SEMI-NEWS/SEMI-SATIRE: February 24, 2019 Edition

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Opinion Column by John Semmens
Smollett Hoax Excused

This week, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced that actor Jussie Smollett's claim that two Trump supporters assaulted him after his January 29th 2 A.M. run to Subway for a tuna sandwich was a hoax.

"Suspicions were first raised when the responding officers noticed that the sandwich survived unscathed," Johnson said. "How does that happen with two men beating on Mr. Smollett? To put it succinctly, it made his story seem fishy."

"After we located the suspects it turned out they were friends of Mr. Smollett who alleged that he had paid them to lightly beat him without doing any serious harm, especially to his face. They were able to back up their claim by leading us to the $3500 check Smollett wrote to them to cover the expenses incurred in the plot—the non-chafing rope, the environmentally-friendly bleach, the Make America Great Again hats, and the black face masks."

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif) e
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