MSNBC Primetime Hosts Completely Ignore Jussie Smollett Verdict

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On Thursday, almost every network and news website agreed that Jussie Smollett’s conviction for staging a hate crime was the day’s top story. And based on the reaction, there wasn’t a close second. However, one news network considered the verdict so meaningless that it didn’t mention it in primetime.

Any guesses which network?

It was MSNBC. All five MSNBC primetime hosts — Joy Reid, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Brian Williams — completely ignored the verdict. Instead, MSNBC focused primarily on an appeals court’s decision to reject former President Trump’s request to shield presidential records from the Jan. 6 committee. That went on for hours — from 7 pm to 11 pm, to be exact.

Two years ago, MSNBC covered the Smollett scandal aggressively. Smollett had convinced the network he was the victim of horrendous racism.

Here’s what Joy Reid had to say in January 2019:

“Nooses never really disappeared as messages of a very specific kind of terror, but every time they’re used, my God, it’s chilling. Praying for Jussie’s full recovery. And for us all.”

Then, somehow, everything changed. According to Grabien transcripts cited by Fox News, MSNBC’s primetime lineup has not covered the hoax since his “false narrative unraveled.”

So what’s going on here, besides corrupt journalism? Why would the second-largest news network in the country ignore an outcome of a story it spent months building up?

The answer is obvious. MSNBC realized that it had no use for Smollett once he was to determined to be a fraud. Even a racist like Joy Reid knew she couldn’t defend Smollett anymore. There was no longer a racial angle or a narrative or even a subplot to use against police or America. Instead, there was only a black man who orchestrated his own hate crime. MSNBC cannot capitalize on such incidents.

That’s how media works. MSNBC is just more transparent about its motives than its counterparts are.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. If the Fake News hadn’t promoted the Fake Noose in the first place it wouldn’t be so incredibly deceitful for them to ignore it now.

    Fake News promoted the Fake Noose and virtue signaled so heavily in their teeth-gritting blind Orange Man Bad rage because it was such a golden opportunity to malign Trump Supporters (downtown Chicago is MAGA Country!). Just like Covington Catholic (Nick Sandmann wearing a Trump hat). And Bubba Wallace Fake Noose.*

    Anyone with half a brain could see right from the beginning the Jussie Smollett Fake Noose was so obviously staged – and now the clowns refuse to report their mistake! What further evidence would anyone need to see that they are untrustworthy?

    What kind of credulous dork actually trusts those clowns and actually believes them? Oh wait… we have our very own… Glenn Williams-Washington a/k/a Ball Don’t Lie.

    *Any time the story has a noose, the BS detector should be flashing

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