‘Atlantic’ editor Jeffrey Goldberg said on CBS’s ‘Face The Nation’ Sunday morning that Roy Moore supporters are trying to cast the Washington Post report that he had inappropriate relations with a teenage girl in the 1970s.
“They’re trying to cast The Washington Post as oppo research and The Washington Post is actually neutral on this,” he said.
JOHN DICKERSON, CBS: Jeffrey, let me ask you about, on Roy Moore. There’s the cultural context in which this is happening, which is, in Hollywood, in corporate America, and even in the press, there’s a new standard developing on how to take accusations. That standard is not the standard of, you must have total, verifiable proof.
JEFFREY GOLDBERG, “THE ATLANTIC”: Right.
DICKERSON: And what was interesting to me about what Mitt Romney said and Senator Mike Lee said is, they said, we looked at the evidence, as “The Washington Post” put it together, and this is the verdict we have rendered. And that’s what seems to be — there are a lot of people who are saying — who are sticking where Roy Moore.
DICKERSON: But this other thing seems to be different and in connection with this other cultural norm.
GOLDBERG: Yes. I mean, on the one hand, you have a situation in which there’s a growing intolerance and welcome intolerance for this kind of behavior and sexual misconduct. And I think you’re seeing that. And I think there is a recognition on the part of many Republican leaders that “The Washington Post” report was very thorough, solid, done by good investigative reporters, and so you have that.
On the other hand, I was just thinking about something that Amy said, which is that, it — we have to deal with the fact that he could still — the accusations could get worse and he could still win and wind up in the Senate. And that’s not that odd when you consider that the president of the United States, the current president, survived and won despite self-described — and the “Access Hollywood” tape, self-described acts of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment.
So, on the one hand, we do have an intolerance for this across different fields and industries. On the other hand, you could still succeed in America pretty — pretty easily with some really nasty stuff in your background.
WALTER: Well, especially if you believe that the other side is making this stuff up or doing it only for partisan reasons. I mean that is why so many people are sticking with the party because they believe that the other side is lying about what really happened.
GOLDBERG: They’re trying to cast The Washington Post as oppo research and The Washington Post is actually neutral on this. …read more