By J. D. Heyes
Chicago Police were upset as could be when Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx dropped all charges against former â€œEmpireâ€ actor Jussie Smollett in March after cops had him dead to rights for filing a fake hate crimes report.
AsÂ NewsTarget reportedÂ at the time, Chicago PD Superintendent Eddie Johnson was in the middle of a police cadet graduation when he heard the news that Smollett was going to walk. TheÂ Chicago Sun-TimesÂ reported that he was â€œfuriousâ€ because the case against the â€œEmpireâ€ actor was â€œrock solid.â€
In all, Chicago PD charged him with not one, not three, butÂ 16 countsÂ of â€œdisorderly conductâ€ after he â€œallegedlyâ€ hired two Nigerian men to â€˜beat him upâ€™ so he could claim that a couple of white, MAGA hat-wearing, bigoted supporters of POTUSÂ Donald Trump did it. Had he even been convicted for half of those, he would have spent more than a decade behind bars.
As if Smollett didnâ€™t get enough help to stay out of jail from a radical Left-wing prosecutor, heâ€™s now getting a major assist from search behemoth Google. As reported by theÂ Washington Free Beacon, Google â€œis hiding searchesâ€ of the Smollett case, which was widely reported at the time, â€œfrom its platform due to concerns of â€˜potentially disparagingâ€™ the liberal actor.â€
Never mind that heâ€™s already disparaged himself with aÂ fakeÂ hate crime claim.
The Beacon noted that an analysis of Googleâ€™s autocomplete tool in its search bar regarding Smollett â€œfound no references to anything regarding the hate crime, even thoughÂ the companyâ€™s own data showÂ it is the only reason his name was ever searched,â€ the site reported.
According to the analysis, the top search results for â€œjussie smollettâ€ include â€œEmpire,â€ which he no longer has a role on; â€œsister,â€ â€œnews,â€ â€œmighty ducksâ€ (where he landed a small role nearly 30 years ago), â€œwifeâ€ (which he doesnâ€™t have), and â€œfamily.â€
When adding an â€œhâ€ to â€œjussie smollettâ€ (to begin â€œhate crimeâ€) the results are â€œheight,â€ â€œhawaii,â€ â€œhouse,â€ â€œhusbandâ€ (heâ€™s gay), â€œhotel,â€ â€œhow much per episode,â€ and â€œhurt people,â€ theÂ Free BeaconÂ reported, adding screenshots of the searches.
â€œEasily accessible Google search information reveals there were virtually no searches of Smollett until he said he was attacked, and that the searches spiked further once it was revealed as a hoax,â€ the news site reported.
As usual, Google officials hid their Left-wing political activism behind an abstract company policy. When contacted by theÂ Free BeaconÂ about the obvious search discrepancy, a spokesperson pointed the news site to a specific segment of the search autocomplete function banning â€œpredictions that associate potentially disparaging or sensitive terms with named individuals.â€
Whatâ€™s disparaging about being able to search for, and find, a news story that reported what Smollett did? Itâ€™s not like itâ€™s fake news â€” you know, likeÂ CNN, andÂ The New York TimesÂ generally report.
â€œThe policy for Autocomplete predictions does not take into account what results may appear when you do the search, but is specifically about the text in the prediction itself,â€ the spokesperson told theÂ Free Beacon. â€œWe have algorithms that will prevent predictions from appearing if we detect that they likely violate any of the policies, and if our systemsÂ miss anything and violating predictions are reported, we will remove them.â€
â€˜Predictions.â€™ Whatâ€™s predictive about bringing up a reported story?
TheÂ Free BeaconÂ noted that it wasnâ€™t clear if Google was altering or suppressing Smollett search results before Chicago PD stated publicly that he faked the crime. But what is clear, the news site reported, is that Google search results for fellow Hollywood Leftist Harvey Weinstein have also been manipulated because autocomplete functions do not produce any results related to his massive sexual assault scandals.Â
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.