Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, February 17, 2019

When TMZ first reported that actor Jussie Smollett was the victim of a vicious hate crime, it sounded almost impossible to believe: at 2 AM one sub-zero night in late January, two masked men recognized the "Empire's" gay black actor, hurled racist & homophobic slurs at him, beat him to the point of breaking his ribs, doused him with bleach, tied a noose around his neck, before pronouncing "This is MAGA Country!" and fleeing.

Making such astonishing claims, the national media owed it to their viewers to give this story the circumspect coverage responsible journalism demands. Instead the major media used their platform to uncritically parrot TMZ's original report, even adding new fake details along the way (such as that the attackers wore "Make America Great Again" hats). This vicious hate crime, they said, painted a disturbing picture of America in 2019.

As Smollett's claims have unraveled over the intervening weeks, it's worth revisiting how the story was originally covered.

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I don't ordinarily post things from Grabien News (STS incoming in 3...2...1) but this video montage shows just how breathlessly the MSM and the POTUS candidates rushed to condemn this alleged "attack" without even bothering to fact check it.

Now that Smollett is lawyering up to defend against charges of filing a false police report, all of these people should hang their heads in shame.

"This is America in 2019" indeed.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-17 02:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

There were good people on both sides.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-17 03:29 PM | Reply

Actually. A lot of people (Democrats) in the real world and here on the DR questioned the story from day one.

RoC can take his strawman article and stuff himself.

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-02-17 03:33 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

On my Facebook I only heard doubts. One from a criminologist, another from a journalist, both of whom voted for Obama and Clinton.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled trolling libs with genuine faux outrage.

Hi Eberly!

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-17 03:37 PM | Reply

#4

On my Facebook I only heard doubts. One from a criminologist, another from a journalist, both of whom voted for Obama and Clinton.

That's funny, I don't remember you doing any such thing. In fact, there were dozens of cries of fauxrage here on the DR the day that this news broke, the only members left of center here on the DR that I remember questioning this story were Moder8, Alex, Gal and Lamp...the rest of DR Left just merrily piled on.

If I missed anyone else who were skeptical I apologize, the Usual Idiots who predictably stampeded to their racist conclusions know who they are.

I know that it has been a couple of tough weeks for your Narratives, maybe some genuine bad news will make you all feel better about yourselves.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-17 03:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The MSM-DNC is about as credible as Pravda during Stalin's terror.

#6 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-17 03:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The MSM-DNC is about as credible as Pravda during Stalin's terror.

And all of the Russians break into laughter.

Good of you to keep your Russkie buddies entertained, Nulli.

#7 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-02-17 03:52 PM | Reply

We now return you to your regularly scheduled trolling libs with genuine faux outrage.

It's literally the only reason RoC posts on the DR.

#8 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-02-17 03:53 PM | Reply

"That's funny, I don't remember you doing any such thing"

That's funny, that you think you're on my Facebook.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-17 08:37 PM | Reply

"If I missed anyone else who were skeptical I apologize"

Your apology as is faux as your outrage.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-17 08:37 PM | Reply

#9

If that was your takeaway from my #5 then you are dumber than Indy, and that is saying a lot.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-17 09:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I do have to give Snoofy credit though, since he is the only Usual Idiot with the cojones to even venture a comment on this thread.

#12 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-17 09:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#3 Links?

#13 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-02-17 09:33 PM | Reply

since he is the only Usual Idiot with the cojones to even venture a comment on this thread.~ RoC

Are you saying Clownshack is an unusual idiot?

#14 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-02-17 09:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I can't see -------- von Clownshart's posts, so kudos (I guess) to him for venturing here.

#15 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-17 10:01 PM | Reply

"I do have to give Snoofy credit though"

I'm pretty sure my credit rating is higher than yours, but thanks anyway.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-17 10:03 PM | Reply

"I can't see -------- von Clownshart's posts, so kudos (I guess) to him for venturing here."

Why are you giving kudos to someone you plonked?

You're a sad lonely soul.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-17 10:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--Are you saying Clownshack is an unusual idiot?

He's a 9/11 truther and an anarcho-psychonaut (anarchist acid head) so yeah, most unusual

#18 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-17 10:08 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Wow. Did CLOWNSHACK date your mother long? I heard he liked some kinky stuff, but there's no need for an aneurysm.

#19 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-02-17 10:09 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Nathan Phillips has offered to help in the search for Smollett's very real and not totally fake attackers.

#20 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-02-17 10:28 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

#17

Pretty clear given Andrea's post plus the missing posts (for me on the thread) that one of my stalkers was nibbling.

#19

Redial came up with a derivation of that name for Trump, I just thought it fitting for my most fervent stalker.

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-17 10:47 PM | Reply

"Pretty clear given Andrea's post plus the missing posts (for me on the thread) that one of my stalkers was nibbling."

Nobody cares.

I doubt even you care.

#22 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-17 10:55 PM | Reply

You obviously cared enough to post #17 and #22

You may now resume picking the fleas off FF von C's back.

#23 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-17 11:31 PM | Reply

Did CLOWNSHACK date your mother long?

Yea.

I used to make RoC sit in the corner and watch as I fkkked her.

#24 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-02-18 12:51 AM | Reply

"This is America in 2019" indeed.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter

I still maintain that it was conceptually correct.

#25 | Posted by jpw at 2019-02-18 12:56 AM | Reply

He's a 9/11 truther and an anarcho-psychonaut (anarchist acid head) so yeah, most unusual
#18 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

You're a xenophobe who thinks a wall will solve all his problems.

#26 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-02-18 12:56 AM | Reply

"You may now resume picking the fleas off FF von C's back."

Unlike you, he has a spine.

#27 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-18 02:18 AM | Reply

Wow.

A lot of butt-hurt on this thread.

Here we have yet another racist-hoax and certain lefties can't stand it.

On topic, ROC is correct - WAY too many members of the MSM uncritically ran with these allegations as fact and now have egg on their collective faces. Again.

#28 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-18 10:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#25

I only agree with this post to the extent that the MSM has completely overreacted/over reported stories of racial incidents because of Trump running on racist themes during the election, which now act as click bait to get people excited and reading their articles.

As Jeff correctly notes, the rush to judgment that both the MSM and the Left have exhibited in the last several months has been nothing short of embarrassing for them both.

#29 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-18 11:04 AM | Reply

That video montage is pretty damning.

Will any of these members of the media and political class who jumped on this story offer apologies and/or condemnations over this apparent hoax?

I seriously doubt it. And if any of them do, it will be immediately followed by something along these lines, "......but, President Trump is still fomenting racism in this country..."

#30 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-18 11:08 AM | Reply

They won't, Pelosi quietly removed her Tweet yesterday where she said ""The racist, homophobic attack on [Smollett] is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love."

Maybe she should have just amended the tweet to say, "The racist, homophobic attack staged by [Smollett] is an affront to our humanity."

#31 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-18 11:52 AM | Reply

The real news is that republicans have gone so nutty in the last 8 years that this kind of hate crime was incredibly believable.

What's the opposite of the boy who cried wolf or chicken little? This is magasses and hate crimes; they commit them so often that this story seemed plausible. Its like that show; American Vandal -- the one kid gets blamed because he's usually the perpetrator of such things.

In other words, you built this, trump supporters. Your own actions have made you terrorists in the eyes of the free people of the world.

#32 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-18 12:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

In other words, you built this, trump supporters...

#32 | POSTED BY INDIANAJONES

Built what? This is a hoax.

#33 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-18 12:30 PM | Reply

"RoC can take his strawman article and stuff himself."

Bears repeating.

#34 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-18 01:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You want fake scandal....you can't do better than Bennnnngggggghhhhhhaaaaaazzzzzziiiii!!!!!

#35 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-18 01:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The real news is that Democrats have gone so nutty in the last 2 years that this kind of fake hate crime was instantly believable by them and the MSM.

Suggested edits for accuracy.

"RoC can take his strawman article and stuff himself."
Bears repeating.

#34 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2019-02-18 01:15 PM

Pretty sure you don't understand what that word means...you are just furious that you are all being called out for your BS.

#36 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-18 01:19 PM | Reply

#35

Incredibly lame deflection noted.

#37 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-18 01:19 PM | Reply

#36 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

You p-p-p-p-poor victim!

Own this. Your party is inundated with domestic terrorists.

#38 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-18 01:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#38

Own this. Your party is making up fake attacks to advance their Narrative.

#39 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-18 01:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

One person made up one attack.

Your side commits so many attacks that no one questioned it.

Quit crying. Own this.

#40 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-18 02:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#40

Waaaah, we got caught, let's blame the GOP.

-Vizzindy

#41 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-18 02:23 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"That video montage is pretty damning."

Yeah, but that's what you said about the O'Keefe Planned Parenthood "sting" video.

#42 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-18 03:28 PM | Reply

You want fake scandal....you can't do better than Bennnnngggggghhhhhhaaaaaazzzzzziiiii!!!!!

#35 | POSTED BY DANNI

That's true but it's also a big deflection.

#43 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-18 03:31 PM | Reply

#42

Tell us which one of those excerpts in the video is fake...we'll wait.

#44 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-18 03:57 PM | Reply

we got caught, let's blame the GOP.

#41 | POSTED BY TED CRUUUUZ!

Who is "we"? Don't project your sad, unquestioning, partisan allegiance onto others.

#45 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-18 05:20 PM | Reply

#45

Your selective editing makes you look even more pathetic, Vizzidny.

Give it up while you are still way behind.

#46 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-18 05:35 PM | Reply

I feel like most people doubted this one.

Actors are not screenwriters, and this script was ----.

#47 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-02-19 06:58 AM | Reply

"Pretty sure you don't understand what that word means...you are just furious that you are all being called out for your BS."

Meanwhile, you and your party think building a wall is the solution to illegal immigration instead of arresting the employers. Y'all live in LaLa Land and think you're serious thinkers. As in "the tax cuts will pay for themselves." 1 trillion dollars later and working on 2 we notice that was, predictably, just more Republican lies. What a joke it is to be a Republican today.

"That's true but it's also a big deflection."

Deflection from what Jeff? Us not immediately pretending that we knew the truth about Smollet's accusations? Even now, none of you even know the truth. You can pretend you do as ROC is doing but none of you actually know the truth. This whole thread is an absolute joke as is ROC.

#48 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-19 07:10 AM | Reply

Deflection from what Jeff?

This is the post I was responding to:

You want fake scandal....you can't do better than Bennnnngggggghhhhhhaaaaaazzzzzziiiii!!!!!

#35 | POSTED BY DANNI


Bringing up Benghazi on a thread about Smollett is a massive deflection.

Us not immediately pretending that we knew the truth about Smollet's accusations?

You are missing the point entirely. His allegations were mindlessly accepted as absolute fact by prominent Democrat politicians, celebrities and an alarming number of MSM outlets. Even the NYT neglected to put "alleged" in front of "attack" when initially reporting on this. That is journalistic malfeasance to the nth degree.

That is the point of this thread and it apparently flew way over your head.

#49 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-19 08:25 AM | Reply

I feel like most people doubted this one.

#47 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

I disagree.

Countless celebs and media outlets with huge Twitter followings ran with this. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Corey Booker, Nancy Pelosi, AOC and Maxine Waters all ran with this.

#50 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-19 08:44 AM | Reply

Racial politics is just too enticing to leave something like this alone.

It's powerful...it's addictive, in fact. People love them some racial politics. It's very very sexy......

#51 | Posted by eberly at 2019-02-19 09:23 AM | Reply

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