Talk about fake news. The right-leaning Fox News network was forced to issue a correction after the pro-Trump network claimed a woman accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual assault had forged his entry in her yearbook.
Beverly Young Nelson has accused the Republican Senate nominee of sexually assaulting her nearly 40 years ago when she was 16 years old. She did say that she made notes underneath Moore’s entry. But that’s not the point. Of course, she did.
“Beverly, he signed your yearbook?” Llamas asked. “He did sign it,” Nelson replied. “And you made some notes underneath?” Llamas followed. “Yes,” she confirmed.
But Fox News tweeted: “BREAKING NEWS: Roy Moore accuser admits she forged part of yearbook inscription attributed to Alabama Senate candidate.”
Then later deleted it. Fox News has since issued a correction on the story with a note at the bottom of the piece while removing any references to “forgery” in it.
An update to this story instead claims Beverly Young Nelson admits writing what ABC News characterized as ‘notes’ beneath what she says is Roy Moore’s signature, and that the only notes below the signature are the date and location.
Furthermore, the headline on [the] story now specifies that Nelson admits to writing part of the inscription herself, rather than forging part of it.”
Breitbart News also ran the story with headline “Bombshell: Roy Moore Accuser Beverly Nelson Admits She Forged Yearbook.” Breitbart executive chairman Stephen Bannon, a former White House chief strategist to President Trump, has been a vocal Moore cheerleader since his campaign launch.
A special election is set for December 12th between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. Moore is accused of sexual misconduct and assault by multiple women, including one who was 14 years old when she says she had a sexual encounter with a 32-year-old Moore nearly 40 years ago.