Conservative AL Today contributor Apryl Marie Fogel wrote an op-ed Monday chastising mainstream media “sleight of hand” used to “shame and bully conservative voters” into voting for liberal Democrat Doug Jones over Judge Roy Moore in Alabama.
Fogel slammed outlets like the Washington Post that have conflated legal, largely platonic relations with young women with allegations of sexual assault and child molestation:
You’d think by the media coverage there were more accusers because of the sleight of hand of those doing the reporting. The other allegations are that he went out with (with their parents permission) but did not have sexual relationships with girls 16-18 or that he spent too much time at the mall.
The deceptive headlines or talking points keep coming too, reading “Another Roy Moore accuser comes forward.” Then you look at the story and it’s someone accusing him (or at least they think it was him) of looking at them funny 38 years ago.
She also had some harsh words for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP establishment’s handling of the Senate race:
It’s coming from all directions too. I’m starting to wonder if Jones will go ahead and report Mitch McConnell as an in-kind contributor? We get it Mitch, you don’t like Moore. We got it with the first couple million you spent to defeat him. While I’m sure you’d like to be able to say, “I told you so,” to those who dared not support your favorite for Senate, I’d like to say, on behalf of Alabama voters — enough already. We know where you stand. Get back to tax reform and let us handle this.
“I won’t be shamed or bullied into giving away my vote. An accusation does not equal guilt and disbelief of an accuser doesn’t equal sexism, anti-feminism, or support of criminal behavior,” Fogel concludes.
Read the rest here.