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Seven Ugly Lessons About the Media From Jussie Smollett’s Debacle

By Christian Toto | 23 February 2019

NEWS BUSTERS — It’s all but official. Empire co-star Jussie Smollett lied about getting attacked by two Trump supporters on a sub-zero Chicago street.

Smollett says two men attacked him, doused him with bleach, threw a noose-like rope around his neck and yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him. Oh, and one cried something about being in “MAGA country,” meaning President Donald Trump’s supporters were to blame.

Smollett’s story had gaping holes in it from Day One.

Why couldn’t the cops recover any video footage of the attack despite a plethora of cameras working around the scene of the “crime?”

Who plans to mug someone in sub-sub zero temperature at 2 a.m.?

Why did Smollett ask the police to turn off their body cameras during the initial interrogation?

Just how many loud and proud MAGA-wearing souls live in hard-left Chicago?

Bleach freezes around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. How could it be liquid during the attack?

That’s just a partial list.

Still, most media outlets focused on the alleged attack over those critical questions. The narrative proved irresistible for our biased press. A gay black man assaulted by Trump supporters?

Stop the cyber presses!

Kyle Smith serves up a strong recap of their malfeasance at the New York Post.

The story seemed scientifically engineered for The Resistance TM. And, sadly, today’s reporters too often belong to that group.

Smollett insisted this weekend he didn’t stage the attack in question, even while lawyering up. It’s a perfect time to look back and see what we’ve learned from this news cycle.

The short version? It isn’t pretty. The longer one? It’s a seven-step process. […]

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