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What’s even funnier than the Jussie Smollett story: The contortions of the liberal media trying to blame it all on racist, homophobic, Trump-loving conservatives

February 22, 2019

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You know what’s even funnier than the Jussie Smollett story?

Here’s what’s funnier: The contortion-artist efforts of progressive pundits to try to get us to believe that the real story isn’t about Smollett’s comically bungled alleged hate-crime hoax.

It’s actually about the racism, homophobia, and media-hating paranoia of the conservatives who dared to laugh at his implausible yarn (the  ski masks, the “MAGA country” in ultra-liberal Chicago, the lying in wait at 2 a.m. in a bone-chilling polar vortex, the clothesline “noose” actually tied into a Windsor knot, the Subway sandwich that miraculously survived–and don’t forget the Nigerian body-building brothers!) from the very beginning.

First, Don Lemon at CNN:

“This is playing out every single moment in cable news,” Don Lemon said. “Sean Hannity’s going to eat Jussie Smollett’s lunch, every single second. Tucker Carlson is going to eat Jussie Smollett’s lunch every single second.”

“The president of the United States is going to eat his lunch, and who does the president of the United States watch every night?” Lemon asked, answering himself, “Cable news. And so, that’s all I’m saying. That’s all I’m saying.”

Then, Joe Mathis pulling his chin at the Week:

Conservative media is filled with I-told-you-sos from skeptics who never believed Smollett’s account, while many liberal commenters are lamenting that the actor’s mendacity will make it more difficult for real stories of anti-black and anti-gay violence to be given proper credence….

One lesson from the ordeal is this: Confirmation bias is a thing. We all think we are rational creatures, but the truth is that most of us believe evidence that confirms our beliefs — and filter out contradictory facts. When a story comes along that so neatly fits our preconceived expectations, we’re ready to give it credence, when maybe the best thing to do is exercise a little caution.

Mmm, now for Amanda Sakuma and German Lopez lecturing us at Vox:

As conservative CNN commentator S.E. Cupp noted, Trump backers were “giddy” in their reaction to reports speculating about a hoax. And it’s clear from the responses to Cupp’s tweet that Smollett’s critics saw the new developments as validation that Trump supporters — not minorities, LGBTQ individuals, or other disadvantaged groups — are the people who are actually being persecuted….

Even though most coverage of the actor’s attack directly reflected police statements, and it was clear the investigation was ongoing, the developing narrative is being taken as a sign that journalists blindly accept any stories with a careless disregard for the facts — particularly those stories that support liberal ideals….

No matter how the facts shake out, the case now hits at the core identity that Trump shares with his supporters, perpetuating a dangerous worldview that the media is corrupt and the stories of racism and bigotry are better off not being believed.

And now, for the maraschino cherry on top of the banana split, Evan Urquhart at Slate:

For conservatives, Smollett’s hoax has fueled liberal biases that the Trump administration is racist and stoked unnecessary divisions in what would otherwise be a peaceful, prosperous, totally healthy and normal Trump presidency. Shame on him! (But at least it’s funny that liberals got pwned.)

This reaction is obvious nonsense. The story did not create these divisions. It resonated because of the divisions that we all know already exist—and the racist, homophobic records of our president and vice president will continue to stand on their own….

To be sure, Jussie Smollett’s name will doubtless be invoked for years to come as a means of distraction and evasion whenever the subjects of hate crimes, anti-gay prejudice, racism, or believing victims comes up. But the sort of people who believe that racism isn’t that bad, that gay bashing isn’t real, that victims are often liars, and that liberals are dummies for caring would have believed those things with or without his help. The sorts of people who scoff at the idea of hate crimes don’t do it because a high-profile case turned out to be a hoax—they seize on hoaxes and whatever else they can find because they politically oppose civil rights.

No, the Jussie Smollett story isn’t really about Jussie Smollett. It’s about you conservatives and how evil you are.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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