Tucker: Smollett Story Was 'Perfect Vehicle for Media to Enforce Cultural Orthodoxies, Punish Enemies'
Police seek new interview with 'Empire' actor.
Tucker Carlson weighed in Monday night on the Jussie Smollett case, arguing the media and the left wanted to immediately believe the "Empire" actor had been attacked by racist, bigoted Trump supporters.
"Smollett’s story had everything. The national media long ago gave up the pretense of gathering news. Journalism is now explicitly a political job. The point is to enforce cultural orthodoxies and punish enemies. Jussie Smollett was the perfect vehicle for both," said Carlson.
He asked why the national media has focused relatively little attention on the nearly 3,000 shootings that occurred in Chicago last year, where Smollett claimed he was assaulted.
"None of Chicago's 3,000 shootings were even half as useful as Smollett's story," said Carlson.
Carlson likened the story to the false claim of rape by a teenager named Tawana Brawley in 1987. Flanked by Rev. Al Sharpton, 15-year-old Brawley claimed a group of white men raped her, put her in a trash bag and scrawled racial slurs on her body.
Carlson noted that the allegations dominated national headlines for a year and stoked tensions along racial lines in New York City. Though Sharpton was ordered by a judge to pay damages for advancing the hoax, his career gradually ascended, Carlson explained.
According to visitor logs, Sharpton visited the Obama White House more than 80 times and now has a show on MSNBC, while never apologizing or acknowledging the harm of the Brawley hoax.
"Hate hoaxes make ethnic groups fear and distrust each other. That is a dangerous thing to do in a country that is becoming more diverse by the day," said Carlson.
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