Four women came forward saying they were the victims of inappropriate sexual advances by Roy Moore, the ages range form 14-16. The accusations are related to Moore’s actions when he was in his 30s. He is now 70.
Moore denies the accusations. The denial is expected, the plan is to discredit the reports (and indirectly the women) by claiming the reports are total contrived media garbage. The message is directed to the conservative base supporting Moore, with hopes that it will bolster support in that base. The truth of the allegations are irrelevant under this plan of shifting the blame.
John Skipper, 66, a former chair of the Mobile County Republican Party, declared the allegations “total contrived media garbage.” Mr. Skipper said that he would still support the candidate and that he figured most of the Alabama Republicans he knew would probably do the same.
“Most of them will not be shocked,” he said, “and will rather be expecting these shenanigans being pulled by the Democrats as standard operating procedure.” The New York Times
Moore’s message is even more calculated:
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and The Washington Post on this campaign,” he said in a statement. He later attributed the news to “The Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lap dogs.”
The Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs just launched the most vicious and nasty round of attacks against me I’ve EVER faced!
We are are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message. (1/4) #ALSen The New York Times
The message is highly calculated, and targeted. Attacking the media, and the Obama Clinton machine’ works with GOP candidates running for office in states like Alabama. The idea is to create alternative facts that appear believable, and then attack Obama and Clinton. The result, the base is motivated regardless of the truth of the response.
The biggest example of this form of messaging is Steve Bannon, and his use of the alternative fact approach. He is attempting this approach with Roy Moore.
At a speech in New Hampshire Thursday night, GOP strategist Steve Bannon compared the accusations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to the release of President Trump's infamous "Access Hollywood" video during the 2016 election.
"But it's interesting," Bannon told the audience. "The Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped that dime on Donald Trump, is the same Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped the dime this afternoon on Judge Roy Moore. Now is that a coincidence? That's what I mean when I say opposition party, right? It's purely part of the apparatus of the Democratic Party. They don't make any bones about it. By the way, I don't mind it. I'll call them out every day."
Bannon called out the media saying "it's not a free and fair media anymore." CBS News
The Access Hollywood diversionary tactic, blaming the liberal media, worked. Although Donald Trump lost the popular vote, he won the electoral college vote by appealing to a voting base with this diversionary messaging practice. This tactic is designed to undermine facts, create an illusion, lie about the story and blame the Obama Clinton machine.
Think about it, Steve Bannon runs Brietbart. Brietbart is a conservative propaganda machine with a captive conservative audience, an audience who will not question the alternative facts but will buy into the blame shifting game.
This tactic worked for the Access Hollywood story and Roy Moore expects that it will work for accusations painting him as a sexual predator seeking 14-16-year olds…
Will Moore get away with the Access Hollywood strategy? Trump did, and Trump carried states like Alabama.
Moore now has the help of Fox News and Sean Hannity. This is a disgraceful display of creating fiction by a news agency to help a candidate win office. Here is a report from The Huffington Post:
Sean Hannity and Mercedes Colwin, a Fox News legal analyst, focused on the myth that women often lie about sexual harassment as they discussed Roy Moore’s alleged relationships with underage women.
Hannity and Colwin spent a portion of the segment focusing on false accusations, despite research that suggests only 2 percent to 10 percent of allegations are likely false reports.
″Now, I know, and this goes back what you said, do people do it for money?” Hannity asked Colwin. “Do people do it for political reasons? Is that more common than people would think?”
…Colwin told the host that women “definitely” falsely report harassment more than people think.
“Some jurors don’t believe it, because ... in their own lives there are people who have made these accusations for money,” Colwin said. “You see this time and time and time again.”
Studies suggest the opposite actually, showing that two in three sexual assaults will never be reported and that 70 percent of workplace harassment victims won’t speak up out of fear of retaliation. The Huffington Post