Commentators like Andrew Bolt will put themselves on all sides of the fence in order to appear opinionated as well as safe to be able to say “I didn’t say that or I told you so in the same breathe”. After all Smollet is a Fox Star.(ODT)
But instant commentary is almost a necessity in 2019 if you are a celebrity or a politician — or anyone with a Twitter account.
The confusion over this story is a by-product of a culture that is quick to judge and to call-out, and one that so often rewards people for taking a side — instantly and via strong language — on an issue of public concern.
Candidates seeking office, like celebrities seeking status — like all us who are extremely online — have become incentivised to weigh in.
But as the Smollett case has shown, when a useful narrative emerges, certainty becomes secondary.