Regarding Jussie Smollett, I think enough time has passed without any evidence being uncovered to support his story, that we can now say it is more likely than not that he made the whole thing up. I'm not going to say yet that it is 100% certain that he lied, because I'm not going to run with something based on incomplete information, just because it fits a political agenda. I'm not CNN. But, there are three things in particular that lead me to doubt the veracity of his account.
First, the complete lack of evidence. I realized while watching the Brett Kavanaugh hearings that we are now living in a post-evidence era, but there is nothing of a concrete nature to back up his story. No video evidence, no eye witness evidence. No physical evidence of any kind. Everything we have seems to refute, rather than confirm his claims.
Second, his manager claims to have clearly heard the assault over the phone, but he didn't call 911? He thinks his friend is being killed as he listens, but he didn't call 911? Jussie, you could argue, was traumatized and in shock, and that is why he wouldn't immediately call the cops, but what is his manager's excuse?
Third, the reports I've read said they had Jussie on camera for all save about 55 seconds of his journey, and that would be when the attack would have had to take place. That would be some serious luck, or some serious planning on the part of these redneck MAGA guys. Also, they did all this stuff, the confronting, the yelling of racial and homophobic slurs, the Maga stuff, the beating, the noosing and the bleaching, and brought it all in around the 50 second mark? Say what you want about the kind of scum that would perpetrate this kind of attack, but you've got to give them points for efficiency.
I mean, something could still turn up, and I might have to eat my words, but, just like with religion, until I get some evidence, I don't believe it.