By John Ruberry
As of this writing the story of the Jussie Smollett hate crime story has almost completely unraveled.
I quickly blogged about it on my own site early that afternoon before I left for work. When I returned home I expressed my doubts on the reports.
This story doesn’t pass the smell test. Not only is there a paucity of Trump supporters in Chicago and many of the suburbs, last night was quite cold with high winds and drifting snow. I know, I was crazy enough to run 10 miles late Monday in Morton Grove and Skokie, which are just a dozen miles from where the incident took place. It was not the type of night for creeps to stalk a TV star. There weren’t a lot of people on the streets and automobile traffic was much less than usual.
But much of the mainstream ran with Smollett’s take on what they called, almost in unison, “a racist and homophobic attack.” At the end of this Grabien compilation clip on the initial coverage, which included details not in the original police report, that the attackers were wearing Make American Great Again hats, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin bemoans, “And this is America in 2019.”
Besides, hooligans don’t like cold and snowy winter nights either. And do racists really want to watch a show about a rap record label? How do they even know who Smollett is?
No, this is America in 2019: Two days ago I was in Detroit again. While driving on one its unplowed and icy side streets, I saw a black man about my age on crutches struggle on a typical Motor City sidewalk–which even on summer days are barely walkable. He fell. I pulled over and asked if he was okay. He got up–although he said he didn’t fall, I suspect he was too proud to admit that he stumbled. I asked him where he was headed and he replied, “To the grocery store.” I offered him a ride and he accepted. As did a woman who was standing about thirty yards away who was accompanying on his walk. “Thank you,” she told me as she hopped in, “you answered my prayers.” Oh yeah, she should have been walking at his side.
Yes, there still is racism in America and yes, hate. But there is also narrowmindedness too, especially among the mainstream media and the elites. The MSM, just as it did with the Covington High School boys at the National Mall standoff–yes, some of those kids were wearing MAGA hats—automatically wanted to believe that those Donald Trump supporters are reflexively bigoted. They are not.
We are not.
Another reason why I was suspicious about the Smollett story is that there is a voluminous history–recent history, yes–of hate crime hoaxes. Writing for Breitbart in 2016, Milo Yiannopoulos listed over 100 of them. Sure, he’s a provocateur and he’s too much of a showman for my taste, but that doesn’t negate Milo’s piece. Do you want something more recent? On New Year’s Eve, Alana Mastrangelo, again for Breitbart, rattled off more phony hate crime reports, which she deemed, “10 Wild Hoax Crimes of 2018.“
If you automatically dismiss these stories as fake news because they came from Breitbart, then you have a serious problem. It is up to you to prove them wrong. And not by pursuing fallacious ad hominem attacks.
Will the New York Times or the Washington Post publish a story about the many hate crime hoaxes? Probably not. They are no longer in the news business–they are in the pushing-a-narrative business.
Over at CNN the situation is not encouraging. Brian Stelter, who is more of a propagandist than a journalist, amazingly is claiming that conservative media sites have “weaponized” the Smollett story.
What put the Smollett narrative into overdrive was the MAGA acronym.
At one time the word liberal meant open-minded.
John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.