The New York Times was among the first to write about the deception, a social media campaign titled “Dry Alabama.”
“Sign the petition today,” reads the invitation to the Republican and Democratic candidates, an apparent effort to suggest that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore wanted to push to get rid of alcohol in the state.
Wrote the Times:
“Along with a companion Twitter feed, the Facebook page appeared to be the work of Baptist teetotalers who supported the Republican, Roy S. Moore, in the 2017 Alabama Senate race. ‘Pray for Roy Moore,’ one tweet exhorted.”
But it was fake, part of a multi-pronged campaign by Democrats to take down the embattled Republican, accused of bad behavior with underaged girls. He would eventually lose the race.
Moore had real issues to deal with and voters made their determination. But here’s what’s so disturbing about this week’s revelation: An activist who worked on the project told the Times that while he hopes the practice of deception is outlawed one day, until then, he says it’s got to be done:
“If you don’t do it, you’re fighting with one hand tied behind your back,” Matt Osborne, described as a progressive activist, told the Times. “You have a moral imperative to do this — to do whatever it takes.”
Is this what it has come to? Do whatever it takes?
Dirty tricks have been around since deceptive articles and political cartoons dominated newspapers during the early years of the nation’s founding. And the Richard Nixon years were marked by dirty tricks and the Watergate coverup, leading to his resignation.
But this seems to be something different. Not just truth but also personal integrity is taking a hit. Some now believe, as Osborn stated, that there is a “moral imperative” to deceive, to act in any way that brings about a desired result.
New Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., dipped into this territory this week when she was challenged on “60 Minutes” for her apparent “fuzzy math” on defense department waste. Her response:
“If people want to really blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue that they’re missing the forest for the trees. I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually and semantically correct than about being morally right.”
There certainly is room for a politician or anyone to make a misstatement or a mistake. But deliberate efforts to deceive hurt the country, whether it’s Democrats …read more
Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News