Earlier this week, The New Yorker and Mediaite ran stories that mentioned that Judge Roy Moore had been banned from the Gadsden Mall over complaints he was continually pestering teenaged girls.
Now a former mall manager says that report was not truthful. Barnes Boyle told FOX 6 News he didn’t know of any mall ban against Roy Moore. He also said he supports him and will vote for him.
Mediaite’s story led with the word “reportedly.” The problem with using that word is there is no accountability for creating a fake story. Anyone can create an article and lie or accuse another person using the word reportedly. It forces you the consumer to find out exactly what is going on. Thus you have been tricked into click-bait.
The media has been going after Judge Roy Moore as they create all types of stories with half-truths and fake news, just enough to make you sick of hearing about it. That’s what they swoop in and change the entire narrative.
Source: New Yorker
Greg Legat, who is now fifty-nine and living in East Gadsden, was, from 1981 to 1985, an employee at the Record Bar, a store that was in the Gadsden Mall. By the early eighties, Legat told me, the mall was “the place to be. There were no empty stores. And lots of kids came around. Lots of teen-agers. You went there to see and be seen.” Legat met his wife, Jo Anne, there. She worked at a restaurant called Orange Bowl. Legat remembers that parents dropped their kids off at the mall, typically unchaperoned. Teens filled the place.
Legat says that he saw Moore there a few times, even though his understanding then was that he had already been banned. “It started around 1979, I think,” Legat said. “I know the ban was still in place when I got there.” Legat recalled a Gadsden police officer named J. D. Thomas, now retired, who worked security at the mall. “J. D. was a fixture there, when I was working at the store,” Legat said. “He really looked after the kids there. He was a good guy. J. D. told me, ‘If you see Roy, let me know. He’s banned from the mall.’ ” Legat recalled Thomas telling him, “If you see Moore here, tell me. I’ll take care of him.’ ” Legat said that his boss, Eddie Hill, also told him to look for Moore. A phone call to Hill’s number was not returned.
Bethea also spoke with two law enforcement officers about the rumored mall ban. One of the officers — both asked to remain unnamed — noted that the “general knowledge at the time when I moved here was that this guy is a lawyer cruising the mall for high-school dates.” It was also stated that Moore had been run off from several stores because he wouldn’t leave girls alone.
The other officer said he was told by a friend of his that Moore was banned from the mall and that he was now disgusted by Moore even though he voted for him in the primary.
Try to stay away from “reportedly” when you see that in headlines. They are trying to rope you in with information that has not been confirmed.