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Is The Bubba Wallace "Noose" Story A Hoax?

Jeff Katz
June 25, 2020 - 1:41 pm

In what seemed to be an expression of disappointment that the Bubba Wallace "noose" incident turned out to be nothing, both CBS This Morning and NBC’s Today show denied the results of the FBI investigation into the matter which declared there was no hate crime.

While interviewing Wallace, NASCAR's only black driver, both networks spent the time pushing the idea that Wallace was in fact targeted with a "noose" which the FBI determined was actually a pull rope used to close the garage door. Rather than be relieved that it was not a racial incident, both shows chose instead to accept a false reality.

Hosts made ridiculous claims such as, they "still don't really know what happened here" and the FBI investigation didn't "pass the smell test."

CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King asked Wallace, "Do you think that you were the target of a hate crime? I know what the federal investigators are saying. What do you think happened here?"

And despite Wallace's reply of "No, I don't - I don't think I was," King still cast doubt on the matter: "I really hope, Bubba, that this wasn't a hate crime directed at you. That would be very good news."

While talking to Wallace, Today show co-host Craig Melvin suggested that the FBI investigation may not have been up to snuff and therefore couldn't be trusted: "Bubba, to be clear here, it sounds like you don't think that this passes the smell test. It sounds like you're still fairly convinced that what was in that garage stall wasn't a rope pull, but it was a noose, and it was designed to intimidate or make a statement. Is that what you still believe?"