In tonight’s show, Laura Ingraham could not have made a more exquisite example of the media’s aggressive amnesia.

When Juanita Broadderick told her story of Bill Clinton’s aggressive sexual advances in a hotel room, scarcely any mainstream journalist would dare touch the story. True, a few reports surfaced the story, but it was quickly forgotten – a rape allegation, forgotten.

Media Equality Project Co-founder Brian Maloney, astutely notes that the reaction to Roy Moore’s campaign allegations ring hollow – a perfectly timed hit-piece. Judge Moore has engaged in a hard-fought struggle against a well-funded incumbent who enjoyed the support of the highest levels of the national Republican establishment, but, throughout all that scrutiny and millions of dollars spent, no allegations of sexual abuse surfaced.

Suddenly, on the cusp of a critical election for the Alabama Senate, the Washington Post arrives on the scene and manages to scoop one of the most sensational stories possible, a story that aligns perfectly with the groundswell in America’s numbing realization to the abhorrent abuse of our women (and young men) in media professions, and particularly the abuse of underage people.

The American public is primed for a story like the one Judge Moore is accused of. The stories of Harvey Weinstein, an Academy Award winning producer, allegedly abusing young starlets have been compounded by stories of Kevin Spacey, an Academy Award and Emmy winning actor, allegedly sexually abusing young male actors, and C. K. Louis similarly allegedly using his position to abuse fans.

The list of powerful people in the media abusing young people grows everyday creating a powder keg ready for just the right media organization to expose a politician who might have committed such atrocities.

Sadly, with its perfectly timed attack-piece the Washington Post appears to have moved beyond reporting the story into the realm of becoming the story. The true test of the Washington Post will not occur tomorrow or in the next few days. Instead, we should look 8-12 months into the future. Will their story be proven true, or will it simply be forgotten by the people as another example of Fake News? Maloney explains:

Recently, while receiving the International Center for Journalists Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism in Washington D.C., Chris Wallace gave a stern warning “We shouldn’t be drawn into becoming players on the field, trying to match the people we cover in invective,” Wallace insisted. “It’s not our role. … And we’re giving up our special place in our democracy…we don’t need to offer opinions or put our thumb on the scale.”

Brian Maloney could not have stated it better, “Ultimately it is the people of Alabama that will decide this race, they are the ones voting.” Journalists should focus on reporting the news, versus being the news.

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