Democrat-controlled media outlets will run with any story that furthers the party narrative.
That’s why the obviously bogus Jussie Smollett story went as far as it did.
And one Democrat Media Complex story just turned out to be another massive hoax.
The saga of “missing” Carlee Russell has essentially come to an end.
The 25-year-old Alabama woman claimed she saw a toddler wandering the freeway late at night and was abducted shortly after.
Russell later reappeared and said she had been kidnapped.
But her story quickly fell apart.
There was zero evidence of a missing toddler, and prior to her disappearance, Russell had searched the internet for information on Amber Alerts, how to steal from cash registers, and the kidnapping film “Taken” starring Liam Neeson.
Now Russell is admitting through her attorney that the whole story was bogus.
Attorney Emory Anthony wrote in a statement, “There was no kidnapping on July 13, 2023. My client did not see a baby on the side of the road. My client did not leave the Hoover area when she was identified as a missing person. My client did not have any help in this incident, but this was a single act done by herself…My client apologizes for her actions to the community, the volunteers who were searching for her, to the Hoover Police Department and other agencies, as well as to her friends and family. We ask for your prayers for Carlee as she addresses her issues and intends to move understanding that she made a mistake. Carlee again asks for your forgiveness and prayers.”
Supposedly, Crimestoppers is holding onto the $63,000 in donations because the investigation is “still ongoing.”
So who knows how long donors will have to wait to get their money back.
The story didn’t make sense from the start, but the media ran with it nonetheless.
Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis explained, “Six football fields, to think that a toddler, barefoot, that could be 3 or 4 years old, could travel six football fields without getting in the roadway, without crying, it’s very hard for me to understand.”
Russell’s story also contradicted a narrative put out by MSNBC’s Joy Reid that people only care when white women go missing.
In the midst of the Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie disappearance, Reid said, “The way this story captivated the nation has many wondering, why not the same media attention when people of color go missing? … Well, the answer actually has a name: Missing White Woman Syndrome—the term coined by the late and great Gwen Ifill to describe the media and public fascination with missing white women like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway, while ignoring cases involving people of color.”
Sadly, Russell also put her parents in a position to defend her.
Prior to her confession, Russell’s parents told reporters, “She’s having to deal with the trauma of people just making completely false allegations about her…She found her way back to us. However, we can’t discuss the details of that.”
These types of hoaxes only lead to more public cynicism on what the so-called mainstream media says happened versus what actually happened.