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WHITE FACE? Smollett’s Lawyer Offers Bizarre Explanation for Nigerian Attackers

A new theory emerges in the Jussie Smollett case.

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The attorney for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett offered up a bizarre explanation for why her client blamed two white men for his alleged attack in Chicago.

“He did tell police that from what he saw, he thought it was white or pale skin, that’s what he initially said,” attorney Tina Glandian said on TODAY. “Obviously, you can disguise that. You can put make-up on. There’s a video, it took me all of five minutes when I was looking into the brothers, to of one of the brothers in whiteface doing the Joker monologue.”

A screenshot from the video to which Glandian was referring shows one of the Nigerian brothers, whom Smollett fingered as his attackers during the original police investigation, with his face painted white:

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Glandian works for attorney Mark Geragos, who was recently fired as a CNN legal analyst due to his alleged involvement in Michael Avenatti’s attempt to extort Nike.

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All charges against Smollett were mysteriously dropped Tuesday, and records of the case were ordered sealed. The prosecutors cited community service and his forfeiture of his $10,000 bond.

But Glandian said that those terms were not the reason for dropping the charges, adding that Smollett did both because he’s a good guy.

“He had to do nothing. There were no obligations, no conditions. These are the things that he chose to do because this is his character,” she said.

There is a tangled web of attorneys and high profile Democrats that interfered in the Smollett case. Tina Tchen, former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, spoke with State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on behalf of Smollett. Smollett is known to have been friends with the Obama’s. Foxx is also close with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), with whom Smollett is also acquainted.

The Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the handling of Smollett’s case.


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Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years

A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.

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Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.

This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.

Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.

MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.

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This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:

  • The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
  • Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
  • Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
  • An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
  • A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
  • Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)

Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.

As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.

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