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Correction: Our Story Was Garbage from Beginning to End

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:29 pm

Man. How did the New York Times botch this so badly?

NYT Correction

Correction: Jussie Smollett is not a beloved Doonesbury character, as this story originally reported, but rather an actor on “Empire.” Also, he told police he had been confronted by homophobic racist Trumpers — not, as the article said in the initial version, by a herd of tutu-wearing sheep bleating racist chants.

H/t Beldar.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

83 Responses to “Correction: Our Story Was Garbage from Beginning to End”

  1. How’s Beldar doing?

    nk (dbc370)

  2. How did the NYT botch this so badly?

    Wanted too.

    Thud Muffle (5a4596)

  3. It’s a rolling python sketch.

    Narciso (cb7171)

  4. Did you see the screenshot of the page? I thought it was a parody.

    Patricia (3363ec)

  5. I’m afraid they can no longer count the element of surprise amongst their weaponry.

    tmm (3d89bc)

  6. The Old Grey Lady still has a sense of humor.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  7. They botched it because they desperately want to paint every Trump voter as a disgrace to society. #nytsucks.

    mg (8cbc69)

  8. @7. Just the ‘redcaps,’ mg. Best to carry your own luggage.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  9. Too many layers of fact-checkers. It gets confusing.

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  10. Where’s the correction from the thousands of loons who said the Smollet hoax was proof of rising racial and homophobic hatred in ‘Trump’s America’ (still lol at how many times I heard that term applied).

    Watched a bit of CNN tonight and they were actually saying it maybe wasn’t Smollet’s fault, might be people around him.

    Lol journalism.

    harkin (b5e7fd)

  11. As for Smollett, this is worse than crying “Wolf!” He lied about the wolf.

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  12. coastie officer just arrested for plotting to kill msnbc hosts 2020 democrat presidential candidates pelosi aoc and rbg. coast better get an all white jury of trumpsters. if tried by coastguard that shouldn’t be a problem finding trumpsters.

    lany (2f634f)

  13. Wasn’t there a quote from someone in Obama’s administration that a lot of the folks working there were young, enthusiastic, but knew very little?

    We need more “Schoolhouse Rocks.”

    Simon Jester (548267)

  14. Yes, it was that nitwit Ben Rhodes.

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  15. “The demand for racism has far outpaced the supply, so radicals like Smollett now use homemade alternatives.”

    —- Taylor Day

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  16. CHICAGO — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett surrendered to authorities Thursday morning after he was charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

    Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that Smollett is in custody after surrendering to authorities after 5 a.m. Police said they would conduct a news conference at 9 a.m. Smollett is expected to appear in bond court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.”

    Police said a female attorney was present with Smollett when he turned himself in and his lawyers Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson were not present at the time.

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  17. “I’m the ghey Tupac!”

    —- Jussie Smollet

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  18. If the repulsive republicans could come together in some half assed way like they sorta did during the Kavanaugh lynching and dominate the air waves stating how wrong this is but….
    pretty much silence.

    mg (8cbc69)

  19. “Jussie Smollet RIP”

    —- Fredo Corleone

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  20. 18… don’t expect too much from the petrified party and their “leadership”, mg.

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  21. Meanwhile 18 murders went on in Chicago, unsolved because of this stunt, that’s the punchline.

    Narciso (32dca5)

  22. The camera was pointed in the other direction! If it wasn’t, we would have a vastly different story.

    skwilli (a0813f)

  23. Ari Fleischer
    As Mueller prepares to report, it’s worth remembering all the unnecessary, chicken little, the sky is falling, attempts to “protect” Mueller. Protect from whom? Not Trump. Not Pence. Not Sessions. Not Whittaker. Not Barr. It was a phony hysteria all along. Worth remembering..

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  24. Fit for a pencil-necked geek…

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  25. He looks like the guy from the scream, but hes been running as egregious a scam as smollett

    Narciso (32dca5)

  26. Yes, he has.

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  27. One might make the meta point, this whole story is full of Schiff, nothing actually happened except for the fraud and the monies and man Power expended to prove it, and the Mark’s it revealed: all of them!

    Narciso (32dca5)

  28. And I recall all Smollett’s smirking and racisty hamming it up for the camera, too!

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  29. “The whole thing was so patently fraudulent and ineptly executed, to the extent that the closed circuit security camera that Smollett thought would capture the incident was pointed in the wrong direction. And that there is a massive bullet that was dodged. Even with the confirmation of this as a hoax, that video would no doubt have joined the pantheon of racialist fraud memes alongside “Hands-Up-Don’t-Shoot!,” “I Can’t Breathe!” and the innocent-as-the-day-he-was-born graduation photo of Trayvon Martin (not the one of him flashing Flava-Flav dentures and gang hand signs).”

    —- J.J. Sefton

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  30. It appears that the New York Times and other “reputable news sources” have been affected by the rush-to-judgement practices prevalent in television, radio and internet “news.” To the extent that this behavior has become the norm, the representation of the news media as “the enemy of the people” by our president looks more like a statement of fact than it once did.

    John B Boddie (66f464)

  31. Wait until the Mueller report turns out to be a nothing-burger…

    B.A. DuBois (80f588)

  32. When do they jump to conclusions re the left or Islamists,

    Narciso (32dca5)

  33. good thing lt. hasson didn’t have any nooses in his arsenal. Wouldn’t want the guy to become a danger to society or anything.

    JRH (fe281f)

  34. Correction: February 20, 2019
    An earlier version of this publication used to be known as a legit news source.

    Munroe (b8716f)

  35. What the dyke said: “It’s 2019, And Gay People Are Still Being Forced To Attack Themselves In The Streets.”

    Paul Montagu (0eb929)

  36. I wish there were words to express my contempt for Jussie Smollett. Wait! There are! His words:

    Shut the hell up you b—- a– n—-.
    … you are a disgusting, racist, piece of trash …
    Just a dumpster full of hate. FOH. [F— outta here]

    nk (dbc370)

  37. Wait till the feds charge him for terrorist threats via the mail. Hoo boy.

    Patricia (3363ec)

  38. R.I.P. Peter Tork

    Icy (0e61a5)

  39. Frank Pepe’s in New Haven ct. is some of the best Coal fired pizza ever.

    mg (16ae3a)

  40. As Chicago’s own Rev. Wrong could say, Smollett’s chickens have come home… and boy, are they delicious!

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  41. That would be a brave Reverend, eating that chicken.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  42. Marinated in bitter, leftwing Dem tears, baby!

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  43. and then there were two, harkin… 🙈

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  44. The monkees, The Turtles. The Rascals, the Beatles, the Yardbirds.
    We were lucky!!

    mg (16ae3a)

  45. Yes indeed!

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  46. he paid with a check, and he kept in touch with the brothers in Nigeria,?

    narciso (d1f714)

  47. Lol, narciso. Liberals have a learning issue with checks and balances.

    mg (16ae3a)

  48. We were lucky!!

    We sure were.

    From the time I was six until about 16, the world of music transformed like no other time in history.

    Our house was filled w Beatles, Beach Boys, Stones, Motown, Hendrix, Monkees etc., Everything from Miles Davis (Pop loves jazz) to Herb Alpert to Zepplin and Bowie.

    One thing that really brings those early 60s SoCal days back is the Stones at the SM Civic In 64 doing Around And Around.

    harkin (b5e7fd)

  49. Imagine someone taking “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.” – Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

    They could wind up president.

    A closet Trumpster; come out, Jussie! Wear the red proudly.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  50. no rick dees, that was the other guy,

    narciso (d1f714)

  51. When you got nuthin, project….from CNN to these boards it’s all they have.

    Such lol weak sauce.

    harkin (b5e7fd)

  52. Louis Armstrong and Frank is what my mom loved to play.

    mg (16ae3a)

  53. 51… yeah, it’s Trump’s fault.

    Own it.

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  54. Peter G. Hilton JD
    Roger Stone 28 FBI agents and 17 vehicles dawn raid on his home, CNN Present at arrest “Lying to the FBI” Republican.
    Jussie Smollett, Zero Police, Zero Vehicles , walks in to the police station at 5am no one around, “Lying to the American People”, Democrat

    harkin (b5e7fd)

  55. @55. He does.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  56. Yes, indeed… Smollet does.

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  57. 30.

    “The whole thing was so patently fraudulent and ineptly executed, to the extent that the closed circuit security camera that Smollett thought would capture the incident was pointed in the wrong direction.

    That gets things 180 degrees wrong.

    Rush Limbaugh today did conncede the possibility that avoiding a camera was deliberate, but I don’t think he understood the reason:

    Smolette would not get to do a second take.

    And this was a stunt. It’s one thing to be interviewed on Giid Morning America; it’s another thing to do a stunt.

    This way he didn’t even need to stage the stunt at all. He didn’t even need any sound effects. (He could have had some: It seems like he was speaking on the phone with his music manager, who backed him up on his story, claiming to have heard some of it, but I think he’s lying too.)

    With no camaeras focused on the action while it was haeppening, it could all be done very slowly or even not at all. And he could want home with the noose around his neck. Or put it on at home. He only called 911 from home.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  58. “Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump
    .@JussieSmollett – what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA 8:09 AM – Feb 21, 2019”


    “People have gotta know that their President is not crook. Well, I’m not a crook…” – The Big Dick, 11/17/73

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  59. Twana and Jussie

    mg (16ae3a)

  60. tucker carlson got bitch slapped by dutch historian saying a millionaire and fox news defending billionaires. fox wouldn’t air interview!

    lany (2fc43b)

  61. Oh-so-Morton-Downey,-Jr., seasoned w/a little Roger Stone.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  62. @63. Outside of the Animal Planet, there is no TeeVee cabler that’s not bitch-slapped Tucka one way or t’other; even the Weather Channel has seen him wind-whipped and rained on his parade.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  63. “The Devil made me do it.” — Flip “Geraldine” Wilson
    “Trump made me do it.” — Jussie “B___ A____ N____” Smollett

    Don’t you touch me, honey, you don’t know me that well!

    nk (dbc370)

  64. The entire leftosphere, news media and Hollywood:

    “Yo Tuck, hold our beer”

    harkin (b5e7fd)

  65. “It’s just this war and that lying son of a bitch, Johnson Trump”

    Some excuses never die.

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  66. I saw The Monkees in ‘88 w/ Weird Al opening


    Icy (385ee4)

  67. I saw the Monkees in December 1986 at the then Rosemont Horizon with Hermans Hermits, Gary Puckett and some other 60s bands as part of a Catholic Youth jamboree.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  68. 66.“The Devil made me do it.” — Flip “Geraldine” Wilson
    “Trump made me do it.” — Jussie “B___ A____ N____” Smollett


    My manager made me do it?

    According to Smollett’s music manager, in an earlier interview with Variety, he said that the two assailants shouted, “This is MAGA country” at Smollett during the assault.

    Now that probably did not happen. The manager is lying and involved.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  69. “Lady, will power, it’s now or never give yo’…”

    Dude had a thing for young girls and couldn’t get ‘em out of his life, IIRC…

    Colonel Haiku (273e2b)

  70. It;ll be interesting to see if he turns on his manager.

    Now who made (or encouraged) the manager to do it?

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  71. I think the moonkeymobile was a Pontiac GTO
    It was all tricked up

    mg (7e0e37)

  72. @74. It was all tricked up

    Just like the namesake: ‘The Pre-Fab Four’ – London Sunday Mirror,1967 – source, wikimonks

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  73. Claim by Vanity Fair magazine:

    It was highly unlikely, for half a dozen reasons, including that it was 10 degreees below zero Fahrenheit. What we supposed to imagine? That they were secretly trailing him? Or taht they knew where he custoimarily went and thoght that neither rain, snow or gloom of night woukld stay him from his suual rounds? If they were from Chicago wouldn’t they pick another night?

    Smollett allegedly paid the brothers with a physical check, for example—which means that even by merely writing about it, I’ve apparently thought through this crime more rigorously than Smollett allegedly ever did.

    Smolett never expected this to be traced to the two men who actually were involved, and he didn’t have any fallback plan if it was. So what did cutting them a $3,500 check add? He also paid for their hotel rooms in Chicago. That check was not for “mugging supplies” by the way, as one joke by Charles Barkley (or Shaq?) had it. For that, he gave them a $100 bill. That was extra. He also had them wear gloves so as not to leave any fingerprints, or DNA.

    After it was exposed, then he came up wiutha fallback plan: People close to him did it. But he didn’t have this idea at the start. He counted on the “crime” never being solved. Then you could really make hay with it.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  74. According to the two men, who confessed at the 47th hour (of 48) before maybe they were going to be charged, Smolette did actually point out the spot and the camera where they were supposed to do it.

    That’s still consistent with NOT wanting to get this on videotape. Especially since he didn’t want the perpetrators to get caught. He probably didn’t explain why just there. The camera may have been mentioned to them as a landmark.

    Smolett didn’t even file a formal complaint until police told him they had a suspect – when they told him who the two suspects were, he didn’t wnat to do it.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  75. Some local media outfit, a radio station or a TV outlet, have used 2 white mini-celebrities as ringer/”suspects”, ideally sports personalities who would have been at a road game, broadcasting or sound asleep at the time of the crime. If presented with a lineup of “friends and family”, I wonder if he resorts to eenie meanie meinie moe.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  76. This was all arranged very quickly after the letter hoax failed to get any traction, probably because Kamala Harris (or someone with her campaign) needed this to happen very quickly, at the golden moment when half a dozen presidential candidates were launching their campaigns, and this way to help Kamala Harris pull out of the pack.

    Jussie Smolett is from California, and his mother is friends with Angela Davis. I don’t yet know of any connection to Kamala Harris, but that’s the way to bet.

    There is probably also some connection to Cory Booker, but this could have happened any number of ways. They both supported an anti-lynching bill, and they both made similar tweets when the started. I would go with Kamala Harris, with Cory Booker (who likes to copy things) being roped in as a supporting player. And/or possibly having his thunder captured. The same political operatives could have affected both Senators, but he/they could ahve bene much closer to one than the other..

    It wasn’t done to raise Jussie Smolett’s pay. He was getting a lot. Although you could say maybe it was done to raise his profile. Or avoid having the series cancelled.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  77. urbanleftbehind (5eecdb) — 2/22/2019 @ 10:58 am

    … If presented with a lineup of “friends and family”, I wonder if he resorts to eenie meanie meinie moe.

    You’re not clear enough, as to waht you mean. I don’t follow you.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  78. We still don’t know all the people Smolett talked to before the incident.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  79. I’m saying the CPD could have called his bluff and just gotten 6 or so fake perps who fit a basic description of white young adult male. This likely would have been an assortment including off-duty personnel, relatives, really any 6 you could think off and that was available to be in a lineup at a time Smollett was called in to identify. But to expose his desperation even further, you could have included some minor celebrities that may be known to Chicagoans but not known to a transplanted black Californian.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

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