a specific statement was considered the basis of a fake MAGA master plan.
Nearly a minute, we learn that during the Smolette interview, a Chicago spokesperson made a Twitter statement stating that two "persons of interest" had been identified as being in the field of attack. The spokesman also confirmed that the two men were taken for questioning. The Chicago DP has repeatedly refused to classify these two men allegedly questioned throughout the day as suspects.
Fast forward to about three o'clock when local Chicago people began to get what we could just describe. "Professionally thirsty" in this case. The ABC7 in Chicago – and in particular the Twitter account of Rob Elgass's anchor – began to report on the development of Smollett's attack by starting to quote an update that the two Chicago PD men had previously come up as extras of Empire . (This was later signed by their rivals at CBS Chicago, who said that had spoken to the male attorney who had confirmed it.) Elgaz followed him with a statement that also ended with ABC7 reporting. and the CBS report in Chicago – that Chicago detectives are now investigating whether Smollett has organized the attack, and ABC7 goes so far as to say that "because Smollett was written off by an empire ." All this is attributed to "Multiple" but unnamed sources.
At this point, many voices start calling to call crap, even when the ABC7 and other local news releases are spreading online. A Chicago police spokesman responded to the Twitter affair, saying that "media reports on the incident Empire as a fraud were unconfirmed," and called the sources of ABC7 "uninformed and inaccurate." The writers' Academy on Twitter strongly denied the intention to write the character of Smollett. The Smollett representation clearly showed that contrary to Elgaz and the initial reporting of his team Smollett actually answered questions from the police about the attack earlier today. These same news reports The CPD can accommodate the two persons of interest without loading them with anything until tomorrow night.
On the one hand, the organization is publicly very careful not to eat people by trying to blame Smolet or, even worse, to accuse him of running a fiction. (Police officer Eddie Johnson even called ABC7 to make it clear that Smollett was "considered a victim").) On the other hand, it seems unlikely that two local news teams would go so far one limb without anyone at the CPD to say something quite exciting in an irregular way. Meanwhile, Smletlet never hesitated to report details of what had happened to him, while his network seemed utterly resolute to make it clear that his alleged "motif" of falsification of the attack did not actually exist.
So, yes, as we said: Clusterfuck.