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Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett and the price we pay for chasing clicks and ditching verification

Jussie Smollett and the price we pay for chasing clicks and ditching verification

What a sorry mess our news and information ecosystem has become.

That’s the rueful thought I had Jan. 29 as I surfed the first reports in social media about the alleged attack in Chicago on Jussie Smollett, the 36-year-old cast member of the Fox TV series “Empire.”

I was dismayed to see two Democratic candidates for president, Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, on Twitter calling the alleged attack an “attempted modern day lynching” without any confirmation that Smollett’s account of events actually occurred.

But politicians jumping into inflammatory culture-war issues without verification of their facts...

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