In response to the release of damning evidence Saturday evening showing that the hate crime attack that actor Jussie Smollett allegedly suffered at the hands of two Trump supporters last month likely never occurred, the brilliant minds at CNN aimed their righteous indignation at Trump supporters.
“The giddiness among Trumpsters over the Smollett news is gross. This story is awful. He allegedly abused police resources, exploited raw divisions in this country, and made it harder for every victim of a hate crime to report. This is sad no matter your politics,” CNN host S.E. Cupp tweeted.
CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, the author of the network’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter, retweeted her in agreement shortly thereafter. Look:
The giddiness among Trumpsters over the Smollett news is gross. This story is awful. He allegedly abused police resources, exploited raw divisions in this country, and made it harder for every victim of a hate crime to report. This is sad no matter your politics.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) February 17, 2019
“This is sad no matter your politics.” https://t.co/DuqLVATWrb
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 17, 2019
Never mind that thanks to what now appear to be Smollett’s lies — not to mention the media’s rush to report these lies without performing even the slightest due diligence — half the country thinks Trump supporters are a bunch of racist, homophobic monsters.
Smollett claimed in late January that two men had assaulted him, poured bleach on him and placed a noose around his neck, all while allegedly yelling racial and homophobic slurs and shouting, “This is MAGA country!” FYI, Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931.
According to TMZ, Smollett also claimed that the suspect was white. The dubious description of the alleged attack provided to local authorities by him led the left to assume the perpetrators were racist white supporters of President Donald Trump and that Trump was therefore to blame.
“This is what happens,” actress Ellen Page said on “The Late Show” earlier this month, referencing the attack. “If you are in a position of power and you hate people, and you want to cause suffering to them — you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering — what do you think is gonna happen? … This needs to f–king stop.”
Yet this false narrative began to crumble like a day-old muffin last week when authorities in Chicago raided the homes of and arrested two Nigeran brothers, actors Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, on suspicion of orchestrating a fake hate crime.
While the two were released Friday, local authorities are now reportedly requesting a follow-up interview. Moreover, law enforcement sources have confirmed with the media that the Chicago Police Department are now fairly certain Smollett paid the men to orchestrate a fake assault on him.
CNN: Chicago Police believe Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the assault.
The sources tell CNN that the two men are now cooperating fully with law enforcement.
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) February 16, 2019
Now ask yourself a question: How would you feel if someone tried to smear you by accusing you of committing a hate crime against him? How would you then feel if he was finally outed as a liar who had concocted the hate crime out of thin air? Perhaps you’d feel relieved, even giddy?
You’d very likely also feel anger at the perp for having smeared you. Except according to CNN, the perp’s disgusting attempt to smear you doesn’t deserve anger. No. YOU deserve anger and condemnation because YOU have the audacity to feel relieved that the man who smeared you has been exposed.
Perhaps Cupp and Stelter should spend some time reading the enraged, top-voted replies to their absurd, sanctimonious tweets today, because they may yet learn something.
What America should be doing is giving the media it’s anger in full . Smollett is a tool you used to look down, pass judgement and divide this country. Don’t try to pivot out of this SE. What media did was just as bad as the crime, hoax or not.
— IrritatedWoman™ (@irritatedwoman) February 17, 2019
Again. And they learned nothing since doing it to the Covington teens a few weeks prior. Except they hired Tom Hanks to lecture us all in a $5M dollar ad in the middle of the Super Bowl. Can’t imagine why we’d be giddy.
— The Smirking Hillbilly (@LauraLMonroe33) February 17, 2019
Gross is watching usually decent people willingly accept this farcical take and run with it.
Gross is watching ABC, Robin Roberts, and every Dem Presidential candidate hold this lying dolt up like some victim.
Gross is smearing political rivals as criminals.
— Daniel (@Sinclair_D_F) February 17, 2019
Sad is the amount of coverage the truth won’t get.
Sad is thinking that educated people believed this fairy tale.
Sad is the lack of accountability for those who pushed this drivel.
— Daniel (@Sinclair_D_F) February 17, 2019
The only tweet where @secupp admits that “He allegedly abused police resources, exploited raw divisions in this country, and made it harder for every victim of a hate crime to report” is in a tweet ripping Trumpers for being giddy at media. Well your tweets explains the giddiness
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) February 17, 2019
What is gross is accepting that anyone who voted for Trump is a de facto racist and so using that worldview to believe every obviously outrageous tall tale because it confirms your bias.
The people hurt most by this are real victims.
Smollett is disgusting as is the media.
— Melissa Mackenzie ? (@MelissaTweets) February 17, 2019
Correction. I believe you meant “The giddiness among ANTI-Trumpsters over the Smollett news WAS gross.”
— Joe Timmerman (@JoeTFinance) February 17, 2019
The latter user nailed it. Every time a Trump supporter commits an alleged offense of some type, the entire left — including the media — wield the alleged (and more often than not later debunked) as a cudgel against “Trump’s America” and his purportedly mean, evil supporters.
“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,” The Washington Post excitedly wrote after Smollett claimed to be attacked last month.
Except as usual, the vision of a racist America touted almost daily by the disingenuous, politically driven media has turned out to be a total lie. And it’s no surprise given how many red flags Smollett’s tale contained, as noted by former TV news host Megyn Kelly:
J. Smollett case had plenty of red flags, but media was too attached to storyline (& victimhood) to see/admit them. Once again, journos dedicated more to proving *themselves* virtuous than to reporting facts botch the story. It’s tiresome & won’t change.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) February 17, 2019
Red flags that the media conveniently chose to ignore, of course.
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