Is it any wonder that American news consumers are at the end of their ropes of patience with the “mainstream media”?
Three weeks ago, when I first documented troubling questions, contradictions and doubts about Trump-hating, attention-craving actor Jussie Smollett’s absurd hate crime claims, few in the “professional” journalism herd paid heed. Now, with a grand jury investigation on the horizon, everyone’s a Johnny-come-lately debunker.
And everyone’s making excuses: How could we have known? Why would anyone lie about racism? What could have possibly prepared us for such a scandalous swindle?
I’m especially looking at you, Robin Roberts. You and ABC’s “Good Morning America” willingly played public relations agents for Smollett last week while his story was already falling apart and he refused to be fully transparent with investigators. Now, you defend yourselves by hiding behind a veil of ignorance about hate crimes hoaxes.
Listen and learn, addled enablers of fraud. Fake Noose is a sick phenomenon that has run rampant across the country unchecked. I’ve chronicled the self-victimization pathology in my books, columns and blog posts for years:
—Columbia University, 2007. Remember black psychology professor Madonna Constantine? She made the rounds on none other than ABC’s “Good Morning America,” claiming she found a “degrading” noose (made of hand-tied twine) hanging from her office door. Constantine led fist-waving protests, decried “systematic racism,” and prompted a nationwide uproar, as I reported at the time in the New York Post. Things didn’t add up when Columbia initially blocked investigators from obtaining 56 hours of surveillance video. No culprits could be found on the militantly progressive campus obsessed with diversity and multiculturalism. It turned out that Constantine was desperately trying to distract from a brewing internal probe of her serial plagiarism, for which she was eventually fired. The hate crime probe hit a dead end and Constantine faced no criminal charges over the Fake Noose incident.
—Baltimore Fire Department, 2007. Another manufactured outrage erupted when black firefighter-paramedic apprentice Donald Maynard claimed he found a knotted rope and threatening note with a noose drawing on it at his stationhouse. A federal civil rights investigation ensued and the NAACP cried racism — until Maynard confessed to the noose nonsense amid a department-wide cheating scandal. A top official revealed that Maynard admitted “conducting a scheme meant to create the perception that members within our department were acting in a discriminatory and unprofessional manner.” Maynard faced no criminal charges over the Fake Noose incident.
—University of Delaware, 2015. Black Lives Matter agitators and campus activists triggered a full alert when a student spotted a “racist display” of three “noose-like objects” hanging from trees. The UD president called it “deplorable;” protesters wept that they were not being taken seriously. After investigating, police discovered the “nooses” were metal “remnants of paper lanterns” hung as decorations during an alumni weekend celebration.
—Salisbury State University, 2016. Students, faculty and administrators were horrified when a stick figure hanging from a noose on a whiteboard was discovered at the school’s library. The N-word and hashtag #WhitePower also appeared in the menacing graffiti. Campus authorities immediately launched an investigation, which exposed two black students as the perpetrators. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against the Fake Noosers.
—Kansas State University, 2017. A paroxysm of protest struck K-State after someone reported a noose hanging from a tree on campus. Black students lambasted authorities for not acting quickly enough. They stoked anger online with the hashtag #DontLeaveUsHanging and demanded increased security. But the “noose” was made of cut pieces of nylon parachute cord, which police believed had been discarded by someone who “may have simply been practicing tying different kinds of knots.”
—Michigan State University, 2017. When a student reported a noose hanging outside her dorm room, MSU administrators went into full freakout mode over the racial incident. Cops and the Office of Institutional Equity were immediately notified. “A noose is a symbol of intimidation and threatthat has a horrendous history in America,” the university president bemoaned. But it turned out the “noose” was a “packaged leather shoelace” that someone had dropped accidentally.
Because there isn’t enough available to suit them. There isn’t enough racism handy to make their point that racism is rampant and without liberals in control of all aspects of life they cannot mandate that racism is only permissible when directed against conservatives.
A guy used to work for me, a black guy, and we had to go down to the stockroom to check on some incoming materials. The guy was a level headed hard worker an never prone to any kind victim mentality; in fact, at the time that was virtually unknown. We were let into the stock room and were looking through the received items when the stockroom manager approached us. We all knew each other, but non-stockroom personnel are allowed to roam freely around the inventory and he told us, not really threateningly, “If I catch you in here again, I’ll hang you.” The black guy took great offense at this and really lit in to this MANAGER, who apologized.
Apparently, this man had something in his family past or knew someone that had been lynched; I didn’t ask for details, but it gave me an understanding of how innocuous things or remarks can affect blacks, for instance, when such things have been a symbol of oppression, intimidation or terror.
So, no doubt the noose represents a valid symbol of racism to blacks which only makes Smollett’s use of it (allegedly) even more onerous.
Today the Chicago prosecutor ripped into Jussie Smallett with all guns blazing.
The ENTIRE case against the man was laid out in full.
So, since usually DAs keep their powder dry until the trial, one must ask,,,,WHY???
I’m thinking Jussie is being cajolled & threatened into a guilty plea.
To protect his partner(s) from exposure during discovery.
Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.
The perfectly timed anti-GAY-lynching bill was timed too perfectly with this “crime” to be an accident, considering what great buds Kamala and Jussie are.
He will get short time in a country club prison or in a sweet rehab center in exchange for her protection.