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If you read Newsmax, Huffington Post, Newsweek, the Washington Examiner, Daily Caller, Yahoo (syndicating Huffpo), RedState, or any other number of sites in the past 24 hours, you probably saw the shocking story of more than 50 Baptist (and more) pastors coming out to support GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in the face of the latest sexual harassment allegations. In a shocking display of tribalism that shows those redneck evangelicals have no scruples or morals, pastors jointly praised Moore and encouraged Alabamans to vote for him in the coming weeks.
There’s just one problem: it’s not exactly true. All of the stories above (and more) link to one AL.com story detailing a letter posted to Roy’s wife Kayla Moore’s Facebook page that is “signed” by 53 pastors. AL.com makes it very clear that this letter is a letter the Moores repurposed, which was posted before the primary.
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The initial AL.com story quoted one pastor saying she was not contacted for purposes of reposting it. The story definitely implied that the Moore family and campaign edited a previous letter of endorsement by these pastors, adding paragraphs alluding to support amidst the allegations and encouraging people to vote, and posted the endorsement again naming the signees without consulting them.
One detail from the AL.com post that is missing from every story linked above, as of the time of this writing, is that this was a repurposed letter and a pastor has already said she wasn’t contacted about it. Is that not an important journalistic detail?
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Admittedly, AL.com did bury this at the bottom of their story, and had a poor initial headline of “50 Pastors Sign Letter of Support for Roy Moore.” But shouldn’t those journalistic outlets above that were aggregating the story at least read the entire post?
AL.com has since updated their story with a...
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