This story has nothing to do with right wingers, Kamala Harris, Trump or any other narrative. Smollett’s action are the story - you know - facts - those pesky things. Heck, CNN gave Smollett non stop coverage, taking Smollet’s story as the perfect victim narrative. They and other media outlets did not ignore him - they took his claims quite seriously, even after legitimate doubts arose. And CNN, hardly a right wing organization, is pouncing, as you say, on the latest news because to not do so would shred their credibility (CNN reported on the latest news responsibly today, not pouncing as you say but rather responsibly reporting what they knew and making clear Smollett’s likely fate). The UVa hoax occurred under the Obama Adminstration - indeed - a UVA grad working in the Obama White House on sexual harassment issues tipped Erdely about Jackie. But neither Obama nor right wingers were responsible for the hoax - a troubled woman knowing as Jackie and a progressive and naive reporter bound to prove a narrative (with an employer all too willing to support her) and having abandoned any sense of healthy skepticism caused the problem.
The core of this story remains a mystery. Even if Smollet is histronically worked up over a Trump (as many seem to be), he is an intelligent guy, and from his performance on ABC the other day (an event his defense attorney will regret), a very talented actor. I have friends who live in his neighborhood - modern high rises abound and one probably could not name a place in the Midwest with more security cameras. Throw into the mix that Chicago (not Streeterville necessarily) is suffering from awful crime in certain neighborhoods, degrading the reputation of the city and causing population loss, all with a heavy racial overtone to it, and Smollett had to know his perfect victim story would be investigated to high holy heck. Again, this guy is articulate and intelligent- no too dumb to know defenses here. The challenge is, of course, is that there is racism out there, and Smollett’s actions make it harder for people with legitimate claims to have them heard properly. Isn’t that the byline?
And to those who say withhold judgment, well, I was doing so, but when CNN throws him under the bus, Smollett is in deep trouble.