Cops now suspect that actor Jussie Smollett staged what was first investigated as a hate crime, Chicago police sources are telling various news outlets, making this the latest of several local and national incidents in which people are suspected of inventing hate crimes — which often reference President Trump.
The Jussie Smollett case, in which a young black, gay actor has apparently concocted a tale of being attacked by two white men wearing MAGA hats and shouting anti-gay slurs, is just the latest example of how desperately media elites want to confirm their favored narrative about America: that the country is endemically and lethally racist, sexist, and homophobic, and that the election of Donald Trump both proves and reinforces such bigotry.
-Heather Mac Donald
As the story unraveled and as police began to prove it was obviously all a hoax, CNN went full-bore in the other direction, finally turning against the Empire star, with a panel of guests denouncing what what many suspected all along — that Smollett staged a hate crime hoax.
Smollett’s story never made sense, and it came completely unraveled last week after Chicago police apprehended two of the Empire actor’s friends when they flew into O’Hare Airport, returning from a trip to Nigeria.
According to reports by Chicago’s WBBM-TV and other outlets, brothers Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo were paid $3,500 by Smollett to stage the fake hate crime.
-Robert Stacy McCain
Liberal, Hate, Character, Smears, Lie, Hoax
On Thursday morning Empire star Jussie Smollett gave his first on-air interview after being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago.
“I’m pissed off,” Smollett told Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts. “What is it that has you so angry? Is it the attackers?” said Roberts. “It’s the attackers, but it’s also the attacks. At first, it was a thing of, like, ‘Listen, if I tell the truth, then that’s it. Because it’s the truth,” he said. “Then it became a thing of, like, ‘Oh, it’s not necessarily that you don’t believe that this is the truth, you don’t even want to see the truth.”
Smollett Propagating His Hoax on "Good Morning America"...
“I heard ‘Empire.’ And I don’t answer to Empire. My name ain’t Empire. And I didn’t answer. I kept walking. And then I heard ‘faggot Empire nigger.’
So, I turned around and I said, ‘Fuck did you just say to me?’ And then I see the attacker, masked. And he said, ‘This is MAGA country, nigger.’ Punches me right in the face. So, I punched his ass back.”
"This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate."
-Kamala Harris, Fooled By Social Justice Hoax, Jan 29 2019
"Empire" star Jussie Smollett was brutally attacked by 2 men who beat him up, put his head in a noose and screamed, "This is MAGA country." -TMZ, Jan 29 2019
“Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the television show ‘Empire,’ was attacked in Chicago by 2 assailants who yelled racial and homophobic slurs,” tweeted the New York Times on Jan. 29.
Mark the tone of absolute certainty about an unconfirmed claim. Many other news outlets took the same tack. “Celebrities, lawmakers rally behind Jussie Smollett in wake of brutal attack,” reported ABC News.
Instead we once again see CNN and virtually all other left-leaning mainstream outlets spreading legitimately fake news like wild-fire merely because a given narrative is politically and ideologically convenient to their corporate owners, because you know... MAGA.
The mere mention of "White men in MAGA hats" immediately crushes the mainstream's ability for critical analysis, as many recent instances of embarrassing media mea culpas prove.
And they are becoming too many to count of late.
Making such astonishing claims, the national media owed it to their viewers to give this story the circumspect coverage responsible journalism demands.
Instead the major media used their platform to uncritically parrot TMZ’s original report, even adding new details along the way (such as that the attackers wore “Make America Great Again” hats). This vicious hate crime, they said, painted a disturbing picture of America in 2019.
Uncritical Media Buys Smollett Hoax
It Fit The Preferred Narrative
The New York Times: Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the television show “Empire,” was attacked in Chicago by 2 assailants who yelled racial and homophobic slurs. The incident is being investigated as “a possible hate crime,” according to the police.
GQ Magazine: The racist, homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett is far-right America's endgame.
Liberal, Narrative, Smears, Lie, Media, Hoax, Trump
At some point during the attack, one of the suspects wrapped a rope around the actor's neck.
Empire star Jussie Smollett was attacked early Tuesday morning in what Chicago police are calling a possible hate crime, authorities confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
The 36-year-old actor was exiting a restaurant in the 300 block of East North Water Street when two suspects began yelling racial and homophobic slurs toward him. They then proceeded to attack Smollett, punching him before pouring an unknown chemical substance over him, police said. At some point during the attack, one of the suspects wrapped a rope around Smollett's neck...
Around 4:35 p.m., police confirmed to THR that Smollett told them his attackers yelled pro-"Make America Great Again" (MAGA) comments during the attack, such as "MAGA country!"
The media has comported itself badly as well. Almost immediately after getting the Covington Catholic story so wrong, many in the news industry immediately accepted the Smollett story as true.
(CNN) - "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was attacked in the early morning hours on Tuesday in what Chicago police are calling a possible hate crime.
Liberal, Narrative, Oops, Media, Hoax, Trump
Musician and Empire actor Jussie Smollett is recovering in a Chicago hospital after falling victim to a hate crime.
According to That Grape Juice, Smollett received a “chilling threat” in the mail prior to the attack. The sender cut out letters from a magazine, spelling out, “You will die Black f*g,” alongside a drawing of a stick figure hanging from a tree with a gun its face. The envelope appears to say “MAGA” (Make America Great Again) in the upper left corner, though it is not entirely clear.
Empire star Jussie Smollett was assaulted early Tuesday morning in Chicago, in an attack that may have been motivated by racism and homophobia. In a statement released by the Chicago PD to the Hollywood Reporter and the Huffington Post, police said they are investigating the incident as a battery and a possible hate crime.
ABC’s Robin Roberts scored an interview with the man who sparked a worldwide media blockbuster after claiming he was the victim of a vicious, racist, homophobic hate crime.
Actor Jussie Smollett, who says he was randomly attacked by two Trump-supporting fanatics in the middle of a Chicago night two weeks ago, discussed the incident for the first time Thursday morning.
Roberts used the sit down to address widespread doubts about the veracity of Smollett’s story, repeatedly assuring viewers his story is credible...
“If the attackers are never found,” she asked at one point, “How will you be able to heal?”
Hate, Violence, Character, Threats, Academia, Video
Chicago Police say they are still searching for the assailants who attacked "Empire" star Jussie Smollett early Tuesday morning in what Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi says they are investigating as a "possible hate crime."... 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the show, condemned the attack on the actor in a public statement on Tuesday afternoon.
To many, the Smollett incident — and the political nature of the assault — is yet another reminder for many black gay Americans that this president’s vision of a “great America” does not appear to include them.
-Washington Post's Eugene Scott, Fooled By Social Justice Hoax
False Quote Driven By "Good Intentions"...
Vox's Liz Plank's hot take on the "This is MAGA country" quote repeatedly featured and spread by the mainstream is that it was driven by "good intentions".
Conservatives Need To Be Enlightened...
"I’m sure that every conservative who has embraced the "Make America Great Again" slogan isn’t a bigot.
Many in their right minds wouldn’t want to be affiliated, even by association, with Smollett’s attackers in any way.
Enlightening them to what is reportedly being done in the name of MAGA, though, may make them more aware of how stupidly destructive this strain of culture has become."
THIS HATE CRIME against our brother @jussiesmollett is proof that no matter how famous you may be it still does not protect you from vicious racist homophobes !! -Janelle Monae
The Red Table makes a special trip to New York for an exclusive interview with CNN anchor Don Lemon about the horrific hate crime against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.
Lemon reveals the obstacles he faced being a gay, black man in a high-profile job, and the challenges facing gay men in the African American community.
-"Red Table Talk"
As Jussie Smollett’s account of his alleged assault falls apart, it is important to note that politicians, the media and influential voices did their best to fan the flames of outrage, based on nothing but the dark premise that conservatives and Trump supporters are evil.
-Boston Herald editorial staff
We are deeply saddened and outraged ...
"We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our 'Empire' family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night. We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice."
"The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate – and especially against one of our own."
Be PROTECTED Against Hate...
"THIS is why the LGBTQ community continue to fight to be seen and PROTECTED against hate!"
"It's just another fucking day in America."
"This Is Racist And Homophobic"
Empire co-executive producer Danny Strong issued an official statement in response to the disgusting incident on Twitter. Thankfully, he called a thing a thing. This is racist and homophobic.
Jussie will continue to shine a bright light on to the world...
"Whoever did this, do not forget that you are nothing but hate filled cowards while Jussie’s talent and activism will continue to shine a bright light on to the world for decades to come."
Frightening Reminder Of White Supremacy And Homophobia Rampant In Our Country...
"We stand with Jussie Smollett, who was targeted for living his life unapologetically as a Black, gay man...
"The violent attack on Jussie is a frightening reminder of the white supremacy and homophobia rampant in our country, as well as the consequences of enabling hateful rhetoric with collective silence.
"We should remember that his attack is not an isolated incident."
"This Hate" An Affront To Our Humanity...
"The racist, homophobic attack on @JussieSmollett is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love. I pray that Jussie has a speedy recovery & that justice is served. May we all commit to ending this hate once & for all."
Joe Biden: "This Hate" ...
"What happened today to @JussieSmollett must never be tolerated in this country. We must stand up and demand that we no longer give this hate safe harbor; that homophobia and racism have no place on our streets or in our hearts. We are with you, Jussie."
Supporting Trump Is Providing Artillery for Weaponized Bigotry
People in MAGA hats recognized and then beat and poured bleach on Jussie Smollett, calling him that “faggot” from Empire. Anyone who thinks supporting You Know Who isn’t tantamount to providing artillery for weaponized bigotry needs to take a hard look in the mirror.
-Kevin Fallon, Fooled By Social Justice Hoax, Jan 29 2019
Liberal, Hate, Character, Oops, Hoax
Over the weekend, Facebook prevented people from sharing two conservative articles on the unraveling case of Empire star Jussie Smollett, which seems to be a hate hoax. Both Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, and Daily Caller reporter Jen Kerns saw their articles censored on Facebook.
"You are not allowed to say on Facebook that Jussie Smollett carried out a hate hoax," Dreher tweeted on Sunday with a screenshot of Facebook blocking his article at The American Conservative.
"Empire" star Jussie Smollet was charged Wednesday night with lying to cops when he claimed to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.
Liberal, Crime, Racism, Oops, Smears, Lie, Justice, Law, Hoax, Trump
"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office said Wednesday evening.
Smollett is due in court in Chicago at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said CPD detectives will make contact with Smollett's legal team to "negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest."...
Smollett sat down with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts and spoke about the letter.
"Just because on the letter, it had a stick figure hanging from a tree with a gun pointing towards it with the words that said, 'Smollett, Jussie, you will die, black (expletive),'" Smollett said. "There was no address, but the return address said in big, red, you know, like caps, 'MAGA.' Did I make that up too?"
Liberal, Crime, Racism, Oops, Smears, Lie, Justice, Law, Hoax, Trump
A Cook County grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office confirmed the indictment, which they said was returned by a grand jury on Thursday...
The grand jury returned two separate sets of charges, one of each lie Smollett allegedly told. The first set are related to what Smollett told officers about the alleged attack, including that the attackers called him racial and homophobic slurs, struck him with their hands, put a noose around his neck, and poured some sort of chemical substance on him.
The second set of charges are related to the second interview Smollett had with police about the alleged attack later that day, saying the men attacked him from behind and he fell to the ground, at which point the men continued kicking him. Smollett also told police on this occasion that one of his attackers was white.
The two sets of charges correspond to two sets of police officers Smollett allegedly lied to.