Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows, but Jesus. Not this.

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Embattled Judge Roy Moore, speaking on Saturday, said a Washington Post report about him was ‘fake news’: Marvin Gentry/Reuters

The Big Picture –
By Glynn Wilson

MOBILE, Ala. — They say politics makes strange bedfellows. But somehow I don’t think they meant a 32-year-old assistant district attorney fondling a 14-year-old girl in nothing but his tighty-whities.

Discredited judge Roy Moore emerged from his seclusion this week and tried to blame former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and of course the “liberal media” for his campaign troubles.

“The Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs just launched the most vicious and nasty round of attacks against me I’ve EVER faced,” Moore wrote in a mass email sent by the campaign under his wife’s name on Saturday morning, the same day he showed up in Vestavia near Birmingham at a Veterans Day event to deny the charges leveled at him by four women in a detailed Washington Post investigative report.

It became clear why Mr. Ten Commandments has remained out of the public eye of late when the story broke Thursday. His campaign must have gotten wind that Post reporters were in the state digging around in his past. That’s what happens when you run for national office. Reporters dig. If they find something, look out.

Of course the alt-right fake news media and their attack dogs on talk radio have taken up Moore’s cause, trying to discredit the story by screaming: “Why now?”

That’s the message being spread on local television news here with broadcasters turning to talk radio hosts to report “the other side” of the story. Since it is too late to remove Moore’s name from the special election ballot Dec. 12, Moore has to act defiant and try to use the story to turn out his base.

“These allegations came only four-and-a-half weeks before the election,” Moore told about 100 supporters at the Veterans Day breakfast. “That’s not a coincidence. It’s an intentional act to stop a campaign. . . . We do not intend to let the Democrats or the establishment Republicans or anybody else behind this story stop this campaign.”

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. It will be curious to see what the New York Times does now, considering reporters there had to know about the story too. Why did the Times not take on the story and break it? The same is true for the Newhouse Birmingham News (blog dot al dot com) and the Montgomery Advertiser. Their bloggers are now publishing commentary on the story under the cover of the Washington Post investigation.

A former prosecutor who worked alongside Moore in the early 1980s told CNN it was known at the time that Moore dated high school girls.

“It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird,” former deputy district attorney Teresa Jones told CNN in comments aired Saturday. “We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall … but you really wouldn’t say anything to someone like that.”

BREAKING NEWS: 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.

Meanwhile back on the Doug Jones Senate campaign.

After spending a few months building up our national bureau in Washington, D.C., I arrived back in Alabama this past week — just in time to catch up with history in the making.


U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones rides with organized labor in the Veterans Day Parade in Mobile, Alabama, Friday Nov. 10, 2017: Photo by Glynn Wilson

I caught up with Doug Jones on Friday morning at the Veterans Day Parade in Mobile, and then Friday night in Prichard, where civil rights hero John Lewis showed up to help get out the African American vote. The feeling in the packed gymnasium was dripping with history. My long-time friend and civil rights photographer Spider Martin would have been proud.

John Lewis Urges People to Vote for Doug Jones in Senate Race

While walking alongside the organized labor float Friday morning trying to find the right angle to take pictures, I got a chance to talk to Doug in person. We have talked on the phone and by text a number of times over the past few months.

“You picked a good time to come back,” Jones said with a wry smile, literally the day after the allegations came out on Roy Moore.

Many other friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter have made comments and sent private messages saying “welcome back.”

It is good to be back on the Gulf Coast for the winter. Now back to building our local news bureau.

I hope you will help us by liking and sharing our links on social media, as John Lewis urged Friday night. We still have work to do to build the economy for the web press around here if democracy is going to survive and thrive in these parts. There is only so much the Washington Post can do all by itself. We need a stronger local press too.

This is a fact that was recently acknowledged by the editors of the New York Times and the Washington Post in a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, as I reported in this story and video. I wonder if they are really willing and able to help us in this effort? We will see.


Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore pulls out a gun at a campaign rally on Monday, Sept. 25: Facebook

© 2017, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.

  9 comments for “Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows, but Jesus. Not this.

  1. Steven Headley
    November 14, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    All e has to do is ask the good Lord for forgiveness and he is free to molest again!!!

    • November 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Shhhh!!! Don’t tell him that. He may try it before Dec. 12.

  2. D. Dwight Dwden
    November 18, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Glynn, where is your objectivity? How do you claim to be an “independent journalist” when this is mostly a rehash from the Washington Post with your snarky, sarcastic editorializing?

    • November 18, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      My objectivity is rooted in science.

      This is an editorial opinion column, and there is no rehash from the Washington Post. There is an email from Moore quoted, an interview that appeared on cable TV, and information from my original sources, who told me Moore was banned from the mall, the YMCA and the library. That has all now been reported out, and even Snopes does not disavow it.

      There’s also original photos I took of Doug Jones with my very own Cannon camera.

      Now where is your objectivity? Rooted in a deep seated love of the Republican Party? Come on, Mr. Dwden, clearly a fake name. Are you working for Breitbart and Steve Bannon? Weak.

      Read all about in my book: Jump On The Bus: https://www.amazon.com/Jump-Bus-Independent-American-Democracy-ebook/dp/B01B6Z96FW?ie=UTF8&qid=&ref_=tmm_kin_title_sr&sr=

      • November 18, 2017 at 7:32 pm

        Furthermore, since I know your identity and your exact GPS location in Riverside, California, your IP has been blocked and we have turned over your information as a suspected hacker to my good friend Jeff Sessions in the United States Department of Justice, and the FBI.

        The Russian goons in black SUVs are on their way, so pack up your laptop and get out as fast as you can, LOL : )

  3. D.R. JOHNS
    December 5, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Is there any proof Roy Moore was ever banned from the Gadsden Mall that Doug Jones political ad references other than this article referencing unnamed sources?

    • December 6, 2017 at 1:28 am

      Yes. Check The New Yorker piece that linked to this. Everybody in town knew about it. It’s been all in the news. See the videos on Jimmy Kimmel (on this site). I just broke the story. Others have checked it out further, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newhouse Alabama Media Group (Al dot com), etc.

  4. December 5, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Where was Bart, the Mall Cop when they needed him to keep an eye on Judge Roy “Cowboy” Moore? Being famous is a double-edged sword. It has advantages, but it also makes your personal life a butt for jokes and lawsuits by attorneys. The rich and powerful, including politicians and government officials, are usually “protected” by their colleagues, lawyers, employers, families and friends, as was the case with Dennis Hastert, Bill “Slick Willie” Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Judge Roy “Cowboy” Moore, the late Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Cosby, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, the late Micheal Jackson, Charlie Rose, Garrison Keilor, John Conyers, Coach Jerry Sandusky, Senator “Me, Al Franken,” and all the rest. They should ALL attend Stuart Smalley’s 12-step self-help group, and when they finish “the program,” they can say with pride, “Doggone it, people LIKE me!” and savor a fine El Presidente’ Cigar. Corporations, Universities, churches, political groups, TV networks, Hollywood film companies, sports teams and families are terrified of “bad press.” It’s bad for business, bad for the “bottom line,” bad for social status. There is no such protection for us Little People, except the total lack of interest by the gossip columnists and tabloids in us. The media seems only interested in “the lifestyles of the rich and famous.” As a former HIV/STD surveillance worker, a member of the “sex police” who investigated cases of HIV and syphilis, I can tell you many horror stories about child abuse and molestation, brutal beatings, rapes, people who knowingly infect others with HIV and other STDs, deliberate drug ODs, and murders of people in low-income areas. But most of you don’t seem to care about “The Little People.”

    • December 6, 2017 at 1:29 am

      I care about the little people, the common man, etc. Not sure about the rest of your allegations. They don’t seem to be related to this story.

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