History seems to be repeating itself on MSNBC, as its primetime stars once again buried the hate crime hoax that has now resulted in the conviction of disgraced “Empire” star Jussie Smollett.
Smollett was found guilty of five of the six counts against him stemming from the 2019 allegations that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime, later revealed to have orchestrated.
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However, after the breaking news was mentioned on “The Beat with Ari Melber,” Smollett’s conviction was completely ignored by “ReidOut” host Joy Reid, “All In” host Chris Hayes, ” The Rachel Maddow Show “host of Rachel Maddow” “. The Last Word host “Lawrence O’Donnell as well as” 11th Hour “host Brian Williams. Their coverage was largely dominated by an appeals court’s decision to reject former President Trump’s request to protect records. presidential committee on January 6.
In fact, MSNBC’s most-watched shows have never covered the hoax since Smollett made his initial claims and while unraveling his false narrative, according to Grabien’s transcripts.
Reid, like many high-profile liberals, sided with Smollett in the early days of the hoax.
“The ropes never disappeared as messages of a very specific type of terror, but every time they are used, my God, it’s chilling. Pray for Jussie’s full recovery. And for all of us,” Reid tweeted grimly in January 2019.
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Unlike his primetime colleagues, Reid covered the initial charges Smollett faced in February 2019 before Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx dropped them on her weekend show “AM Joy,” but It largely framed the conversation about the right wing’s response to the actor’s hoax.
After approximately nine hours of deliberation, the jury found Smollett guilty of the first five counts and not guilty of a sixth count (aggravated assault, wearing a hood or mask to conceal his identity) after a controversial week of witness testimony and arguments of lawyers.
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In 2019, major Democrats, celebrities and liberal media, including MSNBC, uncritically promoted the false narrative that Smollett was attacked by two MAGA hat-wearing Trump supporters at 2 a.m. during the polar vortex in Chicago.