We’re not sure how anyone of any political stripe could still be in denial about the U.S. mainstream media’s abject liberal bias. The last three years of anti-Trump hysteria, combined with an utter disregard for the facts, has proven it conclusively for anyone who has ears to hear. But if there were a few fence-stragglers who still wanted to put their faith in our legacy media institutions, the godawful double-assault of the Covington Catholic story and the Jussie Smollett hoax should be enough to drag them kicking and screaming to the truth.
This past week, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged in Chicago for orchestrating a fake hate crime, wasting police resources, and doing everything other than putting the country into a trumped-up racial crisis. But while Smollett is wholly responsible for his own deranged behavior, he could not have succeeded in spreading his narrative far and wide without the help of a credulous and ethically-challenged media. All too eager to believe that a gay black man might have been attacked by MAGA-loving thugs, the media reported Smollett’s take without the slightest whiff of disbelief.
What makes the media’s coverage of the Smollett case even more ridiculous is that they JUST CAME OFF a story where they were made to look like lying, mob-driven fools. One of the worst cases of media malpractice – the Covington Catholic story – was hardly cool by the time this fake hate crime emerged from Smollett’s diseased mind.
You would think, after ruining their credibility irrevocably by trying to destroy the reputation of an innocent high school kid from Kentucky, the media would have exercised some caution. You’d think they might have thought a little more seriously about some of the intensely-doubtful aspects of Smollett’s tale. But no, they plunged full steam ahead, once again plunging the nation into a scandal of utterly fake proportions.
In the former case, the media might have to pay a price. Nick Sandmann, the teen at the center of the Covington controversy, is suing the Washington Post for $250 million.
But whether or not the Post is found liable for libel in a court of law, the damage done to the paper – along with CNN, NBC, The New York Times, and many others – will be far worse than any legal settlement. The media is riding high right now on a wave of Trump-centered interest, but it’s only a matter of time before that interest dies down. When it does, these outlets will be naturally exposed for the years of nonsense, tabloid-level reporting they indulged.
Frankly, it’s a reckoning long overdue.