'You can't be serious': CNN anchor confronts Breitbart editor over comparing Roy Moore to Ringo Starr song

CNNCNN’s Chris Cuomo and Breitbart News’ Joel Pollak on ‘New Day.’
  • The Breitbart News editor Joel Pollak compared the embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore’s repeated reported attempts to date teenage girls to the lyrics in a Ringo Starr song.
  • Breitbart has been one of Moore’s chief defenders.

A Breitbart News editor attempted to use a Ringo Starr song to dismiss allegations that the Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore engaged in sexual misconduct with teenage girls.

In an interview on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday, the Breitbart editor Joel Pollak pointed out that in the 1970s, Ringo Starr released a cover of “You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful, You’re Mine),” a cover of a song that had appeared earlier that year in the popular film “American Graffiti.”

Pollak compared Moore’s behaviour to lyrics in Starr’s song.

“He was 30-something at the time singing about a 16-year-old,” Pollak said. “You want to take away Ringo Starr’s achievement?”

“You can’t be serious,” Cuomo said. “I’m dead serious. You think that Ringo Starr’s song is supposed to be a nod toward allowing 30-year-olds to prey on teenagers? You don’t believe that, Joel.”

Pollak has often been an unofficial spokesman for Breitbart News’ defence of Moore, who has been accused of pursuing relationships with girls as young as 14 when he was in his 30s.

Earlier this month, the Breitbart News editor said The Washington Post should not have published several accounts of Moore’s relationships with some older girls because 16-year-olds could legally consent in Alabama.

“The 16-year-old and the 18-year-old have no business in that story because those are women of legal age of consent,” Pollak said.

He added: “The Post has successfully put a narrative out, at least on MSNBC and in other places, that there’s this pattern of teenagers. There’s really, as far as know, the facts could come out differently but as far as we know, there’s only one relationship that’s been alleged that’s problematic.”

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