The Mainstream Media couldn’t wait to see Judge Roy Moore Lose in the Alabama elections. They practically pushed Moore of the ballot themselves by spreading unfounded accusations. It seems the little opportunists may have had more than one motive behind smearing Judge Moore. Now that Doug Jones has prevailed over Moore in Alabama the media sets sails in a referendum on President Donald Trump. Here is what you need to know.
Take a recent New York Timesarticle, for example, which cites “4 Takeaways from Doug Jones’s Alabama Victory.”
Doug Jones’s win in the “reddest of red states,” the article suggests, signifies that Alabama’s “highly educated and high-income voters, while often open to supporting Republicans, are uneasy with the hard-edged politics of President Trump.” Simply put, this is meant to suggest that the race was a referendum on President Trump’s politics, and specifically, that Moore’s loss was not a reaction to the “claims of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore.” After all, the voting results in the suburbs of Alabama “mirror” the voting pattern of “well-heeled suburbanites” in Virginia last month — a comparison which I cannot imagine the article’s authors could have typed with a straight face. Comparing the voting impulses of D.C. suburbanites in Virginia to Alabama’s suburbanites is about as apples-and-oranges of a comparison as one might get.
But here’s the interesting thing. Anyone who’s honest knows that the media centerpiece of the Alabama election was the troubling allegations of child molestation and sexual assault against Roy Moore, and the scandal which followed. However, the only other mention of the prominent scandal in the New York Times piece is that that “some of Moore’s allies placed the blame for the loss on [Mitch] McConnell, who withdrew his support after the allegations first emerged that Mr. Moore had pursued teenage girls sexually or romantically.”
Do you notice the sleight-of-hand in the language and messaging here? On the one hand, “claims” of “sexual misconduct” were not the reason Moore lost suburbanites, and therefore the election. It was because Trump’s “hard-edged policies” were rebuked. On the other, “allegations” that Moore had “pursued teenage girls sexually or romantically” is what Roy Moore’s defenders are claiming was the real reason he lost. But that’s simply not true, the Times now insists.