Michelle Malkin: Handy history of fake noose
Is it any wonder that American news consumers are at the end of their ropes of patience with the “mainstream media”?
Three weeks ago, there were troubling questions about Trump-hating, attention-craving actor Jussie Smollett’s absurd hate crime claims. Few in the “professional” journalism herd paid heed. Now everyone’s a Johnny-come-lately debunker.
And everyone’s making excuses: How could we have known? Why would anyone lie about racism?
Listen and learn, addled enablers of fraud. Fake Noose is a sick phenomenon that has run rampant across the country unchecked:
• Columbia University, 2007. Black psychology professor Madonna Constantine made the media rounds claiming she found a “degrading” noose hanging from her office door. Constantine led fist-waving protests, decried “systematic racism” and prompted a nationwide uproar. Things didn’t add up when Columbia initially blocked investigators from obtaining 56 hours of surveillance video.. It turned out she was desperately trying to distract from a brewing internal probe of her serial plagiarism, for which she was eventually fired. The hate crime probe hit a dead end.
• Baltimore Fire Department, 2007. Donald Maynard, a black firefighter-paramedic apprentice, claimed he found a knotted rope and threatening note with a noose drawing on it at his stationhouse. A federal civil rights investigation ensued and the NAACP cried racism — until Maynard confessed to the noose nonsense amid a department-wide cheating scandal.
• Salisbury State University, 2016. Students, faculty and administrators were horrified when a stick figure hanging from a noose on a whiteboard was discovered at the school’s library. The N-word and hashtag #WhitePower also appeared in the menacing graffiti. Campus authorities immediately launched an investigation, which exposed two black students as the perpetrators.
• Kansas State University, 2017. A paroxysm of protest struck K-State after someone reported a noose hanging from a tree on campus. Black students lambasted authorities for not acting quickly enough. They stoked anger online with the hashtag #DontLeaveUsHanging and demanded increased security. But the “noose” was made of cut pieces of nylon parachute cord, which police believed had been discarded by someone who “may have simply been practicing tying different kinds of knots.”
• Michigan State University, 2017. When a student reported a noose hanging outside her dorm room, MSU administrators went into full freakout mode over the racial incident. But it turned out the “noose” was a “packaged leather shoelace” that someone had dropped accidentally.
• Mississippi State Capitol, 2018. Media outlets blared headlines about seven nooses and “hate signs” found hanging in trees by the capitol building before a special runoff election for U.S. Senate. The stories created an impression that the nooses were left by GOP racists. In truth, they were a publicity stunt perpetrated by Democrats.
In the wake of Smollett’s folly, media sensationalists bluster that there’s no way they could have known they were being strung along. Thanks for the valuable admission, elite news professionals, that you are not only dumb and blind but incompetent to boot. It doesn’t take a fancy journalism degree to learn from the long, sordid history of Fake Noose.
When you’ve seen one social justice huckster, you’ve seen ’em all.
Michelle Malkin is a conservative blogger, syndicated columnist, author and Fox News Channel contributor.