Roy Moore’s campaign has revoked the press credentials of The Washington Post and refused to let its reporters into the GOP candidate’s election night party in Montgomery, Alabama.
“We were denied credentials and when our reporters asked to enter they were told no,” the Post’s Kristine Coratti Kelly said in an email.
Lauren Walsh, a reporter with the ABC television affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama, confirmed that the Post reporters were “asked to leave” the rally while journalists for other news outlets were stationed inside awaiting the results of Tuesday’s Senate race.
Just spoke with Moore campaign, which confirmed reporters from the Washington Post were asked to leave the election night party. The campaign said the WaPo was notified yesterday their credentials were denied. #AlSen
— Lauren Walsh (@LaurenWalshTV) December 12, 2017
When asked by The Hill why the campaign revoked the newspaper’s credentials, campaign spokeswoman Hannah Ford said “No comment.”
Ford did confirm that the Moore campaign had previously told the Post that their credentials were undergoing review, and notified the paper Monday night that the press passes were not approved.
Rosie Gray, a reporter for The Atlantic, said in a tweet that the journalists at the Moore party had been placed “behind a barrier.”
She noted that when Moore had won the Republican Senate nomination in September, “reporters could move around freely” at his party at the same venue.
Moore's election night event is in the same venue in Montgomery as his event for the runoff, but last time reporters could move freely around. Tonight, we're behind a barrier.
— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) December 13, 2017
In early November, the Post published a bombshell article detailing troubling allegations that Moore had sexually preyed upon teenagers when he was in his 30s. One woman accused him of molesting her when she was just 14.