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Kurtz: Why a Reporter flatter sources
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz explains how and why journalists and reporters in the past stories like that of Roy Moore and Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandals, sources go on the record to tell their stories.
The attempts to discredit the Washington Post for their coverage of Roy Moore have reached the point of absurdity.
And in the light of a new Prosecutor, said a tearful, thrilling story in a televised presser yesterday, maybe the skeptics take a different view.
Beverly Young Nelson, Gloria Allred, said that when she was 16 Moore, groped in a car, locked the doors, grabbed her neck to force in an attempt, sexual contact, and left her with bruises, after they have escaped. Your story is subjected to the control, but as a self-described Trump voters, Nelson has no obvious motivation to lie. They say the first Prosecutor that Moore harassed her, and in fact, says she was afraid he would rape them.
The Post account of the four women, and make on-the-record allegations against the Alabama Senate candidate is fair game for criticism given that the alleged events took place almost four decades. The spotlight is particularly intense on the Post reporting on Leigh Corfman, says she was 14, when Moore, then a 32-year-old Prosecutor befriended and sexually molested.
Breitbart, who has mounted a full-court defense for Moore, language Corfman mother and leveled this charge: “that the Washington Post worked to convince her daughter to an interview about the allegations against Moore.”
This is a process of reporting. If there is something wrong with that, I have committed hundreds of violations. Sources are often reluctant to provide information, especially on the plate, and even more, especially if you are someone perceived as powerful.
A Reporter for the New York Times and the New Yorker had a number of women in going on the record with their accusations against Harvey Weinstein. The same is true for reporting on the allegations with Silicon Valley companies and media figures at Fox, MSNBC, and NPR. A few Post metro Reporter tried to talk to convince people by knocking on their doors during Watergate. There was no talk of compulsion here; in fact, Corfman Reporter spoke to the Post six times.
Sometimes allegations turn out to be wrong. But no less a figure than Mitch McConnell, asks Moore to finish the race yesterday, said: “I believe the women.”
Breitbart cited, Corfman mother, Nancy Wells, to go as told by her daughter and the journalist: “you wanted them to. They called ” …It was not made for politics, you know. It happened for personal reasons. And it would not have been possible if the Reporter had not contacted my daughter.”
Breitbart seized also on Wells’ reminder that your teenage daughter doesn’t have to call a phone in your room for Moore, but said Leigh could easily be achieved in the budget phone.
Steve Bannon, Breitbart, the Chairman and the former trump strategist, doubts that the Post motivation with the finding of the paper is also open on the “Access Hollywood” Band in the last year:
“The Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post, dropped that dime to Donald Trump. The Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post, the penny dropped this afternoon on judge Roy Moore. Now is this just a coincidence?”
But even if you buy the premise that the Post office was anxious to break a negative story about Moore, that makes it untrue.
Moore, for his part, is threatening a lawsuit: “The Washington Post published a further attack on my character and reputation, because they are so desperate to stop my political campaign. These attacks said, I was with an underage child and are false and untrue and for which you can be sued.”
I don’t think we’ll ever see this lawsuit. Roy Moore is entitled to the legal presumption of innocence, but not necessarily the political benefit of the doubt.
We never have the final proof, what happened with Leigh Corfman, by the way, the other said to the time, and also says that it had for Donald Trump.
But it is hard to believe that those would be the attack on the Washington Post just as skeptical, if these allegations about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky—a story also broken by the Post nearly two decades ago.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of five books and has its headquarters in Washington. You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.