Facts and specifics used to matter to journalists. Even more importantly, they used to matter even more when serious allegations were brought up.
After all, if “innocent until proven guilty” disappears, then every person — including you — can have their life shredded based on hearsay and gossip.
It looks like a reliance on solid evidence has been thrown out the window, at least when it comes to the current accusations against Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Over the past several days, news outlets have been reporting unsubstantiated claims that a former police officer was told to protect cheerleaders from Moore.
The woman behind that accusation, Faye Gary, has also openly declared that Moore is a bigot and a racist… but it turns out that she was repeating her own “feelings” and opinions, not facts.
Even more shockingly, the mainstream media completely glossed over the fact that Moore was the prosecutor who sent Faye Gary’s criminal brother to prison 35 years ago.
“The news media seemingly failed to vet Gary, with numerous articles and the MSNBC interview not mentioning that Moore was the prosecutor in an 1982 high profile case that sent her brother, Jimmy Wright, to prison on charges of possession of a controlled substance,” explained Breitbart News.
In other words, she has a clear personal bias and plausible motivation to slander the candidate. Media reports simply left this out.
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) November 21, 2017
“Speaking in a Breitbart News interview on Wednesday, Gary falsely claimed that Moore ‘wanted to keep segregation here in the south,’” stated reporter Aaron Klein, who personally talked to Faye Gary.
“She then claimed that Moore ‘hates Jews. He hates blacks. He hates Muslims. He hates gays,’” continued the Breitbart journalist.
Those are serious claims. What is the evidence that they’re true?
Well… there isn’t any. When Breitbart pressed Gary for specifics about her accusation that Moore is a racist, she admitted it was her “personal feeling.”
“I don’t know exactly what he said about Jews, but he doesn’t like Muslims. I know he doesn’t like Muslims. It is my personal feeling that he doesn’t like blacks,” she declared.
Gee, what a mighty air-tight case. A woman whose criminal brother was put in prison by Roy Moore says the former judge is a racist and a bigot, because that’s her “feeling.”
And the same woman’s claim that she was told to keep Moore away from cheerleaders almost four decades ago? She admits it’s all completely based on a rumor — and not even one that involved anything illegal!
“On being asked as to who gave the instructions to stop Moore from being around the cheerleaders, Gary said they got this mostly from the rumors which spread around the city,” reported the International Business Times.
“The rumor was that Roy Moore likes young girls…. When they said that he liked young girls I thought he liked young girls who are in their 20s,” Faye Gary admitted. Emphasis added.
That’s what the mainstream media is running with: Feelings and rumors.
It’s incredibly difficult to view these anti-Moore claims with a straight face when they fall apart upon even casual investigation, and when the media is running random people’s opinions as fact.
Not a single one of these allegations would hold up in court. They don’t withstand basic scrutiny, and every new accusation seems even more far-fetched than the last.
Skepticism is smart, and therefore we cannot say with certainty whether the claims against Moore are true or not. What is increasingly clear is that hearsay has replaced facts, and that should alarm anybody who values truth and clarity over one-sided witch-hunts.
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