Prior to the Washington Post coming out with its explosive story about GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore and the allegations that he pursued relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s — including a 14-year-old when he was 32 — the ex-Alabama judge ran to Breitbart in an attempt to get ahead of the story. The conservative outlet obliged, running a piece with the lengthy title ‘After Endorsing Democrat in Alabama, [Jeff] Bezos’s Washington Post Plans to Hit Roy Moore with Allegations of Inappropriate Relations with Teenagers; Judge Claims Smear Campaign,’ which painted the Post story as a political hit piece.
One of Breitbart‘s editors appeared on MSNBC this afternoon to discuss the Moore story and his outlet’s piece. And not only did he double down on the notion that the Post was being political, he also claimed that only one of the alleged relationships in the report was “problematic.”
“If you read the Washington Post article, they stuff all kinds of things into that piece about accusations against Roy that have nothing to do with this story,” Breitbart editor Joel Pollak told host Ali Velshi. “Their piece is structured like a political hit piece. I don’t see why the Washington Post is allowed to do that in an article that’s supposed to focus on facts.”
Velshi wanted to know why Pollak was willing to be on the “wrong side of this,” especially if the allegations are true. He further noted that Breitbart immediately ran Moore’s response as a defense of the Senate candidate.
“If this story is true, and I think any story of sexual misconduct especially with someone underage is very serious, why would the Washington Post wrap it with perfectly legitimate relationships as well as all kinds of political clutter?” Pollak stated.
The MSNBC host pushed back, highlighting that while Pollak was describing the Post’s story as a “political hit piece,” the Breitbart story feels like a defense of Moore. The Breitbart editor then claimed that the story should have only been about Moore’s alleged contact with a 14-year-old.
“The 16-year-old and the 18-year-old have no business in that story because those are women of legal age of consent,” Pollak claimed. Velshi pointed out that the Post story said teenagers and there wasn’t anything inaccurate about their report.
“My point, the Post successfully put out a narrative on MSNBC and other places there’s a pattern of teenagers,” the Breitbart editor shot back. “As far as we know, facts could be different, there’s only one relationship alleged that’s problematic.”
After Velshi said “one too many,” Pollak went on to state that Moore has “serious problems” if the allegations regarding the 14-year-old girl turn out to be true, but that the story needs to be drilled down and he finds it “curious” that the Post would highlight the other relationships with teenagers.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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