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Friday, January 18, 2019

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused of sexually assaulting minors, sent a cease-and-desist to Alabama Media Group (AMG) over AL.com’s allegedly defamatory coverage of him.

AL.com, which endorsed Moore’s Democratic opponent Doug Jones, was ready with a blistering response: “AL.com hereby rejects your demand.”

A lawyer for AMG wrote that not only would it continue publishing stories about Roy Moore, but Moore’s poor image is “self-inflicted” and any litigation brought by Moore & Co. would result in “important information” being revealed about its clients.

The letter told Moore’s company to maintain available records of “Mr. Moore’s history of romantic relationships or physical encounters (whether consensual or not).”

In plain English, AMG told Moore his attacks are meaningless because AMG isn’t breaking the law and stands ready to embarrass him in court by forcing him to provide further details about his personal history.

Read the full letter at the Washington Post.

Chris Sosa is a managing editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.

 

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19 responses to “Roy Moore’s Preposterous Threat Against An Alabama News Publisher Backfires Spectacularly”

  1. FireBaron says:

    But, remember, the Governor of Alabama said she believed the women, but planned on voting for him because he is a Republican.
    And at this point, Teflon Donnie knows his Tax Bill will not make it to the floor for a vote before the election, so he would rather have a competitor on the sexual predator business in the Senate to vote for this Tax Bill, rather than have Jones, who will be guaranteed to vote against it.

    • Mama Bear says:

      excellent point.

      • marriea says:

        Hopefully at least three GOP senators will find the bill so out of line they will refuse to vote for it.
        I think the Senator from NY state and perhaps Maine is already against it.
        I’ve heard that the Senator from Alaska has doubts as does the one maybe from New Jersey.
        Hopefully they will do the right thing.

    • johninPCFL says:

      There’s actually no guarantee that Jones would vote against it. He’s a pretty conservative guy, what used to be called a “blue-dog democrat” that has very socially conservative leanings.

  2. Mama Bear says:

    It is time to put an end to child abuse. Done for “religious” reasons it is still child abuse.

    • I of John says:

      I’m betting this guy skated along because, as a judge, he could bully his way through. Looks like he can no longer hide behind his robe.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Moore wouldn’t bully me. My way is to call their bluffs until they run out of bluffs. Moore is just a pathetic example of an upbringing under a bully daddy and a barely conscious mommy whose only reality of existence was her MRS degree and those palms she got buttered for looking the other way.

        Men like Moore always have mothers who knew their husbands were thugs and mobsters and so long as it meant keeping them in the style to which their husbands bought their silence, it was just easy to look the other way.

        Some of these pathetic women looked the other way while Daddy was raping their own daughters. So often did this occur that many southern women marry and call their husbands, “Daddy” even though they have no kids. Now really, what kind of sick is that?

        • Incest has been rampant in American history. A puritanical fanaticism afflicted South African men of Dutch and British backgrounds as well.

          An article in an Atlantic Monthly several years ago was written describing the increase dysfunctional behavior of many men in Saudi Arabia. The Male Guardianship culture there has put so many men under stress that homosexuality is now widespread in the Kingdom. And this because of a rigid separation of women and men in society—the men are forbidden from interacting with with women not related to them, and so they find release by engaging in sodomy with boys and other men. [Women have to find men via secretive use of social media using coded messages].

          Religious fanaticism breeds cultural fanaticism, and the South is showing this to a large degree, as well as in other regions of the country.

  3. CPANY says:

    Regarding Moore’s threats to the press: It’s sad to see a national legislator who has not heard of freedom of the press.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      This is coming directly from Putin to Trump to every hick bossy boy in the south and midwest.

      Is it a coincidence that AP has picked up several news reports about the US before any of the US Media has?

      Remember when Trump allowed those Russians in the White House and then he claimed he “didn’t know” they brought a Russian photographer with them?

      Now, Trump is on the phone with Putin nearly every week. If you believe it isn’t to sabotage the U.S. Constitution and our rights as Americans, think again.

      Putin’s Soviet SOCIALIST Republic has now nearly totally infiltrated the US government thanks to Trump and his Soviet Socialist Republicans.

      • smartalek says:

        Trump and his Soviet Socialist Republicans

        Oh, that is a thing of beauty.
        I am such going to be using that…
        With proper attribution, of course.
        I ain’t no Biden.

  4. Sand_Cat says:

    Regarding the item at the bottom of the article, I will say that Roy Moore – despicable as he seems to be, even if all the accusations were false – should not be “refused” by the Senate. If there is a Constitutional provision that supports such action, I do not recall it! I firmly believe people should have their chosen representative so long as he/she meets the Constitutional requirements and is not actually in prison.

    • dbtheonly says:

      I understand your point, but the Senate, and the House for that matter, maintain the final authority to determine who sits. Particularly for the Senate, 6 years can be a long time to endure someone who has committed acts beyond the pale. I recall that expulsion has been used in the past for things like bribery and corruption.

      Now, as a game, let’s assume that the Republicans start trying to eject Democrats from the house for “disloyalty”. That’s when things get hairy. But as long as it’s used sparingly and for good cause, pedophilia being one of them, I don’t think there’s much to worry about.

      • Sand_Cat says:

        I understand your point as well, but I still maintain people are entitled to their chosen representatives, however odious you or I might find them, unless the Constitution’s provisions on membership in the Senate (or House, in that case) provide for refusal. This is my position both on principle and for the reason you suggested: today’s GOP is very close ethically and morally to the point where they might attempt such a thing against Democrats. Some one who does not meet the requirements in the Constitution, or is unable to perform the duties as a result of imprisonment or other culpable absence is the only person I believe either house should be able to reject or expell.

    • Mooster75 says:

      I agree. Besides, he’ll be an albatross around the neck of the party for as long as he’s there.

  5. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    The “Moore” these guys threaten, the more lamebrain they appear to women. Moore and Trump would love nothing better than to control our every move. Not going to happen and NOT on OUR tax dollars.

    Moore has a past legacy of not just using the power of his title to prey on young teen girls but also to hide behind religion to make himself look pure and holy. If he’s pure and holy, Trump should get Pope Francis to canonize him to sainthood.

    Both Trump and Moore learned from their bully daddies the fine art of how to abuse the power of their titles to the max.

    The only thing both Moore and Trump are successful at is failure. Failure to face themselves when they look in the mirror. Failure to achieve rightful authority under the laws of this country and in Trump case, failure in business because cheating, lying and thievery are all these two crooks know.

  6. Too much of a life of adulterous behavior has fried Roy’s mind. And seeing that most Alabama citizens can see no wrong in Trump, Sessions, or Roy Moore, chances are their minds are equally fried.
    Roy has a severe reckoning awaiting him, I’m afraid, for his past deeds of lecherous and adulterous behavior. To openly contest these revelations of his past just makes his fate all the more perilous.
    Like Trump and so many in the GOP, he thinks he can flaunt the rules of behavior as established by God, and relayed to humanity by Jesus, and through all the other Messengers sent to humanity over the eons.

    • smartalek says:

      he thinks he can flaunt the rules of behavior

      Nerd Alert:
      You mean “flout,” to “openly disregard, as a rule or convention” (oxforddictionaries.com).
      To “flaunt” is to “display ostentatiously” (same source) — which is what the so-called “judge” appears to have been trying to do with one of his smaller body parts with at least one of the young — so young, so very, very young — ladies of his lecherous acquaintance, all those years ago.
      End Nerd Alert; as you were.

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