I started reading Sharyl Attkisson’s new book The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote.
And maybe it’s because I’m reading The Smear that this synchronized outrage over the allegations against Judge Roy Moore seems a bit suspect to me.
Es riecht, ja? Es stinkt. Stinkt to high heaven.
And we’re told that if we were disgusted by Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey, we’re hypocrites if we don’t immediately show disgust over what the Post is claiming.
But here’s the problem.
My disgust over Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey had to do with the fact that all of Hollywood knew what they were doing. And none of them said a damn thing.
For both Weinstein and Spacey this systematic harassment and abuse began decades ago and continued through to the present.
And all the while, everyone knew and said nothing.
I saw this tweet yesterday from an Alabama attorney:
It's no secret I'm no fan of Moore but I've worked in law in AL for nearly 30 yrs and I've never even heard rumors about anything like this. Believe me, he's been plenty controversial enough that I honestly believe it would've come out LONG ago.
— beach (@beachws) November 9, 2017
If Roy Moore really is a sexual predator, this would have been going on for decades and the people around him would have known.
And as beach points out, Roy Moore has been a controversial public figure for years. The Left has hated him for years.
And yet not a word of this was ever said before.
So why now?
Because he is a threat to the Democrats and, more importantly, to the status quo in Washington.
Just look at how rapidly the Establishment Republicans demanded he leave the race.
In fact, their statements are strikingly similar.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “If these allegations are true, he must step aside.”
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) argued, “If there is any shred of truth to the allegations against Roy Moore, he should step aside immediately.”
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said, “If there is any truth at all to these horrific allegations, Roy Moore should immediately step aside as a Senate candidate.”
Did Jeff Flake and Susan Collins coordinate their talking points?
No, no, no. Something about this stinks to high heaven.
The timing alone is suspect. Especially coming from a Washington newspaper that has already endorsed the Democrat in this Alabama Senate race.
And when you add to that the fact that in all this time nobody has ever accused Moore of anything like this before?
Well, it’s beginning to look more and more like a smear.
In the introduction to her book The Smear, Attkisson defines it like this:
What, exactly, is a smear?
That depends on who you ask. One man’s smear is another man’s truth. In simple terms, it’s an effort to manipulate opinion by promulgating an overblown, scandalous, and damaging narrative. The goal is often to destroy ideas by ruining the people who are most effective at communicating them.
We know far too much about how the Enslaved Press operates to be suckered in to believing their reports.
And the rapid deployment of matching outrage and sputtering disgust from every other news outlet seems too choreographed to be believed.
Menendez allegations are 5 years old.
Corrupt media covered Moore more in 3 hours than Menendez in those 5 years.
Another reason we cannot trust them. And should not.
— Google "CNN,175,Sue" (@NolteNC) November 9, 2017
WaPo’s dishonesty is also troublesome; attempting to criminalize relationships with teens of legal age.
Moore was single and the age difference is less the one between myself and my wife of 28 years.
Padding the piece with crafty dishonesty. Suspicious.
— Google "CNN,175,Sue" (@NolteNC) November 10, 2017
When it comes to our modern-day news media, my default setting is doubt.
And I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.
The formula – a last minute scandal to derail a candidate you don’t like – is being followed to a tee.
And as I’ve said countless times before. When you know how the sausage is made, you are less likely to fall for it.
And this sausage has all the stink of a coordinated, synchronized smear.
If you haven’t yet, you might want to get your copy of Sharyl Attkisson’s The Smear. It’s available at Amazon. And wouldn’t it be ironic to buy it from Bezos?
Or you can pick it up at any bookseller not associated with Jeff Bezos.
It’s also available at Apple iBooks.
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