Twitter Rips Fox News, Breitbart for Moore Yearbook ‘Forgery’: ‘Willful Misinformation’
— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 8, 2017
Conservative media is taking heat for grossly over-exaggerating a TV statement from one of Roy Moore‘s sexual abuse accusers.
Earlier today, Beverly Young Nelson appeared on Good Morning America, where she expressed concern that Alabama Republicans would put party over country by electing Moore to the senate despite the allegations against him. She also spoke about how her attorney, Gloria Allred, will hold a press conference today where they will present new evidence to bolster their claim that Moore signed her yearbook decades ago.
Nelson’s interview is gathering attention in media circles because she told Tom Llamas that she made notes on the same page of her yearbook that Moore signed. Allred previously said Moore wrote the whole note, but Nelson said today that she wrote in the date and location underneath Moore’s inscription.
Nelson’s annotation doesn’t necessarily compromise the core of her story, but it does invite skepticism from Moore defenders and those who cry foul on her allegations. Indeed, Breitbart is going down this path by declaring Nelson’s admission as proof that the whole yearbook entry is a forgery:
Jot, meet Tittle. https://t.co/G15RxPxlR2
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 8, 2017
Shortly afterwards, Fox News decided to follow suit:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 8, 2017
While a lot of people agree that Nelson’s note raises some questions, they are not impressed with Breitbart and Fox blowing things out proportion with a misleading headline:
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) December 8, 2017
Occasional reminder that Breitbart is about 10x more a super PAC than a journalism organization
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) December 8, 2017
This is a misleading headline and story that serves the interests of a political candidate, not the truth. https://t.co/9NIQ7W4Gt1
— Mike Warren (@MichaelRWarren) December 8, 2017
Most people like to think they’re good people when they go to sleep at night. How do you make the compromises to do that writing deliberately misleading stuff at Breitbart. https://t.co/heyAPTB2ew
— andrew kaczynski? (@KFILE) December 8, 2017
9/10 of Breitbart readers will never read past this BS headline. pic.twitter.com/JE5zFsi0cm
— Griswold Christmas Vacation (@HashtagGriswold) December 8, 2017
This headline is wrong and horrible — BUT it is fair to wonder why Gloria Allred would not just have a third party investigator authenticate the signature pic.twitter.com/l55zVfmEcZ
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) December 8, 2017
Fox’s most horribly misleading pieces are never bylined by an actual person. Always attributed to general “FOX NEWS” staff https://t.co/wUUdEZmNW9
— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) December 8, 2017
Fox News with the push alert
Annotations ≠ Forgeries pic.twitter.com/1ZAcqnda08
— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) December 8, 2017
this is incredibly, incredibly misleading from fox news, but who is surprised. she says she added notes to the bottom of his signed message (presumably the date and location) but the message and signature was all his https://t.co/ODsTVB2Qaa
— David Mack (@davidmackau) December 8, 2017
No, the accuser didn’t admit to “forging” anything, and headlines suggesting she did are willful misinformation.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 8, 2017
UPDATE – 12:40 p.m. EST: Fox has amended their headline.
Watch above, via ABC.
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