This episode of Blognet first ran two years ago today. Today, it can be presented with some of the originally redacted parts restored. That additional material is included after the main body of the original post.
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Evan Urquhart has a post at Slate called Why Jussie Smollett’s Alleged Hoax Won’t Change How Anyone Feels About Hate Crimes. It’s written from the point of view that the Right’s reaction to the Smollett’s Hoax Crime is racist and homophobic. To that extent, his post is unbalanced, but it does contain a couple of insightful statements.
People who believe these ugly things, and the much larger group who don’t believe anything except that it’s not their business to care, don’t seize on hoaxes because an isolated case proves they are right. They do it because they will use anything and everything to distract from the fact that they are wrong.
But there’s no larger message here, and we’re not all victims of his crime. Haters, proverbially, are going to hate. They did it before, and they won’t miss a step after this sad, weird story is done.
Alas for Mr. Urquhart, he doesn’t seem to see how those statements apply to the Left as well. The Left believes things that are ugly and untrue and routinely seizes on twisted “facts” to support The Narrative.
The hate will keep coming against kids minding their own business at a pro-life march or nuns who don’t want birth control or fast food restaurants that give employees a day off each week or peaceful protestors who feel they’re taxed enough already or whoever gets in the Left’s way.
Now that Anthony Weiner is back out on the streets (he got time off for good behavior), perhaps he will turn to people who have previously helped him to get reintegrated into society. We know that various members of Team Kimberlin were involved in supporting Weiner through the first Weinergate debacle. It may be that the ex-cons on Team Kimberlin can help Anthony go straight.
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.
Newsweek (yes, it’s still around) reports that James Phillips, 57, of Cottonwood, Tennessee, was jailed and charged with wanton endangerment and making terroristic threats. Phillips had been flipping the bird at a couple wearing MAGA hats in a Bowling Green Sam’s Club. Apparently unsatisfied with their response, he upped the ante by threatening them with a .40 S&W Glock.
They told me that if we elected Trump, violence would follow MAGA hats, and they were right. Also, Nathan Phillips was unavailable for comment.
There is crime in Chicago, plenty of it, so much that there’s no real need for fake crime for the cops to waste their time solving. However, that didn’t keep Jussie Smollet from his … what was it? … publicity stunt? … political theatre? I’ve stayed away from that story on the off-chance that it wasn’t a hoax, but it’s now fairly clear the only crime that may have been filing a false police report. Frankly, I’ve had more interesting things to deal with than yet another bit of poorly crafted fake news.
Other bloggers have written about it, and I recommend this piece by my podcast partner Stacy McCain and this one by Peter Ingemi.
Stacy goes through the facts of the story, beginning with the temperature in Chicago (-4 F) when the imaginary assault was supposed to have happened and noting how flimsy the tale was from the start.
Common-sense skepticism is our best defense against the myths created by what Trump likes to call the “fake news” media. Maybe next time, they’ll get away with it, but this latest debacle, coming on the heels of the Left’s debunked smear of the Covington Catholic boys, has only further eroded the credibility of the president’s enemies. It’s gonna be four below zero in Hell before we trust them again.
Peter makes the interesting observation that the Democrats’ racism appears to have become inverted over the last century. He compares Jussie Smollet’s claims and the Left’s reaction to them to those of Mayella Ewell and the reaction of the all-white jury in To Kill a Mocking Bird.
He knew his community, the solid Democrat liberal/Hollywood/Media left. He knew their prejudices and counted on him backing up his story because it fit everything they believed. … The adjectives might have changed in 70-100 years but the Democrat playbook remains exactly the same.
Read both of them all the way through.
One of the more ironic aspects of Team Kimberlin is they way their best laid plans often circle back and torpedo them. Consider the case for extortion put forward by Bill Schmalfeldt that was noted in this Prevarication Du Jour that ran five years ago today.
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The Cabin Boy™ tweeted this last night.Schmalfeldt does get one thing correct. Extortion is a felony.
One of the ways to commit extortion is to threaten to accuse someone of a crime in order to induce him to do or not do a certain thing. “If [name] doesn’t [do this], he will face charges …”
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I point. I laugh. I mock.
And I am not alone.