The Second - The media was handed an enemy, not just the Republican candidate for president, but his supporters. The media allowed people to come on to their shows and call Trump supporters "rapists," "racists," "Nazis," "white supremacists," and a whole host of other deragotory names, as the media jumped on any and all stories that reflected badly on those "Deplorables."
LIST OF 'HATE HOAXES' GROWS
The media also jumped on every story told about "Trump supporters" attacking other people. No research, no investigative journalism, just mindlessly repeated the claims, made them go viral, yet downplayed or ignored when those claims ended up being debunked, not just by Independet Media, but by law enforcement, as many of the "victims," ended up being arrested and charged for faking a hate crime and perpetuating a hoax and false police reports.
Since the media loves to do their "Republicans pounce" pieces every time a liberal gets caught in a scandal or says or does something foolish, lets say the "media pounced" on the list of stories below that turned out to be hate hoaxes.
On December 1, 2016, a Muslin-American woman reported that three drunk men attacked her and tried to remove her hijab, while shouting Donald Trump's name. By December 16, 2016, the woman, "Yasmin Seweid, 18, of New Hyde Park, N.Y., on Long Island, was arrested for obstructing government administration and reporting a false incident, Sgt. Brendan Ryan of the NYPD told USA TODAY."
In November 2018, the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety and Security issued a crime alert after a young woman claimed she was approached by a man that told her if she didn't remove her hijab he would light her on fire with a lighter. According to that crime alert, "witnesses," described the man as a "white male between the ages of 20 and 30." Towards the bottom of the alert, it even specified that these types of incidents were being reported "Following Election Day and President-elect Donald Trump’s win."
Showing the reason the media jumps on the bandwagon before investigations are complete is this line from the Wapo piece "The investigation comes amid reports of threats and harassment in several parts of the country after the election of Donald Trump. Many of the incidents were directed toward African Americans, immigrants, Muslims and the LGBT community........."
That's right, those horrible deplorables! (Note- I cannot find horrible deplorable shirts! Someone needs to get right on that.)
November 2016, a Muslim Louisiana student claimed she was robbed, and one of her attackers were wearing a Donald Trump hat. She claimed they hit her with a metal object, stole her wallet and her hijab.
Yup, you know what is coming..... the media pounced! Here is how Wapo started their story: "A female student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was beaten, robbed and had her hijab ripped off by two men, one of them wearing a white "Trump" hat, police and university officials said."
April 2016, a Muslim woman claimed she was attacked by a white male that called her a terrorist and slashed her cheek with a knife.
I don't even have to say it, you know what happened....... so we will move along to the fact that her wound was determined to be self-inflicted, she wasn't attacked and she ended up having to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
September 2018, another New York woman, 19-year-old Adwoa Lewis, told police she was harassed by four teenagers that told her she didn't belong here, and yelled "Trump 2016!. She also claimed the next morning she awoke to find her tires slashed and a note that said "Go Home."
We recently saw how fast the media "pounced" on a group of Covington Catholic students, just to find out that every single thing they accused those deplorable MAGA hat wearing students of, was false according to an independent investigative firm.
(Jussie Smollett, Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo)
The latest story unraveling that the media jumped on and treated as gospel is the Empire actor Jussie Smollett that claimed he was attacked at two-something in the morning after going to a Subway shop, saying that he was attacked by two "white men," who put a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him. In a follow up interview, Smollett claimed the men yelled "This is MAGA country." He and his manager claimed they were on the phone together at the tme of the attack.
That story started seeming suspicious when Smollett refused to hand police his phone so they could verify the timeline of events. Smollett also did not call police for over 40 minutes, still had the rope around his neck when they arrived, and managed to keep his Subway purchase in his hands during this "brutal" 60-second attack. The initial media reports claimed he had a broken rib and was hospitalized, but Smollett himself said the rib was not broken and he did not go to a hospital.
The police have found no video evidence of the attack. They did arrest two persons of interest, but then hours later released them without charges. Oh, and they happened to be black, not white, and had once worked on the Empire set with Smollett and reportedly worked out with him previously.
In the midst of this story unraveling, day by day, we have found out that Smollett hired the public relations firm used by disgraced Harvey Weinstein, and now we learn that Smollett is being represented by a high-profile criminal defense lawyer, Michael Monico, "the high-powered criminal defense attorney representing longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen," according to Breitbart.
Why would a "victim" need a criminal defense attorney, or for that matter, why would he need a PR firm that specializes in crisis communications?
This latest examples appears to be heading in the "hate hoax" direction, and we are watching it closely to see what the conclusion of the official investigation turns out to be.
From the day Hillary Clinton gave the media their marching orders, and highlighted who was the enemy of liberalism, the media has pounced on every story that could look bad for MAGA supporters and conservatives that supported Donald Trump. Investigations be damned, actual journalistic ethics have been replaced with the "media pouncing" mentality, and in each case where a hate hoax crime has been finally exposed, the media buries it, downplays it and in some cases moves right along to the next false narrative.
Observing social media we note that many of these now debunked hoaxes are still being hailed as real because the updates, the corrections and the truth receives far less media attention than the original attacks against the "deplorables."
In the local news clip shown below, I found it very interesting that the lawyer for the two men that were first persons of interest, then labeled potential suspects and are now not listed as either, the lawyer responds to a question as to whether Smollett staged the attack and her response was that she was there for her clients and is not "part of Jussies defense." We also learn that these two men offered the police new evidence to investigate.
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