Jussie Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a Subway sandwich shop at around 2 a.m on Jan. 29. The actor, who is black and gay, said the masked men beat him, made derogatory comments and yelled “This is MAGA country” — a reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again” — before fleeing.
A judge set Smollet’s bond at $100,000 today after he was charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.
Today’s read is from Rich Manieri, a professor of journalism at Asbury University in Kentucky.
What’s wrong with this guy?
I’m no psychologist but I don’t think anything is wrong with him. Nor do I necessarily think there’s anything emotionally imbalanced with others who make up similar stories.
We love to medicalize bad behavior.
The Daily Signal, the news website of the conservative Heritage Foundation, chronicled 19 hate crime hoaxes since Donald Trump was elected president.
Among the phony stories:
Read the entire column here.