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You might have heard of the not-so-great guy running for the Alabama state senate seat, Judge Roy Moore. At the beginning of November, The Washington Post reported the story of a woman who claimed that Moore sexually assaulted her in the 1980s when she was 14 years old and he was 32. Since that time, eight more women have come forward to say that they were either pursued or assaulted sexually by Moore while they were teenagers and he was in his thirties. The women ranged in age from 16 to 19 at the time and it has since come out that Moore was banned from an Alabama mall for pursuing teenage girls there. These stories have been heavily investigated by The Washington Post and other news outlets.

Over the course of the past month, reaction to the Moore situation has been varied. Many Republicans are jumping ship on their Moore endorsements, stating they believe the women who have come forward. Moore denies any and all claims.

Others — most notably the president of the United States — have sided with Moore. Donald Trump says that he believes the candidate’s denials and some Alabamans have said they don’t even care if the allegations are true, they’ll still vote for him. Yeah, welcome to America.

With disbelief comes people trying to discredit the accusers. The women who have come forward have been under a great amount of scrutiny from the Right. One conservative group went so far as to plant a fake accuser to discredit the entire Washington Post story.

In order to prove that the Fake Mainstream Media would publish any story at all as long as it made Republicans look bad, the organization Project Veritas, run by James O’Keefe, had a woman named Jaime Phillips approach WaPo reporters with her “story.” Phillips alleged that Roy Moore had sexually assaulted her when she was 15 years old, impregnated her and then forced her to have an abortion.

The WaPo journalists — being JOURNALISTS — didn’t publish a story with just one source and instead looked at corroborating the story with actual facts. They stumbled on a number of red flags including a GoFundMe page by Phillips to move to New York to help the “conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceipt [sic] of the liberal MSM.” Oops. They also looked into her a little bit more and actually saw Phillips go into the Project Veritas offices. Busted.

The Washington Post chose to publish Phillip’s “off the record” story to expose the undercover sting operation. Project Veritas is widely known for using undercover and generally questionable techniques to try to expose organizations like Planned Parenthood and even CNN for false news and biases. They are sometimes successful, but mostly just deceitful in their video editing.

Rather than admit defeat or apologize, James O’Keefe doubled down on his battle against the main stream media and their Fake News. In a mind-boggling two-minute video, he dismissed “morality and ethics” and said that his mission is about lessening the power of the mainstream and taking “a side” (what the side options are is unclear).

So it would appear that this whole myth started by Donald Trump — that the major news networks are fabricating news — just isn’t true. One point, journalism. Congratulations on doing research.

You can watch the full video of Post journalist Stephanie McCrummen interviewing Phillips on the Washington Post website.

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