It’s Election Day in Alabama, and both sides are doing what they can to get out the vote in the eleventh hour.
Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore held one last big event in Midland City Monday night. The “Drain the Swamp” rally featured Breitbart executive chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.
But the media buzz after the really largely focused on the remarks of Moore’s wife, Kayla.
Mrs. Moore criticized “fake news” allegations of bigotry leveled against her husband, specifically charges that he does not support Jews or blacks.
“Fake news would tell you that we don’t care for Jews,” Mrs. Moore said. “And I tell you all this because I’ve seen it and I just want to set the record straight while they’re here.” She then gestured at the crowd, apparently signaling at the members of the press who were present.
“One of our attorneys is a Jew,” the senate candidate’s wife continued. “We have very close friends that are Jewish, and rabbis, and we also fellowship with them.”
In another portion of her speech, Mrs. Moore described her husband’s record with African Americans.
“Fake news would also have you think that my husband doesn’t support the black community. Yet my husband appointed the very first black marshal to the Alabama Supreme Court, Mr. Willie James. When he first took office as the chief justice many years ago he brought with him three people from Etowah County. Two were black, and one of them is here tonight.”
She also said “We have many friends that are black, and we also fellowship with them in church and in our home.”
But it was Mrs. Moore’s mention of a Jewish lawyer that became the nearly universal subject of headlines in the media landscape.
The Washington Post:
The headlines gave the impression there was nothing more to Mrs. Moore’s speech than the “attorney is a Jew” remark.
In a twist of irony, the mainstream media’ selective coverage of Kayla Moore’s speech furthers her case that many journalists are biased and use their profession to help their preferred candidates.
Voters throughout Alabama go to the polls today to choose between Republican Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.
Moore faces allegations of sexual misconduct with minors, which he denies.
If Moore wins, it may suggest Alabama voters agree with his wife’s assessment of the “fake news” environment.