The News Media’s ‘Jussie Smollett Problem’ is Far Bigger Than Just Him, and It’s Helping Trump

www.mediaite.com | 2/17/2019 | John Ziegler
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Last night, the dam of media protection for Empire actor Jussie Smollett finally broke, as major news outlets suddenly decided it was safe to report that police strongly believe, backed by evidence, that his story of being a victim of a Trump-motivated hate crime is false.

While his high-priced lawyers are still desperately playing the victim card, it appears that Smollett paid the two Nigerian brothers who “attacked” him (and whom he clearly knows) in a conspiracy to create a hoax.

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This is a fraud in which the mainstream news media might as well have been an unindicted co-conspirator. They, along with kindred spirits within the top ranks of the Democratic party, instantly went all in on supporting Smollett’s always implausible claim, subjecting it to basically zero scrutiny.

Since Smollett is black, gay, very anti-Trump, a celebrity, and, at least at that time, a hate-crime victim, whatever ability liberals may have had to see through his inherently absurd story was immediately stripped away. Those qualities, creating what I refer to as Smollett’s “Political Correctness Force Field,” acted like Kryptonite on the power of liberals to see what was always very obvious to us who are not blinded by the biography of the person making an allegation.

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Before the media narrative dramatically changed, I wrote three columns pointing out the very clear problems with Smollett’s story, eventually making the case that everyone had been duped by Smollett. It did not require a whole lot of sleuthing on my part to figure out his story was wasn’t true. It only needed a modicum of common sense, and a lack of fear of being politically incorrect, which are two qualities in dangerously short supply among the mainstream news media.

This is hardly the first time that I have sniffed out clearly false stories where the national news media...
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