TMZ broke this story of a hate crime committed by white offenders. Now TMZ is breaking it back.

3 Things You Won’t See With the Breaking News in the Jussie Smollett MAGA Hate Crime Case in Chicago

Context. History. Basic Facts. ALSO: Contrition from the Media or Those Promoting False Narratives for the Past Two Weeks

UPDATED Feb 18, 2019: Altogether, millions of Tweets promoted the narrative of a hate crime or lynching taking place against Jussie Smollett. The list includes Democratic presidential hopefuls Corey Booker, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Joe Biden, as well as congressional House leader Nancy Pelosi and DNC celebrity Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Don’t be expecting the Tweets of “I was wrong,” especially not from the Ava Duvarneys of the world — or the Al Sharptons. Journalist Andy Ngo, a gay Asian immigrant himself, has written an exhaustive thread of Tweets of individuals who pushed this incorrect story. On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, millions watched “Juno” actress Ellen Page tear up and say Republicans are directly responsible for Smollett’s attack, “If you are in a position of power and you hate people and you wanna cause suffering to them, you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen? Kids are going to be abused and they’re going to kill themselves and people are going to be beaten on the street.” Even if Smollett was attacked by a white person spouting “This is MAGA country,” that incident would not be emblematic of a greater truth about Trump’s America and hate. The fact of the matter is: Gay men are disproportionately beaten by blacks and Latinos, not Trump voters. ADDITIONAL UPDATE & EXCERPT BELOW from an important and exhaustive 21st century encyclopedia on race that shows African Americans are represented at higher rates as hate crime offenders.

1. You won’t see the race angle played up because the two perpetrators are black.

As of 1:57 p.m. on February 15, 2019, I haven’t seen images of the two black Nigerian suspects on leading stories. Not at CNN, ABC (local) , CBS (local), or Chicago Tribune. Contrast this with the MAGA hat-wearing Covington kids images spread far and wide in January, and they didn’t commit any crime at all.

Does left-leaning media purposely omit photos highlighting the suspects under police custody? It appears so. Of course, the right-leaning Daily Mail has no problem publishing multiple photos tying the Nigerian suspects to Jessie Smollett, including images of the police raid on their home.

2. You won’t see many outlets mention how the original suspects were supposedly white.

Early stories were consistent in their condemnation and narrative that this attack came from right-wing Trump America soaked in white supremacy. See which of these media outlets step up now with mea culpas and context.

3. You won’t see statistical evidence publicly published by the FBI stating that blacks are disproportionately hate crime offenders.

We constantly are told that blacks are over-represented as hate crime victims using FBI statistics. Those same statistics are almost never mentioned when showing that they’re at least 3 times more likely than non-Hispanic whites per capita in committing hate crimes. That previous sentence, while true, I’ve never seen published in hundreds of articles I’ve researched on the topic of hate crimes in the U.S. This is the most essential context in all these inaccurate narratives since the beginning of Trump’s election victory.

2016 Hate Crime data on offenders show that blacks are clearly overrepresented, as they are at least 26 percent of “known” offenders and 13 percent of the population. Of the known ethnicity category, Hispanic/Latinos make up 22 percent of the total, despite being 17 percent of the population. Thus, it’s clear that non-Hispanic whites are not overrepresented as offenders. If they were, is there much doubt that would be reported? SOURCE:

In the media from 24 hours ago:

From today, February 15, 2019. Ask yourself: What is missing? What won’t the media be inclined to cover? Feel free to comment below.

Obligatory Russian angle. Who needs Russian meddling when the Americans can divide themselves adeptly?



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Writer. Researcher. Designer. Human seeking better outcomes for all. Empiricism, relevant facts, and logical arguments > simple narratives.