Breitbart's Joel Pollak cites a Ringo Starr song to defend Roy Moore against child molestation allegations

Breitbart's Joel Pollak cites a Ringo Starr song to defend Roy Moore against child molestation allegations

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From the November 27 edition of CNN's New Day:

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JOEL POLLAK: Well when you talk about volume, you started this segment by saying allegations of child molestation, right? No, there's only one single allegation of a woman who was under legal age so you're --

CHRIS CUOMO (CO-HOST): Arguably two, right? Because you had that other lady, 16, 17, she wasn't a minor, but she was very young to have somebody who's that age come on her, let alone if it was an unwanted touching known as an assault. 

POLLAK: In 1973 Ringo Starr hit number one in the Billboard charts with a song "You're Sixteen You're Beautiful (And You're Mine)," and it was a remake of an earlier song. He was 30 something at the time, singing about a 16-year-old. You want to take away Ringo Starr's -- 

CUOMO: You can't be serious. You can't be serious.

POLLAK: You can't be serious. You're talking about relationships that were legal. 

CUOMO: I'm dead serious. You think that Ringo Starr's song is supposed to be a nod towards allowing 30-year-old men to prey on teenagers? You don't believe that, Joel. You're a parent. You don't believe that. 

POLLAK: You're also a parent and you know that when you raise sons, the risk that our sons face today is that they're going to be exposed to accusations that may or may not be true, and that's a new thing. You talk about raising daughters, you're always worried about your daughters, the kind of risks they're going to face, but what our sons have to worry about is what you're talking about, where you're lumping in allegations of illegal behavior with legal conduct and it's part of a campaign of character assassination that the mainstream media has been part of and people --

CUOMO: Or character appraisal.

h/t Jordan Uhl

Previously:

CNN's Chris Cuomo blasts Breitbart editor's defense of claim that many cases of rape are simply regretted sex

Breitbart editor-in-chief: The word "rape" now means "any sex that the woman ends up regretting that she had"​

Breitbart’s Joel Pollak argues Roy Moore’s reported sexual relationships with teenagers were “perfectly legitimate”

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Chris Cuomo, Joel Pollak, Roy Moore
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