Brock Benson | Civil Patriot
In a shocking turn of events, Antifa activist John Earle Sullivan was reportedly paid multiplied thousands of dollars by CNN, NBC, and ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) for his footage of what happened inside the Capitol on January 6th.
Prior to entering the Capitol, Sullivan’s “Insurgence USA” (a group that describes itself as “the revolution”) held a January 6th protest, which they labeled “Kick These Fascists out of D.C.” It took place at roughly the same time the Trump rally was happening at the National Mall. At the rally, Sullivan encouraged a crowd of protestors to “f*cking rip Trump” out of the White House.
From there, he went to the U.S. Capitol wearing a Trump hat, which he admittedly bought so that he would appear to be a Trump supporter. Pretending to be a journalist, he entered the building with a large camera on his shoulder and caught a significant amount of footage.
“Under the guise of journalism … he is engaged in and incited violent activity, including the kind of destructive society we saw on Jan. 6,” prosecutor Candice Wong later told the court.
In the footage, Sullivan is heard entering the building and encouraging others to enter and burn the place down. His alleged accomplice, a blonde named Jade Sacker can be heard saying, “We did it! You were right! We did it!”
To which Sullivan responds: “Dude, I was trying to tell you. I couldn’t say much. Is this not going to be the best film you’ve ever made in your life?”
Along the way, he caught a considerable amount of video footage of the chaos inside the Capitol, including footage of Ashli Babbit’s shooting. Invoices filed with the U.S. District Court for D.C. show that CNN paid Sullivan $35,000 for that footage. NBC paid him the same ($35k) and ABC paid him $2375.
The following statement has since been released from CNN:
“On January 6th, CNN was contacted by a reputable agent regarding an eye-witness video from the Capitol Hill riots. The company entered into a one-week agreement for use of 44-seconds of key content, which was attributed to the witness on air. When his role in the event was later called into question, the company informed staff to cease all use of the video,” a CNN spokesperson said.
Sullivan was charged for allegedly committing crimes that include violent entry, civil disorder, and disorderly conduct.
Prosecutors don’t believe Sullivan was an innocent bystander or that he showed up only to chronicle the events. They contend he encourages violence and that he even instructs viewers on how to make Molotov cocktails and evade ID by police.
A federal judge has instructed Sullivan to quit working for Insurgence USA. He was also instructed not to use social media platforms to stir up riots or violent protests and is under order to remain at home as his case progresses.