It sounded pretty damning – Roy Moore was banned from an entire mall in the 80s because he went there to pick up high school girls.
The execrable Daily Mail restated the New Yorker piece in a way that made it sound like they had witnesses and people on the record, including the police, that told the ironclad tale of Moore’s escapades that led to his banning from the Gadsden mall in Alabama.
When you go to the New Yorker there is no one on the record that knows of any mall ban. It was mainly people repeating hearsay from some other source. The writer of the piece, who looks like he might have done some creepy cruising himself, never quite gets anyone on record for his bombshell piece.
A mall employee told the writer that the mall security guard, an ex-police officer named J.D. Thomas, told him to be on the lookout for Roy Moore because he was banned. When called on the phone Thomas said he had no idea what they were talking about. He knew of no ban.
Current day police officers know of no Roy Moore ban, except for a few of the “unnamed police officers” who say they heard about it. Uh huh.
The piece is long on rumor, short on anything on the record.
And the New Yorker has the nerve to have this popover show up while the page is idle –