Analysis: Breitbart goes to bat for Moore in his defense
By Callum Borchers | Washington Post
It is not unusual for a political figure to try to get in front of bad news. Recall that in July, when the New York Times was about to report on the contents of emails Donald Trump Jr. sent before meeting with a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign, Trump Jr. decided to post the emails on Twitter “in order to be totally transparent.”
The idea was to make the Times’ report seem inconsequential – before it even published – by appearing to release the emails voluntarily.
Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, made a similar effort on Thursday to head off The Washington Post’s report that he allegedly initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old and dated teenagers when he was in his 30s. But Moore did not use Twitter or any official campaign channel. He used Breitbart News.
Minutes before The Post published its report, Breitbart posted a preemptive response from Moore under one of its signature, all-caps headlines: “AFTER ENDORSING DEMOCRAT IN ALABAMA, WASHINGTON POST PLANS TO HIT ROY MOORE WITH ALLEGATIONS OF INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONS WITH TEENAGERS; JUDGE FIRES BACK DENIAL.”
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Breitbart has made no secret of its support of Moore. Website chairman Steve Bannon headlined a rally for Moore before September’s GOP runoff in Alabama, and there is not even a pretense of neutrality in Breitbart’s coverage of the general-election contest between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.
Yet Breitbart’s willingness to be used as a media-relations arm of Moore’s campaign is a dive even deeper into the tank.