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Fox News’ The Five Goes Off on Jussie Smollett Media Coverage: The ‘Press Orgy’ Attracts Hoaxes

The hosts of Fox News’ The Five went off today on the media coverage of the Jussie Smollett case after the new reporting that Smollett staged the entire attack.

In his monologue, Greg Gutfeld called out the “faces covered in egg” all over the media in the reactions to the initial reporting:

“Sure, the idea of Trump-ers wandering in sub-zero Chicago at 2:00 a.m. carrying bleach and a noose, attacking some actor from a show they don’t even watch without taking his phone, wallet, or sandwich seemed about as real as me joining The view. But Smollett was the perfect victim for a media that deems any skepticism heresy. That’s why these hoaxes are not rare. It’s the press orgy that attracts them.”

“So many hate crimes are reported, then they go unreported once they’re exposed as hoaxes,” he continued. “Those hoaxes, they are easy to find, though the media wishes you wouldn’t look. They want you to forget them like they do every day so they can commit the same damn mistake tomorrow.”

Jesse Watters asked how Smollett thought he could “try to pull this off” before saying, “The media’s not even looking for the truth anymore. They’re just looking for a story… They get a good story and in the weaponize it against Republicans. It’s now a political hate crime and that’s when you’re motivated by hatred for Republicans to frame them. We have seen it with Covington, with Kavanaugh, with Smollett.”

Katie Pavlich blasted Smollet for playing the “race card,” while Juan Williams went back and forth with Gutfeld a bit saying even though the story’s changed they still don’t have all the facts in.

You can watch above, via Fox News.

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