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Added 08-27-21 02:34:02pm EST - “THE DAILY NEWSLETTER ?" FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2021 MEDIA WINNER: Lester Holt For more than seven months, the identity of the Capitol Police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt during the January 6 storming of the Capitol remained undisclosed…” - Mediaite.com
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For more than seven months, the identity of the Capitol Police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt during the January 6 storming of the Capitol remained undisclosed to the public. On Thursday, that officer revealed himself in an interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt.
Along with his fellow officers, Lieutenant Michael Byrd was protecting 60 to 80 House members hunkered down nearby when he fired a single fatal shot that hit Babbitt as she tried to force her way through a barricaded door inside the Capitol.
Several investigations have cleared Byrd of any wrongdoing, but former President Donald Trump and some of his supporters have attempted to paint Babbitt as a martyr criticizing Byrd for taking that shot.
NBC’s exclusive interview with Byrd was a feather in the network’s cap, to be sure, but the balance and thoughtfulness Holt brought to the interview deserves special mention. He asked difficult questions in order to tell a more complete story of what happened that day.
Pro Tip: In the aftermath of a terrorist attack that has claimed lives, “#DealWithIt” is not a good hashtag to tweet. This is a lesson that MSNBC’s Malcolm Nance should have learned before Thursday, but he didn’t.
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