Why the Jussie Smollett case warranted skepticism from the very start

Why the Jussie Smollett case warranted skepticism from the very start
Brian Stelter (Image: CNN video screen grab)

[Ed. – Says one of the people who pushed the hoax and milked it for all it’s worth.]

The Jussie Smollett case reminds me of a scene in the Broadway production of “Network.”

“Here is the truth,” Bryan Cranston’s character Howard Beale says in a monologue. “The real truth, the thing we must be most afraid of is the destructive power of absolute beliefs — that we can know anything conclusively, absolutely — whether we are compelled to it by anger, fear, righteousness, injustice, indignation.”

“As soon as you have ossified that belief,” he adds, “as soon as you start believing in the absolute, you stop believing in human beings, as mad and tragic as they are… in all their complexity, their otherness, their intractable reality… The only commitment any of us can have is to other people.”

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Some people absolutely believed Smollett when he said he was assaulted by two men in Chicago last month.

Now — with police sources telling CNN and other outlets that new evidence suggests Smollett orchestrated the attack — they are revisiting and revising assumptions about the case.

But the allegations merited skepticism from the very start.

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