The media will never apologize for putting it all on Jussie Smollett
No one forced mainstream media and cable news channels to meddle in Jussie Smollett’s fantasy story of sub-zero temperature assault at 2 a.m. by two mysterious attackers wearing MAGA hats in January 2019.
“The racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett is America’s endgame” shouted GQ in one of the many cases of the mainstream press abandoning (again) any journalistic ethics or skepticism in favor of political confirmation bias. Once again they handed a giant bat to Donald Trump and others on the right who have been accused of being second-hand facilitators of the Smollett attack – and now, rightly so, they are being crushed. for it.
Politicians such as Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris have all tweeted their support for Smollett, some going so far as to call it a “modern day lynching.” It was blatant accusatory behavior, based on no evidence. But CNN media room monitors found the “real” problem with the Jussie Smollett case: the people who noticed it. Since the verdict, media framings have exploded on Twitter, showcasing cable news and infotainment hosts’ utter disgust at Smollett’s “attack”.
The biggest problem with the Jussie Smollett debacle isn’t that the media jumped headlong into believing a story that portrayed Donald Trump and his supporters as evil red hat brown shirts – as in the case of the Catholic student from Covington, Nicholas Sandmann. It is that they did not take responsibility or apologize for peddling false stories since. Want a good reason why America’s media credibility ratings are somewhere down the Mariana Trench? The silence on the verdict of the Smollett hoax is perfect.
Not a single writer, or expert, or CNN presenter, or MSNBC host, who talked about how grotesque this “attack” was, will look at the camera on one of their shows and say “I was wrong. – we have to be better “. They have had ample opportunity to do so. Brian Stelter of CNN, who once said on both air and on Twitter that no one was there and that “we may never know the truth about what happened that night” could have used his widely read newsletter (at least among his media buddies) to berate his colleagues for abandoning journalistic ethics. But he did not do it.
Instead, his toad, Oliver Darcy, embarked on an accusing tirade against “bad faith right-wing actors” and Sean Hannity, for simply taking note of their own shit. Darcy went on to explain this in more detail in a CNN article: “How Sean Hannity and Right-Wing Media Figures Use Smollett’s Verdict to Attack the Media. If Oliver Darcy and his friends don’t want his worst enemy to point out their lack of journalistic curiosity, then maybe they should stop arguing with their critics.
The people who were skeptical throughout Smollett’s lies are not at fault. Oliver Darcy is. The same goes for Robin Roberts, who encouraged Smollett and comforted him instead of questioning him. All the Twitter pundits and journalists who jumped in without a doubt are at fault. Blame these people for making the same mistakes and never apologize to their readers and audiences afterwards.