The media reports the news based on the info available at the time. As the information involves, so does the news. Thatís what happened here ó it was reported by Smollet, and the media reported it consistent w his allegations. When more info came to light that Smollet possibly orchestrated it, it was reported as such.
Thatís how news gathering and news reporting works. Any insinuation that it was deliberately mis-reported for political ends is just:
That's not what happened here. Give me a break. This story checked off all of the media's checkboxes of oppression, racial division and MAGA hate. They desperately wanted this story to be true and they elevated it to a nation wide story because it so confirmed all of their bias.
Objectively speaking, the story was, if true, one of nationwide interest. So the media ran it. End of story.
And when facts emerged showing the story was not true, they ran that, too -- and are still running it.
Your projected biases -- "checkboxes of oppression," and "desperately wanted the story to be true" -- are just that: projections. Period