Something important has been lost in the embarrassing saga of
And I suppose it's easy to lose what's important with all the panic and intersectional hatred and liberal identity politics gone bad in this Smollett story.
What's been lost is this:
I'm told that two dozen detectives were assigned to the Smollett case. Can
There were some 18 people killed in
Now it turns out that the pro-Trump racists, who he says put a noose around his neck, may actually be his friends, two muscular Nigerian brothers who may or may not have been paid in this deal.
Either way, his story is he fought them off. Even though he had a cellphone in one hand, a tuna sandwich in the other.
Smollett must be a certified badass. His sandwich survived.
But two dozen detectives assigned to check out his story that he was a victim of a politically inspired pro-Trump hate crime, a story that is unraveling by the second?
I could go with a lower number -- say 20 detectives -- given to me by someone who knows.
But that's still high given all the homicides that are never solved.
Thousands of people have been murdered in
They're alive because of the wonders of trauma center technology and the brilliance of ER doctors, and the hard work of
Even so, the city is numb to physical violence on the street. And numb to the emotional violence exerted by the political class.
But two dozen detectives for Smollett just doesn't seem right. Make no mistake. I'm not blaming the detectives or the
They work for a politician. His name is Mayor
And when Smollett told his amazing story, about being a black gay man attacked by racist Trump supporters on one of the coldest nights of the year, the media was all over it. National politicians were all over it.
They bought it without question.
"This was an attempted modern-day lynching," tweeted Democratic presidential candidate Sen.
It was a perfect anti-Trump story. It fit the prevailing narrative of many in the media (who are themselves liberal
Just a few weeks ago, the same media and Twitter mob descended upon those
It turned out the boys were innocent. But the social justice warriors of the left shrugged and moved on, looking for the next story with which to portray America as a hateful nation -- because it fits their politics -- and some found it in Smollett.
For a list of media examples, you might want to go to Mediaite and the article "Did the Media Jump the Gun on the Jussie Smollett Story?" by
Or you might consider
"This is America in 2019," she said.
We get it, Brooke. We're terrible.
There's nothing new there. Trump is a political-lightning-rod president, inspiring irrational hate in some and irrational adoration in others and most likely both groups are tribal and wrong.
But America isn't a hateful nation. America is the least hateful nation, and the best hope of humankind on Earth.
A few weeks ago, after Smollett began telling his tale -- in which he's the hero fighting oppression and hatred -- a 1-year-old child was shot in the head.
It looked like a street gang may have been targeting his mother. She's been shot before. The child,
I don't think there were two dozen detectives assigned to
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