcuffs and loading them into police cars, the cops simply escorted them away from the protest, issued citations, and let them go.
To make up for the optics failure, Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and the others placed their hands behind their backs as officers led them away to make it look like they were being hauled away in cuffs.
They did this knowing that the American corporate media would happily play along with the charade.
And the corporate media did exactly that.
ABC News tweeted out photos of both Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar being escorted by officers with their hands behind their backs. Taken from the front, the photos gave the distinct, deliberate impression that both women were handcuffed at the time.
Had they used photographs from the side, or photographs capturing Ocasio-Cortez lifting her fist in solidarity with her fellow activists, ABC News would have at least been honest.
But the idea wasn’t to report the facts but to help the activist “lawmakers” perpetuate the fiction that they were arrested and handcuffed while speaking out for abortion rights.
Conservatives on Twitter immediately called out ABC News for using the deliberately misleading photos. But even after receiving a well-deserved pile-on, ABC News refused to remove the misleading photos.
But that is hardly surprising. From start to finish, this was nothing but a PR campaign staged for the benefit of a compliant and cooperative media.