Home News EMBARRASSED: Why Has GMA Gone 665 Days Since Overlaying Jussie Smollett?

EMBARRASSED: Why Has GMA Gone 665 Days Since Overlaying Jussie Smollett?


The Jussie Smollett hoax trial went to the jury on Wednesday afternoon, however you wouldn’t realize it on Good Morning America. Because the begin of the trial, the ABC present has supplied ZERO protection of the claims that the actor lied a couple of MAGA mob assaulting him.

It appears as if GMA’s reporters and hosts are embarrassed of their 2019 credulous, fawning interview with Smollett. 

Right here’s a bigger query: When was the final time Good Morning America lined or talked about Smollett’s crumbling claims in any respect? Based on a Nexis and Snapstream search, it was February 12, 2020. That’s 665 days in the past. 

As I noted in my NewsBusters study on Monday, the reason being probably disgrace. On February 14, 2019, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts devoted a whopping 17 minutes and 52 seconds to her “unique” interview of the actor recounting his claims. Roberts virtually acted as a PR agent, hailing the Empire star who claimed MAGA-loving maniacs acknowledged him on the streets of Chicago in the course of the evening and occurred to have a noose. 

Speaking to her co-hosts again in 2019, Roberts bragged in regards to the GMA unique: “[This interview] is the primary time he is given an in depth account, an account that Chicago police have stated that been constant. He hasn’t modified his story and likewise stated it is credible.” 

Right here’s the present complete of how the community morning and night information reveals have lined the hoax trial. ABC, unsurprisingly, supplied the least quantity of air time, simply two minutes and 15 seconds since November 29, 2021. All of that has come from World Information Tonight. 

CBS acquired off to a sluggish begin. Till the morning of December 6, CBS Mornings and the CBS Night Information had no protection. As of Thursday morning, CBS is now as much as a more healthy eight minutes and 25 seconds. The journalists on the Right this moment present and NBC Nightly Information deserve credit score for persistently masking the trial. Their complete is eight minutes and 37 seconds. 

If you wish to see protection from Good Morning America, you need to go all the best way again to February 12, 2020. Right here’s all 49 seconds. 



MICHAEL STRAHAN: George, we’re gonna go now to that new twist within the Jussie Smollett scandal. A particular prosecutor is now indicting the actor, who’s accused of creating up the story of his racially motivated assault. Alex Perez joins us now from Chicago with extra. Good morning to you, Alex.

ALEX PEREZ: Hey, good morning, Michael. Nearly a yr since related expenses in opposition to Jussie Smollett had been abruptly dismissed. The particular prosecutor now dealing with the case says these expenses ought to have by no means been dropped. Now a grand jury on Tuesday indicted Smollett on six counts of disorderly conduct. These expenses associated to allegations the actor allegedly staged a racist and homophobic assault in opposition to himself. Now, his attorneys argue that is about politics, not justice. He is due again in court docket on these new expenses February twenty fourth. George?

The trial is now with the jury. Will the Good Morning America co-hosts hassle to cowl the outcomes? Or are they too embarrassed at how eagerly they jumped at flimsy claims a couple of MAGA mob? 

I reached out to the Good Morning America co-hosts, in addition to a number of producers, in regards to the lack of protection. I’ve but to listen to again. 

ABC’s continued try to bury their credulous preliminary protection of Smollett was sponsored by Macy’s. Clock on the hyperlink to allow them to know what you assume.