One would hope that CNN’s “media watchdog” would have a pretty good understanding of truth. But that hope would be misplaced.
Yesterday, after the charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped in Chicago, Brian Stelter got metaphysical in his analysis.
“The narrative has once again changed, from victim to villain back to victim. It’s been very confusing … People don’t know what to believe, and we may never really know what happened on the street that night in Chicago.”
Brian Stelter, quoted inWashington Free Beacon
Stelter doubled down when called out Twitter.
The Chicago Police Department investigated for weeks, and compiled an extensive case against Smollett, which was presented to a grand jury. That grand jury returned 16 indictments against Smollett for filing a false report.
Smollett wrote a check, that’s right, a check, paying the Nigerian brothers to stage the attack against him.
Even the Chicago prosecutor who handed Smollett the sweetheart deal isn’t asserting his innocence. The deal required Smollett to forfeit a $10,000 bond to the state, and perform at least nominal community service.
Yet, in Stelter’s tortured logic, absent a first hand account or video, we can’t really make judgments about the truthfulness of anything. Why did we even have a Mueller investigation, if there wasn’t a video of the meeting inside Trump Tower? In a less timely example, how do we know George Washington even existed? There’s no video, and I wasn’t there.
Stelter is a media watchdog, not an Ivy League philosophy professor. The knowability of truth ought to be something he’s extremely comfortable with. Instead, he’s floundering in a metaphysical crisis because he’d rather not admit what actually happened:
A liberal celebrity perpetrated a race-baiting hoax. Democratic politicians pounced (they can pounce too) on it to attack the President. The media he’s supposed to be a watchdog over credulously repeated and amplified Smollett’s hoax. A liberal democrat prosecutor gave Smollett an incredibly dubious bargain, infuriating the Chicago Police who spent millions investigating Smollett’s false claim.
But there’s no video of Smollett bravely fending off two strong white Nigerian Trump supporters in downtown Chicago at 2am during a -30 degree cold snap, while maintaining the structural integrity of his tuna sandwich from Subway, so I guess we’ll never know what really happened.