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  • 12 Establishment Media Journalists Who Fueled the Jussie Smollett Flames

    02/17/2019 7:17:28 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Feb 2019 | Alana Mastrangelo
    Establishment media journalists and pundits uncritically accepted and promoted Jussie Smollett’s elaborate “hate crime” story, just one week after the mainstream media fostered the false narrative surrounding the Covington Catholic students, resulting in a laundry list of impending defamation lawsuits. Here’s 12 establishment media commentators and journalists who fueled the Jussie Smollett flames with impassioned and uncritical reactions to the Empire actor’s imaginative account of his supposed run-in with Trump supporters in “MAGA country” Chicago. 1. Eugene Scott – Washington Post‘s The Fix reporter 2. Don Lemon – CNN journalist 3. Yamiche Alcindor – PBS NewsHour White House correspondent 4....
  • Don’t expect apologies from the left over Jussie Smollett ‘attack’ fraud

    02/17/2019 11:54:32 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    nypost.com ^ | February 17, 2019 | Kyle Smith
    A lot of explosive material can get defused with nine little letters: “I was wrong.” It works wonders with your significant other. Try it. Frequently. This week, now that the Chicago Police Department has “shifted the trajectory of the investigation” and now believes Jussie Smollett may have faked his own bias attack, we’ll be hearing apologies from a lot of progressive activists, celebrities and politicians. With three simple words, they’ll disarm their detractors, pour oil on troubled waters. They’ll help to reunify a culture by admitting that sometimes their ideological opponents are correct. Just kidding. Don’t hold your breath waiting...
  • How the media can keep from beclowning itself

    02/17/2019 8:28:10 PM PST · by upchuck · 17 replies
    Don Surber's blog ^ | Feb 17, 2019 | Don Surber
    The Jussie Smollett story blew up in the media's faces just like the Covington Catholic story blew up and just like every story about President Donald John Trump has. This is a problem that a little actual journalism can fix. First, if your mother says she loves you check it out. Nathan Phillips -- the Indian who tried to provoke a white kid -- said he was a Vietnam veteran. No one checked it out. Indeed, no one checked Phillips out at all. Had they, they would have found he made a similar but false report of being harassed by...
  • KERNS: IS JUSSIE SMOLLETT THE MODERN TAWANA BRAWLEY?

    02/17/2019 10:42:10 PM PST · by bitt · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/17/2019 | Jen Kerns
    Multiple sources have told ABC7 in Chicago that police are investigating whether the attack on “Empire” TV star Jussie Smollett was staged. Though a Chicago Police Department spokesperson said that claim is “unconfirmed,” two suspects have been arrested who were reportedly close with Smollett — appearing on the set of “Empire” with Smollett as well as recently working out at a gym with the openly-gay, African American star who claims that two men attacked him and screamed, “This is MAGA country!” If the attack turns out to have been staged, it will be the biggest racially-motivated hoax since the Tawana...
  • Kathy Griffin goes after Donald Trump Jr. over Jussie Smollett joke

    02/17/2019 6:42:38 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    yahoo News ^ | 2-17 | Taryn Ryder
    Kathy Griffin frequently trolls Donald Trump Jr., and the comedian wasn’t impressed with a recent joke involving her and Jussie Smollett. On Sunday, the president’s eldest son tweeted about the Empire star’s alleged attack, saying Smollett is on track to ruin his career faster than Griffin. Kathy Griffin: No one can ruin a career faster than I can. Jussie Smollet: Hold my bleach!!! — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 17, 2019 Trump Jr. is referring to the fallout Griffin faced after that 2017 “beheading” photo shoot. Griffin caught wind of the remark and called him out for plagiarizing “a tweet...
  • Pelosi Quietly Deletes Tweet

    02/17/2019 9:47:29 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 55 replies
    Dailycaller.com ^ | 02/17/2019
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deleted her original tweet sympathetic for “Empire” actor and singer Jussie Smollett amid reports that Smollett may have staged the alleged January 29 attack against himself. Smollett, who is gay and black, told police his attackers yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him as well as told him, “This is MAGA country.” Politicians and celebrities alike rallied around Smollett, including Pelosi According to ABC News, two Nigerian brothers, initially arrested by Chicago Police in connection to the assault against Smollett were later released after telling law enforcement that Smollett paid them to stage the attack. One...
  • I doubted Jussie Smollett. It breaks my heart that I might be right.

    02/17/2019 4:47:37 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 109 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 17, 2019 | Nana Efua Mumford
    [snip] I wanted to believe Smollett. I really did. I know that there is a deep, dark racist history in Chicago and, if proved true, this would be just one more point on the list. I wanted to believe him with every fiber of my being, most of all because the consequences if he were lying were almost too awful to contemplate. And yet I struggled with Smollett’s story. I tried telling myself that it is possible that two assailants were walking around downtown Chicago at 2 a.m. in January in 10-degree weather, waiting for a black victim. In addition...
  • Chicago is most corrupt big city, Illinois third most corrupt state in country, study finds

    02/17/2019 6:46:10 PM PST · by SJackson · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-16-19 | Travis Fedschun
    Chicago may be known as the "Second City," but it remains Number 1 in the ranking of most corrupt big cities in the nation, according to a new report. The report, titled "Corruption in Chicago and Illinois," released Monday from the University of Illinois at Chicago notes that while there's been a decline in recent years of federal convictions for public corruption, the Windy City still leads other localities. "Additionally, Illinois remains the third most corrupt state when compared on a per capita basis to other large states and the District of Columbia," the report's authors note. CHICAGO REDUCES MURDER...
  • Rahm Emanuel warns Dems not to 'mimic' Trump’s politics, says Virginia's Northam shouldn't resign

    02/17/2019 6:37:44 PM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-17-19 | Louis Casiano
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn’t agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that if President Trump can declare a national emergency to bypass Congress in order to secure funding for his long-promised border wall, a Democratic president can do the same for guns. “The one thing you don’t want to mimic … their politics,” Emanuel said during a guest appearance Friday on HBO’s’ Real Time with Bill Maher. “He [Trump] wants you on certain cases to actually mimic what he’s doing because then there’s a difference of nothing. That’s not where you want to go against him.” The conversation quickly moved...
  • Will Jussie Smollett’s supporters admit they were wrong?

    02/17/2019 1:02:03 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | Saturday, February 16, 2019 | Post Editorial Board
    Police sources believe that, as many had suspected, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett perpetrated an enormous hoax on the American public by staging a phony hate crime. Now we're waiting for apologies from the celebrities and top Democrats who not only expressed sympathy for the supposed victim of violent hate, but turned around and cited President Trump and his supporters as having somehow inspired the attack. Which was itself pretty foolish, since much of his story seemed implausible from the start. For one thing, Smollett's account of what took place in the frigid early-morning hours of Jan. 29 kept changing. Smollett...
  • Senate has votes to formally disapprove of Trump emergency declaration, Tammy Duckworth says

    02/17/2019 9:39:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 79 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 17, 2019 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Democrat, on Sunday said she believes there are enough votes in the Senate to pass a resolution disapproving of President Trump’s recent emergency declaration the White House says will allow him to tap unspent money to construct a border wall. “I think we do,” Ms. Duckworth said on ABC’s “This Week.” “Now, whether we have enough for an override and veto, that’s a different story.” “But frankly, I think there’s enough people in the Senate who are concerned that what he’s doing is robbing from the military and the [Defense Department] to go build this wall,”...
  • MONTAGE: WATCH THE MEDIA UNCRITICALLY ACCEPT ANOTHER OUTLANDISH ‘HATE CRIME’ (Jussie Smollett hoax)

    02/16/2019 7:45:38 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Grabien News ^ | 2/16/2019 | Tom Elliott
    When TMZ first reported that actor Jussie Smollett was the victim of a vicious hate crime, it sounded almost impossible to believe. Upon leaving a Chicago Subway sandwich shop circa 2 AM one sub-zero night in late January, two masked men recognized him as the openly gay black actor starring in Fox’s ‘Empire,’ hurled racist and 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...
  • Editorial: Look out, taxpayers: When governments have more pensioners than employees

    02/17/2019 4:39:15 AM PST · by george76 · 42 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/15/2019
    For each active worker, four pensioners. For 169 governmental bodies, the numbers are lopsided. In some cases hundreds — and in Chicago’s case, thousands — more retirees are drawing from a fund than active workers are paying into it. Even in a small suburban district such as the Arlington Heights Park District, 432 retirees are pulling from that district’s pension fund with only 103 active employees paying into it. In the city of Chicago, according to the treasurer’s numbers, the gap is smaller in percentage terms, but in terms of the gap, more dramatic. Including Chicago Board of Education administrative...
  • Jussie Smollett Angrily Denies Complicity in Attack

    02/16/2019 8:34:39 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 156 replies
    Variety ^ | 16 Feb 2019 | Gene Maddaus
    “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett issued a statement Saturday denying that he orchestrated his Jan. 29 assault, and saying he is “angered” and “devastated” by recent developments in the case. Chicago police want to interview Smollett, after learning new evidence from two Nigerian brothers who were released on Friday night. Local media outlets have reported that the brothers admitted to police that Smollett paid them to carry out the attack.
  • Report: Nigerian brothers released by cops in Smollett case 'not racist, homophobic, or pro-Trump'

    02/16/2019 6:54:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/16/2019 | Rick Moran
    By Rick Moran Ola and Abel Osundairo, the two brothers from Nigeria who were arrested and detained by police in connection with the Jussie Smollett "hate crime" incident, are not "racist, homophobic, or pro-Trump," according to TMZ. We've spoken with "Empire" cast and crew, and they say Ola and Abel Osundairo do not fit the profile of racists and homophobes — not even close.  As we reported, both men have been extras on "Empire" for years and both are friendly with Jussie, and Abel is especially close to him.  We're told Jussie would frequently approach the brothers on set and chat about health and fitness. Our Empire sources...
  • Brothers say Jussie Smollett paid them to participate in alleged attack, source says

    02/16/2019 5:53:19 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 105 replies
    CBS News ^ | Febuary 16,2019 | Carter Evans
    The two Nigerian brothers arrested in connection with the assault on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett are no longer suspects in the attack. They're now cooperating with police. A source close to the investigation confirms to CBS News the brothers told detectives Smollett paid them to participate in the alleged attack on January 29 and that they purchased the rope — which was found around Smollett's neck — at a nearby hardware store. The source said detectives have evidence to corroborate the sale, something the men's attorney alluded to Friday night. "New evidence that was brought to their attention, obviously I...
  • Police sources: New evidence suggests Jussie Smollett orchestrated attack

    02/16/2019 5:13:27 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 89 replies
    CNN ^ | February 16, 2019 | Ryan Young and Brad Parks
    (VIDEO AT SOURCE)Chicago (CNN)Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Chicago Police believe Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the assault. The brothers, who were arrested Wednesday, were released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited the discovery of "new evidence." The sources told CNN that the two men are now cooperating fully with law enforcement. Smollett told authorities he was attacked early January 29 by two men who were "yelling out racial and homophobic slurs." He said one attacker put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him....."It...
  • Nigerian Bros Purchased the Rope Found Around Jussie Smollett’s Neck From Ace Hardware – Claim...

    02/16/2019 4:58:36 PM PST · by bitt · 21 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 2/16/2019 | Christina Laila
    Fox 32 reporter Rafer Weigel said Saturday afternoon that Chicago police sources confirmed detectives were able to show that the Nigerian brothers who were “persons of interest” and questioned by police, bought the rope found around Jussie Smollett’s neck at Ace hardware. Jussie Smollett alleged two white Trump supporters violently attacked him at 2 AM in the streets of Chicago when he was walking home from Subway with a sandwich in his hand. Smollett told police the attackers were white and hurled homophobic and racial slurs at him while they beat him, poured bleach on him then put a noose...
  • Police sources: New evidence suggests Jussie Smollett orchestrated attack (shocker alert)

    02/16/2019 3:55:28 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 113 replies
    Chicago (CNN)Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Chicago Police believe Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the assault.
  • Nigerian Bros Purchased the Rope Found Around Jussie Smollett’s Neck From Ace Hardware

    02/16/2019 2:24:57 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 209 replies
    GP ^ | February 16, 2019 | Cristina Laila
    BREAKING NEWS. Fox 32 reporter Rafer Weigel said Saturday afternoon that Chicago police sources confirmed detectives were able to show that the Nigerian brothers who were “persons of interest” and questioned by police, bought the rope found around Jussie Smollett’s neck at Ace hardware. Jussie Smollett alleged two white Trump supporters violently attacked him at 2 AM in the streets of Chicago when he was walking home from Subway with a sandwich in his hand. Smollett told police the attackers were white and hurled homophobic and racial slurs at him while they beat him, poured bleach on him then put...