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Klavan: The Left Is Running A Morality Scam

Democrats and their allies in the media like to paint their side as the party of decency and morality. The Right can see through the charade, but does it actually work for a large segment of the country? Andrew Klavan examined how and why the Left does this on Wednesday's episode of "The Andrew Klavan Show."

"When I talk about the culture I always talk about how conservatives ignore the culture. The culture is not just the movies, it's not just talk shows, it's the way we live, it's the way we behave," said Klavan. "I see these guys going around like, ‘you know yeah, the moral world is collapsing, our sexual mores have collapsed, but at least I'm getting laid!’ Wait a minute, if you want to rebuild the culture, you've got to start with yourself, each of us carries a piece of the culture, so it's our job, especially here on 'The Andrew Klavan Show,' to step back and look at the bigger picture, look at what is being talked about in context so we can make moral choices. Because the Left is basically, and has been for many years, running a morality scam."

Klavan compared the media’s coverage of the scandals of former Alabama GOP senate candidate Roy Moore to that of New Jersey Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez. Both were accused of sexual misconduct and while the Republican earned a mention on Stephen Colbert, the Democrat was ignored.

Klavan explained, "So all that posing from not just the news media, not just that, but also from Colbert, also from the entire entertainment media. Oh they were so, so shocked that Roy Moore may have put his hand on the bra of a young girl when he was a younger man legally, they were so, so shocked. With Menendez nothing, crickets. It's a scam, it's the morality scam, it is all about power."

Video and transcript below:

The media is trying to cause this fog of crisis, make everybody think that things are going terribly, that something's wrong. They want Democrats to show up, they want Democrats to be upset and get the people out of power, because the media are Democrats, and they want to suppress the Republican vote. We have this kind of larger responsibility not to just react. When I talk about the culture I always talk about how conservatives ignore the culture, the culture is not just the movies, it's not just talk shows, it's the way we live, it's the way we behave. I see these guys going around like, "you know yeah, the moral world is collapsing, our sexual mores have collapsed, but at least I'm getting laid!" Wait a minute, if you want to rebuild the culture you've got to start with yourself, each of us carries a piece of the culture, so it's our job, especially here on the Andrew Klavan show, to step back and look at the bigger picture, look at what is being talked about in context so we can make moral choices. Because the Left is basically, and has been for many years, running a morality scam. They have been putting on the idea that somehow we are violating the moral code by being conservatives, by pushing for freedom, for pushing for the Constitution, whereas they "oh my goodness, what moral fellows they are."

There's a race going on in New Jersey where Bob Menendez is running to keep his Senate seat. Now, I don't think there's been a Republican Senator in New Jersey, a very blue state, for 50 years. So the Democrats are pouring money into this race, they are pouring money to keep Menendez in his seat, and it's a very close race - he's up against Bob Hugin, he's a pharmaceutical executive. Remember who Menendez is, right? This is a guy who was investigated, there was substantial corroborated evidence that he was doing favors for his pal, a Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, and in response this Melgen was taking him on trips to the Dominican Republic, and they were sleeping with underage prostitutes. There was a lot of evidence of this, a lot of corroborated evidence, and he went on trial for corruption - not just for this but for all kinds of corruption - and the jury deadlocked and they dropped the case. But the Senate Select Committee on ethics severely admonished him, there is no question that some of this stuff was going on, he's obviously just barely escaped being convicted.

Now remember Roy Moore? Menendez is accused, credibly with corroboration, of sleeping with underage prostitutes, right? So let's go back to Roy Moore, who was in that special election to become Senator in Alabama, and there were unsupported allegations that forty years before, as a younger man, he had dated very young women, maybe one of them, underage. Remember the age limit then was very low so he was within the law most of the time, and these were uncorroborated. Now I said at the time I don't like Roy Moore, I don't like him for his politics, I don't like him because I think he's phony, I have all kinds of reasons for not liking him. I didn't know anything about whether these charges were true, but what I said was we cannot lose that vote, we should elect him and then censure him. Remember the absolute wave of moral indignation? Here is just one example of Stephen Colbert doing a whole five-minute routine about this:

Stephen Colbert: "Now we've learned that in the 80s when he was a local Assistant District Attorney, Moore was banned from an Alabama shopping mall for bothering teenage girls. The only place in the mall the girls were safe was Forever 21, because that is way too old for Roy Moore."

So fair enough, that's a joke. Here's Colbert on Bob Menendez:

Stephen Colbert: "..."

Yeah, suddenly it doesn't matter a damn bit. The New Jersey Star Ledger, here's their editorial endorsing Bob Menendez: "choke it down and vote for Menendez. Before he was caught in 2015, Senator Robert Menendez broke Senate rules by routinely accepting expensive gifts, including private jets to luxury resorts abroad, he kept those gifts secret - breaking another rule - he then used his office to promote the personal and business interests of the man who paid the bills, all that was the unanimous conclusion of the Senate Ethics Committee, including all the Democrats. It's a miracle that Menendez escaped criminal conviction." But vote for him! Come on we need the vote, we need the vote.

So all that posing from not just the news media, not just that, but also from Colbert, also from the entire entertainment media, oh they were so, so shocked that Roy Moore may have put his hand on the bra of a young girl when he was a younger man legally, they were so, so shocked. With Menendez nothing, crickets. It's a scam, it's the morality scam, it is all about power.

 
 
 

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