The Media Didn't Question the Jussie Smollett Hoax Until It Had To

Just like the Covington Catholic hoax, the Jussie Smollett hoax seemed too good not to be true. Nobody in the media questioned it until it had to because it fit their prejudices about Trump supporters and their tribal obsession with viewing everything through a racial lens.

Now, as the second hoax is coming apart, the media still hasn't learned any lessons.

Jussie Smollett paid two brothers to stage an attack against him, directed them to buy items used in the alleged assault and actually rehearsed it with them, sources say.

Sources say at least one of the brothers bought the rope used in the incident at Smollett’s request. The sources also say the “Empire” actor paid for the rope, which was purchased at the Crafty Beaver Hardware Store in the Ravenswood neighborhood the weekend of Jan. 25.

The brothers, who were questioned by police this week before being released, were paid $3,500 before leaving for Nigeria and were promised an additional $500 upon their return.

They left for Nigeria later in the day on Jan. 29, after the attack.

Sources said one of the brothers held the rope and poured bleach while the other wore a plain red hat and yelled slurs at Smollett.

The media is slowly reluctantly reporting on these developments before rushing off to the next hoax that reinforces all its prejudices.