'There Was a Narrative to Be Promoted': Shapiro on Contrast Between Coverage of Smollett Case, Attack on Jewish Man in NYC
Ben Shapiro said Tuesday that the discrepancy in press coverage between the reported attack on actor Jussie Smollett and the alleged hate crime assault of a Jewish man in New York occurred because "there was a narrative to be promoted."
On January 29, Smollett alleged he was attacked by two Trump supporters on a Chicago street.
Within 24 hours of the reported attack on Smollett, a Jewish man was the subject of an unprovoked assault caught on videotape in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Nazar Walters, 18, Teshon Bannister, 21, and Joshua Peters, 20 were arrested on charges that include hate crime violations for the attack in New York City, according to WCBS.
"The coverage of the attack on the Jewish man in New York was nil," Shapiro, who is also Jewish, said.
"There was a narrative to be promoted -- [that] Trump supporters are stalking black people all around America."
"When a story is too perfect to be true, it probably is," Shapiro said of the allegations lodged by Smollett.
Shapiro also reacted to the change in tone by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who called the initial report of the Smollett situation an "attempted modern-day lynching."
After reports surfaced that the Smollett incident may have been staged, Harris told a reporter that "the facts are still unfolding."
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