Another clueless reporter is *shocked* that the Jussie Smollett story turned out to be a hoax:
From @AP: Celebrities ‘rallied behind Smollett’ when he alleged MAGA attack. Now, with growing evidence attack was hoax, some conservatives have ‘gleefully seized’ on the news. https://t.co/haqOV2zL4n
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 18, 2019
This is just sad:
The national outrage that simmered after actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs was fueled in part by celebrities who spoke out loud and strong on social media.
But the outrage has now been replaced by surprise, doubt and bafflement as the singers, actors and politicians who came out in support of the “Empire” star struggle to digest the strange twists the case has taken. Some conservative pundits, meanwhile, have gleefully seized on the moment.
The narrative that just a week ago seemed cut-and-dry has become messy and divisive — and it’s all playing out again on social media.
If there was a “national outrage” over the dubious incident, it was limited to gullible left-wing journalists, celebrities, politicians, and activists.
The “narrative” only seemed “cut-and-dry” to people who were looking at the case through lenses clouded by their anti-Trump bias. It seemed made up to those of us who noticed that Smollett’s allegations were outlandish, implausible, and riddled with inconsistencies from the get-go.
Yet even as his story started falling apart (which happened almost immediately), the national media clung to their precious narrative.
There’s been much commentary in the past few days about the MSM’s lack of critical thinking skills in covering not only the Jussie Smollett “hate crime” fairy tale, but a number of other bogus stories as well.
Over the years, the MSM has fallen for hundreds of hate crime hoaxes, reporting on them as if they were confirmed facts, rather than mere allegations. By the time the story is proven to be a hoax, the media has already moved on to the next manufactured outrage. This phenomenon has only increased since the election of President Trump. Yet people still expressed shock and surprise when it became obvious that Smollett had staged his own hate crime.
Author Roxane Gay tweeted Saturday that she doesn’t know what to say, but that the situation is a “mess” and a “travesty.”
“I genuinely thought no one, and especially no one that famous, could make something like that up,” Gay wrote. “The lie is so damaging. The time the CPD has spent/wasted on this. The people who supported him.”
The AP goes on to note that “there is a consensus among those who very vocally supported Smollett from the outset, it’s that no matter what happens in this case, they will still believe victims.”
DuVernay said: “Whatever the outcome, this won’t stop me from believing others. It can’t.”
Gay echoed her sentiments, tweeting that she does not regret believing Smollett.
“I’m not going to stop believing people who say they have suffered,” Gay wrote. “Because more often than not they are telling the truth.”
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SOURCE: PJ Media, Debra Heine