As the wheels are falling off the Smollett Hate Crime story, the AP reports that “some conservative pundits, meanwhile, have gleefully seized on the moment.”
So things are getting cranked up another notch: Pouncing … Seizing … Gleefully Seizing … The Media doesn’t seem to be able to find the right word or phase to express its displeasure with the Right’s schadenfreude when the Left’s false narratives fail.
Speaking as someone who has been the target of several such false narratives, I’ve experienced the feeling of glee that comes with acquittal and vindication. I don’t wear a MAGA hat, but I can understand how someone who does is pleased that an attempt to paint folks like him as racist homophobes has blown up in the perpetrator’s face.
If The Media don’t want to experience the blowback that comes as a result of negligent reporting, they might try sticking to the facts. Who, what, when, where, and how are great ingredients for a proper news story. Why is often better left to the op-ed page.