CNN and NBC News each purchased video from the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol for $35,000 from a man who has been accused of being a “left-wing grifter” who was later charged by prosecutors for his alleged activities during the riot.
“The defendant, John Sullivan of Utah, has maintained that he attends raucous demonstrations as a journalist, sharing videos through his Insurgence USA website and social media platforms,” Politico reported. “Sullivan’s defense attorney even filed invoices with the court showing that CNN and NBC each paid Sullivan’s firm $35,000 last month for rights to video he filmed of chaotic scenes outside and inside the Capitol, including the deadly shooting of protester Ashli Babbitt by a U.S. Capitol Police officer.”
Federal prosecutors, however, say that not only is Sullivan not an innocent bystander, they allege that he was an instigator who acted in a manner to cause additional chaos during the riot.
“Under the guise of journalism ….