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Vox’s Liz Plank runs into trouble defending the media’s reporting of Jussie Smollett and ‘MAGA country’

Vox’s Liz Plank while on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday when she blamed celebrities and activists for pushing the “MAGA country” aspect on the alleged attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
“The people who were repeating [MAGA country] were not news outlets,” she told Brian Stelter and the panel. “We can’t confuse celebrity tweets with the media”:


Vox's Liz Plank on "This is MAGA country" quote: "The people who were repeating that quote were not news outlets...It was repeated by, sure, people who maybe had good intentions of wanting to spread the story...We can't confuse celebrity tweets with the media and the press.

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It was quickly pointed out to here that the media did indeed report the “MAGA country” quote over and over and over again, amplifying it much more than any celebrity tweet could have. Some examples:


And do you know who else amplified it? Well, look at this. Liz Plank herself did it:
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Here are the three tweets that I can find that @feministabulous RT'd in the early days of the reporting on the incident:
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And:
Let’s also not forget that right after this story broke, there was criticism that the MSM who used “alleged” attack or “possible hate crime” were a “goose-step around the truth”:
So maybe one of the lessons we can start with is that describing reported crimes as “possible” or “alleged” is a sound journalistic and epistemological practice, not an attack on victims. https://www.gq.com/story/jussie-smollett-hate-crime/amp?__twitter_impression=true 
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Oh, and the Plank whitesplained hate-crime statistics to Kmele Foster:
Plan later tried to clean things up, but that backfired, too:
news outlets did not assign truth to his statement, they correctly reported it as a claim which is what journalism is. they reported it as being investigated which it was! the examples of reputable news outlets that you’re quoting in your tweet all reported a claim, not a fact.
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Yeah, no:
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But that’s not what she said on air:
Problem here is that you said they didn’t repeat it—“I remember reading about this story and looking for a real reputable media outlet reporting on that. I could not find one. The people repeating that quote were not news outlets”—and now you’re saying they did and were right to.
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And besides, the media didn’t always use “alleged.” Some more examples:
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