Why Now? Because Journalism Happened

UPDATE:

And now the locals come out to say yes, everyone knew:

“These stories have been going around this town for 30 years,” said Blake Usry, who grew up in the area and lives in Gadsden. “Nobody could believe they hadn’t come out yet.”

And …

“Him liking and dating young girls was never a secret in Gadsden when we were all in high school,” said Sheryl Porter. “In our neighborhoods up by Noccalula Falls we heard it all the time. Even people at the courthouse know it was a well-known secret.

Everyone ALWAYS knows…

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Oh, the delicious irony in learning that the Bible-banging wannabe Senator from Alabama with a 10 Commandments fetish is a gigantic creepazoid perv. I mean, who saw that coming? (Note: everyone saw that coming).

Now that we can add Roy Moore’s name to the ginormous dungheap of shit heel evangelical hypocrites (Ted Haggard, Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Paul Crouch, George Rekers, Ralph Reed, Mark Sanford, Lou Beres, etc. etc. etc.), let’s address those excuses wingnuts are throwing out. Oh, they’re so desperate to convince themselves this story is no big deal or, worse, a “Democrat plot.” But, nope. Sorry folks.

The most compelling is the “why now?” defense, as in, Why are we only hearing about this now, a few weeks before a major election? That’s actually a damn good question, because timing is everything and I can see how it would look suspicious. And yes, we all know the myriad reasons why victims don’t come forward, the fear of retaliation, the shame, the not wanting to relive the incident, etc. I’m not talking about that.

The real answer to the “why now” question can be summed up in one word: journalism.

It took a journalist from a national newspaper following the Moore for Senate campaign to hear the rumors that had been swirling around Alabama politics for decades. And this journalist followed up on them, something no Alabama reporter had done. The current post-Harvey Weinstein climate I’m sure had something to do with it; outing creepazoid pervs and sexual predators seems to be all the rage these days. But make no mistake: the victims didn’t come forward to break this story. Two journalists sought them out:

Neither Corfman nor any of the other women sought out The 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.

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This account is based on interviews with more than 30 people who said they knew Moore between 1977 and 1982, when he served as an assistant district attorney for Etowah County in northern Alabama, where he grew up.

Note the emphasis: more than 30 people were interviewed. Moore’s thing for young girls was nearly as much of an open secret as Harvey Weinstein’s predatory behavior.

Teresa Jones, who worked with Moore as Deputy District Attorney in Gadsden, AL, told CNN:

[…] Moore often went to high school events and to other local hangouts. “It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird…We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall…”

She also told the network that co-workers thought the situation was odd, but no one confronted him about it. “You really wouldn’t say anything to someone like that,” she said. 

When asked on Twitter why she did not bring charges against Moore, she posted: “At that time, in that atmosphere unless the girls came forward with specifics, then no, no charges could have been brought. The Weinstein, Hoffman, etc. revelations have made it far more palatable for women to come forward.” 

“Why now?” is a question Alabama voters should be asking their local political media, not Twitter, CNN, and The Washington Post. Roy Moore was a known perv and pedophile, and nobody did anything about it. Alabama voters should rightfully be angry that someone who was elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2001, twice ran for governor, and again was elected Chief Justice in 2013 had this known history, and nobody said a thing about it. I’d be pissed. But sometimes it takes an outsider to do what those too close to the situation can’t. Sometimes it takes a change of circumstances, such as the one that we’re experiencing now, to make it “palatable” for the predators among us to be outted.

There’s a Bible verse that Roy Moore and the rest of the shit heel conservative evangelical caucus might want to remember, and it comes from Luke:

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”

You want to know why? Because journalism. Because the Bible said so. Take your pick.

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13 responses to “Why Now? Because Journalism Happened

  1. Now I understand. I was one of those who was a bit skeptical about something that happened 38 years ago.

  2. Heim

    Roy Moore ran an organization called The Foundation for Moral Law now run by his wife Kayla. No really The Foundation for Moral Law.

  3. Kathleen

    It’s good to know some journalists in this country are doing real investigating as opposed to fluffing fascists because “access”. Looking at you, NYT.

    • Heim

      To Renx and Kathleen.: living in Birmingham and Alabama Sinclair-type local journalism was and is predominate.

  4. democommie

    Well, it’s not an open secret that Ol’ Roy (the dogshit pol, not the dogshit dogfood marketed by Walmart) has a son that’s somehow eluded jailtime despite at least 9 arrests and at least one or two convictions.

    So, Ol’ Roy’s boy is likely a flake offa the old turd. But I’m sure that going after him is verboten ‘cuz the ReiKKKwingerz were so kind and thoughtful re those little trollops of Bill and Killary and Obamandingo and nis Manwife!

    Roy’s a p.o.s.; a lot of US knew that. NOW, everybody knows it.

    @ Heim:

    Elucidate, please.

  5. democommie

    Thanks for the update. Ms. Corfman and her defender & friend, the photographer are both very consevative republicans who voted for Trumpligumlamygdala. Something in the water? Gotta be. I can’t think of any explanation for them still being conservatives or republicans after a seismic shift like this. Oh, wait, yes, I can. Racism.

    • I saw this following links from a New Yorker piece last night:

      “For the record, this story is not just coming up now. Rumors of Moore’s dalliances with teenagers have been floating around for a long time. Sources have tried to get me to investigate this story for years. But since the allegations did not involve actual sexual intercourse or rape, and since my resources are limited compared to the Jeff Bezos Washington Post, I never took on the story.”

      Yes, of course everyone knew. And this particular journalist alleges even worse:

      “Sources tell me Moore was actually banned from the Gadsden Mall and the YMCA for his inappropriate behavior of soliciting sex from young girls. If Moore keeps lying, that story will soon come out in a big way too.”

      • democommie

        “If Moore keeps lying, that story will soon come out in a big way too.”

        While Moore will keep lying, the outcome may not be the story coming out, unless the people that actually have something to say are willing to do so.

        One can only hope.

  6. democommie

    Update to your updates:

    ShitheadSean Inanity gave Ol’ Roy 24 hours–that was about 14 hours ago–to either clear up a few minor inconsistencies or saddle up and GTFO the race. Course, he could always just ‘fess up to his misdeeds and get some forgiveness from JEEZUZ! I’m sure that’d be totes good with his hypoKKKritiKKK KKKonstituents.

    Tick-tock, Roy, tick-tock!

  7. Randy

    As I type I’m sitting in Birmingham visiting family. I have asked the locals, without receiving a satisfactory answer, why it took pedophilia to disqualify (maybe) this lunatic from being the nominee for the U.S. Senate. I mean isn’t being removed from the bench TWICE for violating the U.S. Constitution enough. How did he get this far? I am at a complete loss as to how to wrap my brain around the conversations about public jacking off and child abuse that dominate the airwaves, often in the form of panels of learned beings waxing philosophical. WHAT THE FUCK? (So glad to find this forum up and running. Thank You Very Much.)

    • I am guessing they will tell you that he was removed from the bench “for defending Christian values” so that’s OK. Can’t imagine being a Muslim, Buddhist, atheist, etc. who might have a problem with Christian text being emblazoned at the courthouse.

      • democommie

        I think that Ol’ Roy, dogshit defender of doubtful dogma should arrange a tour of the mid-east’s hotspots and offer ’em some JEEZUZ.

      • Heim

        “Foundation for Moral Law” founder Roy Moore with his wife Kayla Moore current head of ‘Foundation for Moral Law” would love to tour mid-east hotspots and offer ’em some JEEZUZ. JEEZUZ! 😍