As “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s hate crime hoax continues to implode before the viewing eyes of the American public, the mainstream media has been scrambling to cover their rears amid accusations from conservatives that they rushed to judgment in Smollett’s favor despite the holes in Smollett’s initial story.
Over at CNN, anchor Alisyn Camerota says the bosses at her network were skeptical of Smollett’s story from the start, noting that she was “surprised” to see how many people enthusiastically believed him.
“I remember in the hours right after this happened that CNN, that our bosses were advising to pump the brakes a little bit because there were things already that didn’t add up,” Camerota told Brian Stelter, according to The Blaze. “I was frankly surprised how many people jumped on board to side with Jussie Smollett before there were photos, before there were police statements, before all that stuff.”
Defending his colleagues and the mainstream media as a whole, Stelter blamed the firestorm that erupted in the wake of Smollett’s alleged attack on “activists, actors, Hollywood celebrities, friends of Smollett, [and] Democratic presidential candidates” along with the “celebrity press.” Stelter commended the mainstream media, however, for doing “really careful reporting.”
As noted by The Blaze, Camerota’s assertion that CNN was “skeptical” of Smollett’s alleged hate crime is farcical on its face. In fact, the moment it hit the news cycle, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin said, “This is America in 2019.” Later that day in another segment, CNN’s national correspondent Ryan Young in Chicago delivered a monologue presenting Smollett’s victimization as a given:
But this is kind of a shock. And we’ve seen, of course, the buzz on social media surrounding this case. But then when you think about the idea on top of that — the idea that racial slurs and maybe even some of the homophobic slurs being used toward him — you can see how serious this crime is right now. A lot of the people who work in this industry also live in this part of the town, so you can understand the concern even as we’ve been talking to people in this area. There’s been a sharp reaction to this crime. Hopefully we’ll learn more from police in the next few hours … been giving them calls to figure out exactly what detectives have so far, maybe a vehicle description or some sort of build. Don’t have any of that information so far, but it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.
Baldwin immediately replied, “Absolutely despicable.”
Jussie Smollett has denied all reports he staged the attack by hiring two Nigerian brothers. Speaking through his lawyers over the weekend, the actor has reportedly been further victimized by the hoax allegations.
As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.
One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.