“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s sensational story about how he was the victim of a brutal racial and homophobic attack fell apart this week, ending in his arrest. While much of the media remained skeptical, some accused the press of sympathizing with Smollett’s story before all the facts came out.

On this week’s edition of Beat the Press, Emily Rooney was joined by Jon Keller of WBZ News, former CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian, Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University and Callie Crossley of WGBH News.