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None Dare Call It a Hoax: The Jussie Smollett Saga Continues
pjmedia.com ^ | February 9, 2019 | By Rick Moran

Posted on 02/11/2019 11:38:38 AM PST by Red Badger

The bizarre case of Jussie Smollett continues to unfold with the police still investigating what Smollett insists was a "hate crime."

Smollett tells the story of walking down the street in sub-zero temperatures and being attacked by two men wearing MAGA hats and screaming racial and homophobic slurs at him. Was this a hate crime?

Maybe it was. And then, maybe he wasn't attacked at all.

The incident occurred in Chicago, a city torn by racial strife and massive distrust of the police. John Ziegler of Mediaite writes of how the investigation is unfolding:

Among other things, the police have made it very clear they have not yet found any proof of an attack, despite having almost all of Smollett’s movements on surveillance video. They have disclosed that Smollett would not give over his cell phone to verify his timeline of events. They even published photos of “persons of interest” that they had to know were going to be universally mocked for being obviously irrelevant.

In my view, none of those important revelations would have been made public in the way that they were, unless there was extreme suspicion within the police force that Smollett’s story was not fully accurate.

By extension, media figures would not be being told by their police sources, as I have been told is currently happening both routinely and with vigor, that the authorities are acting on the assumption that they will never find any evidence to fully substantiate Smollett’s story. This isn’t just happening via idle speculation either, the police are doing so with great specificity, even including an alternative theory for what really happened (current attempts to find the origin of the rope found around Smollett’s neck long after the event was over are believed to be the most likely game-changer, if there ever is one in this case).

In truth, the Chicago police are terrified of even hinting they doubt Smollett's story. There is no major city in the U.S. where the cops are more distrusted by blacks than in Chicago. The police risk a riot if they let it be known they think Smollett is trying to hoax them.

The media -- also massively distrusted by blacks in the city for supposedly always placing them in a bad light -- is tiptoeing around the hoax story.

As for the Chicago media, a couple of local television reporters are apparently using Twitter as a confessional for information about the case that their stations currently fear to air. Rob Elgas of the Chicago ABC affiliate, and Rafer Weigel of the Fox station (which carries Smollett’s show Empire) have continually updated the developments, or lack thereof, in a way that paints a much different picture from the one that viewers would see on an actual newscast.

It is very obvious that if one major news outlet in Chicago had the guts to be the first to openly discredit Smollett’s story, the others would soon follow the leader. But because the risk of being wrong in this situation (see Smollett’s PC Force Field), there is just no incentive to take that dive until and unless the police finally make a definitive statement.

Will the police let the matter die rather than prosecute Smollett? Fox's Weigel says no:

#ChicagoPolice Supt Eddie Johnson says #JussieSmollett is still being treated as the victim in this case but if the investigation does reveal he made a false report he will be held accountable. — Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 5, 2019

Since so many have asked me if @Chicago_Police will let #JussieSmollett case go unsolved, I’ll give my opinion. Given the high-profile nature of the crime, I don’t believe so. I believe they’ll either find the perpetrators responsible or charge #Smollett w/ filing a false report — Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 8, 2019

I will believe that when I see it.

The cops have subpoenaed Smollett's phone records. It will be awkward for him if he fights the action. But it won't matter now. If the police drop the matter without finding the perpetrators, the outcry in the black community will be just as loud. And if they charge Smollett, violence will be likely.

Maybe the cell phone records will buttress the actor's case. But there are upwards of 30,000 surveillance cameras in the city and not one of them has apparently caught Smollett's attackers.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: empire; fakecrime; hoax; jussie; smollett
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I don't envy the Chicago cops in this.

They are damned if they do and damned if they don't.

I expect before Friday there will be a conclusion to this episode.........................

1 posted on 02/11/2019 11:38:38 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger
I don't envy the Chicago cops in this. They are damned if they do and damned if they don't.

easy CHOICE, do THE RIGHT THING.

2 posted on 02/11/2019 11:43:24 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: Red Badger

Smollett, the farce is with him.


3 posted on 02/11/2019 11:43:27 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Red Badger

This will get swept under the rug! This happened in Chicago after all!


4 posted on 02/11/2019 11:45:31 AM PST by dowcaet
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“The media — also massively distrusted by blacks in the city for supposedly always placing them in a bad light — is tiptoeing around the hoax story.”

Yeah, always in a bad light...thats why the words “Teen”, “Youth”, and “Juvenile” and even “Brawl”, which is plural for “Teen”, are so ubiquitously Used in headlines that it is a meme of a meme of a meme in itself


5 posted on 02/11/2019 11:46:04 AM PST by dsrtsage (For Leftists, World History starts every day at breakfast)
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To: Red Badger
Racial strife?

Knee Grow Up Please!

The savages are savages.

6 posted on 02/11/2019 11:48:47 AM PST by rawcatslyentist ("All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing")
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To: 1Old Pro

I believe they will, but slowly and methodically, getting their ‘ducks in a row’ as they have said.

If this isn’t exposed as a hoax and punished it will happen again and again and again.

May it all be over soon...........................................


7 posted on 02/11/2019 11:49:01 AM PST by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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To: Red Badger

article makes it sound like the “black community” is ready to riot over anything less than justice for Jussie. Seriously? The fact that he is a gay, well-off actor cancels out most of the black communities self-identification with this “guy”.


8 posted on 02/11/2019 11:49:31 AM PST by ghost of nixon
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Somebody had lassoed Joosy and then rode him like
a wild pony. Joosy had jump around and scratch he cheek.

Go Joosy go.


9 posted on 02/11/2019 11:50:28 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: Red Badger

More leftist, racial street theatre. Reminiscent of the Tawana Brawley affair. and Duke lacrosse. Made a fortune for Al Sharpton. Worked then and it will work even better now with an even more compliant media.


10 posted on 02/11/2019 11:51:37 AM PST by allendale (.)
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To: Red Badger

There’s about as much of a chance of Smollett being charged as there is of Crazy Eyes Cortez saying something intelligent


11 posted on 02/11/2019 11:52:26 AM PST by digger48
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To: ghost of nixon

I made a search of YouTube videos on Smollett and there are a bunch of them, a large portion of them from black Americans that say Jussie is lying!.........................I was shocked!....................


12 posted on 02/11/2019 11:52:29 AM PST by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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To: Red Badger

Nah, they’ll just keep it open, and everyone will forget about it, until the next shiny object comes up.


13 posted on 02/11/2019 11:53:34 AM PST by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: ghost of nixon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeVVjzxSMHI


14 posted on 02/11/2019 11:53:51 AM PST by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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People in Smollett’s building are saying no way it happened since the area is up to the rafters with blacks and gays.


15 posted on 02/11/2019 11:54:16 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Red Badger
Justice by racial extortion.
16 posted on 02/11/2019 11:57:11 AM PST by jmacusa ("The more numerous the laws the more corrupt the government''.)
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To: Red Badger
Cops in even the most leftist enclaves tend to be some of the most conservative (relatively) groups in those areas, since they see first-hand the outcome of leftist policies.

Yeah, they will be excoriated no matter what the outcome.

17 posted on 02/11/2019 12:00:32 PM PST by fwdude (Think about it: Blacks were made slaves in Africa, but were made free men in America.)
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To: Red Badger

The Chicago Mayoral Race is February 26.
Once that is done, the other shoe will fall.


18 posted on 02/11/2019 12:05:16 PM PST by lee martell
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To: Red Badger
OTOH... One might suspect that "regular" blacks just might have a reasonable point at which they decide this is just a punk, sissy-assed little black b!+c# p***t*r running a play on the whole world.

I've always been told that blacks hate phonies. (If we're going to generalize, mind you.)

I'm inclined to agree, sometime this week is critical mass. The cops have been sending him messages all along letting him know that things just don't add up - "Fess up now while you still can..." - but he won't. They're gonna have to nail him, possibly for Federal mail fraud, which sends him on a most unpleasant journey, first stop in Oklahoma City.

19 posted on 02/11/2019 12:05:43 PM PST by OKSooner (Whichever one you already have, go buy the other one and then you'll have both.)
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To: Red Badger

This goes nowhere. I don’t believe the reports of Smollett’s phone records being subpoenaed are true, as it has only been reported/repeated by bloggers/tweeters. The crime will be “unsolved” and CPD will not make public accusations against Jussie. Meanwhile, everyone knows what happened here.

If CPD did actually get his phone records and they prove he was lying, then CPD will have to report that, as it WILL get leaked to the media at some point. We can only hope.


20 posted on 02/11/2019 12:06:45 PM PST by ETCS
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