Mainstream media bias betrayed as Jussie Smollett hate crime story falls apart

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Mainstream media bias betrayed as Jussie Smollett hate crime story falls apart

Blog­ger at the “Gran Torino” house two days ago in High­land Park, MI

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.

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?


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.“

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.

Blogger at the “Gran Torino” house two days ago in Highland Park, MI

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.

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?

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.”

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.