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It’s all but official. Empire co-star Jussie Smollett lied about getting attacked by two Trump supporters on a sub-zero Chicago street. Smollett says two men attacked him, doused him with bleach, threw a noose-like rope around his neck and yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him. Oh, and one cried something about being in “MAGA country,” meaning President Donald Trump’s supporters were to blame.



After weeks of fearing to tread into this area of comedy due to not wanting to challenge the official line that Jussie Smollett was the victim of a hate crime perpetrated by MAGA hat types, despite a lot of evidence that this was actually a hoax, the comedy floodgates seemed to have finally opened this week. On Friday night the Daily Show presented an hilarious skit brutally mocking Smollett.



Appearing as a panel member on Friday's New Day on CNN, The Beat D.C. managing editor Tiffany Cross claimed that MAGA supporters are to blame for people perceiving them as racist and violent, and fretted that the media have been too apologetic toward them in the aftermath of the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax. As liberal CNN contributor Van Jones thought her analysis was unfair to Donald Trump supporters, he still ended up smearing them by claiming they treat blacks the way Smollett and Cross treated them.



On Thursday, Empire actor and apparent hoaxer Jussie Smollett was formally charged with allegedly fabricating a hate crime. Meanwhile, liberal media folks like CNN’s Don Lemon were trying to distance themselves from their past support, while also pretending Trump supporters were not harmed by the claims. But Fox News host Tucker Carlson wasn’t going to let him get away with it; tearing into Lemon later that night for acting like a “holy victim.”



The bizarre tale of Empire star Jussie Smollett took another interesting turn on Thursday morning, when black commentators appeared on CNN with At This Hour host Kate Bolduan to discuss the charges of disorderly conduct filed by the Chicago police against Smollett.Keith Boykin -- who said he has known Smollett for eight years -- said he was “devastated” by the accusations of staging a fake homophobic and racist attack and sending a threatening letter containing white powder to himself. In addition, political commentator and weekend CNN anchor Van Jones described the situation as the “fall of an icon.”



With Empire actor and apparent hoaxer Jussie Smollett now formally charged with allegedly fabricating a hate crime, many are calling out the liberal media for falling for the accusations because they fit their anti-Trump narrative. During a Thursday appearance on Fox News Channel’s Special Report, Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti called out the media for often holding water for liberals and against Republicans.



On Tuesday, the website The Blast reported that Jussie Smollett specifically requested that Robin Roberts handle the interview because the two knew each other from when she appeared on an episode of Empire that aired last year. So let's take a look. On the April 11, 2018 episode, Roberts was much tougher on fictional Jamal Lyon (played by Smollett) than she was on Smollett in real life! 



This past weekend, conservative author Rod Dreher and Daily Caller reporter Jen Kerns’ articles were both censored on the site. "You are not allowed to say on Facebook that Jussie Smollett carried out a hate hoax,” Dreher tweeted on Sunday. He posted a screenshot of Facebook saying the article “goes against our Community Standards.” Facebook later lifted the ban, but free speech advocates are debating why it happened in the first place.



Even if the crumbling and increasingly dubious Jusse Smollett hate crime story is false, it still indicates the level of racial “menace” and “fear” in the United States. That was the claim of the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart on Thursday, doubling down on comments from last week. He even cited a survey as the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center as proof. 



CNN host Don Lemon patted himself on the back for a job well done reporting “just the facts” on the ridiculous Jussie Smollett story, on his show Wednesday night, after news broke that the actor was being charged for filing a false police report. Lemon bragged that his network had always treated the story skeptically from the start, before weirdly going on to defend Smollett as a victim of his own hoax.



Appearing on the 9:00 a.m. ET hour of Thursday’s Today show, Sunday Today anchor Willie Geist warned his media colleagues against “rooting for an outcome” in a story as they discussed actor Jussie Smollett being arrested for filing a false police report about a fictitious assault by Trump supporters.