Important US special election in Alabama: Sensational sex charges out of the blue against Republican Roy Moore may be false. A Wall Street Journal Editorial.
Judge Roy Moore was always a time bomb for Senate Republicans, which is why most GOP leaders opposed him in the primary. But Alabama Republicans nominated him anyway, and now the state’s voters will have to assess allegations against Mr. Moore that are among the worst that can be leveled.
Mr. Moore, 70-years-old, is vociferously denying a Washington Post report that he made sexual advances on a 14-year-old girl when he was a 32-year-old district attorney in 1979. The now-adult woman, Leigh Corfman, is on the record with considerable detail, and corroborating witnesses say she told them about the events at the time or at points since. She has little to gain from coming forward now.
The charges are disqualifying for public office if true, even if the statute of limitations has long expired. …
Moore completely denies the charges:
“I don’t know Miss Corfman from anybody,” Mr. Moore told radio host Sean Hannity on Friday. “The allegations are completely false. I believe they’re politically motivated.”
Interesting. Charges of misconduct from 38 years ago suddenly surface at the last minute, despite the fact that this fellow has been up for election several times before. Is this a case of a past indiscretion finally being aired, or is it skulduggery and abuse of their media power by the left? The truth is critical here. But one side of politics says truth is subjective. It’s probably unprovable either way at this point, so there is plenty of room for a mischievous liar. But who is lying? Hmmm.
There are some ominous signs:
Mark Levin told his audience on Thursday this whole thing doesn’t smell right. This story was planted and perfectly timed in their hopes to doom Moore’s campaign.
According to the Washington Post:
While reporting a story in Alabama about supporters of Moore’s Senate campaign, a Post reporter heard that Moore allegedly had sought relationships with teenage girls. Over the ensuing three weeks, two Post reporters contacted and interviewed the four women. All were initially reluctant to speak publicly but chose to do so after multiple interviews, saying they thought it was important for people to know about their interactions with Moore. The women say they don’t know one another.
Mark asked his audience: How did the WaPo know there were four women, who they were, and how to contact them?… A Washington Post reporter just happens to be in Alabama talking to Roy Moore supporters… And he happens to hear what no one has reported in 38 years, no political opponents – No one… That Roy Moore, 38 years ago, made advances to teenage girls. Four of them. Now, the four girls do not know each other, they have never met. Yet the person who the Post reporter happened to run into and speak to, the person who supposedly told the reporter the story about the four girls, happened to know all four girls and how to contact them?
The Post was fed this information by someone or some group.
During a segment that aired on Friday’s broadcast of Birmingham, AL ABC affiliate WBMA 33/40’s 5 p.m. local news, political reporter Lauren Walsh sought out voters in Columbiana, AL to gauge their reactions to the Washington Post report that alleged Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore engaged in inappropriate conduct with four teenage girls more than 34 years ago. …
“Out of all the voters we spoke with Friday in Columbiana, we didn’t find one voter who believed the Washington Post report about Moore,” she said.
The allegations against Roy Moore, by Paul Mirengoff.
The Washington Post’s story about Roy Moore persuades me that, when he was in his early 30s, he liked to date teenage girls. It does not persuade me that he engaged in inappropriate sexual touchings with the 14 year-old girl who claims he did.
The other teenagers the Post interviewed don’t allege inappropriate touchings. … The accuser clearly has had a troubled life. She does not appear stable. …
Her allegations may be true. But based on what has been reported so far, I think her most serious allegations — the ones that, if true, would constitute criminal conduct — are more likely false than true.
Media credibility ain’t what it used to be. Who believes them now, after they were so totally pro-left for the last decade, and especially in 2016?
hat-tip Charles, Scott of the Pacific