This week, the Courier-Journal published allegations of abuse against Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer, made by a former girlfriend. WDRB only reported the allegations after Comer held a press conference to address them.
There's a reason we waited. But it's not because of something we know. It's because of what we don't know.
The C-J's story is based solely on an accusatory letter sent to the paper by the alleged victim. But they offer no hard evidence to substantiate the charges. And the only other people who have verbally supported the woman's story are an old friend and her mother.
We're not taking sides here. Her story could be true. But as journalists, we have to vet stories. People make claims all the time. If we reported every accusation that people bring to us, there wouldn't be enough time in the day to report them all—even if we did newscasts 24 hours a day.
Put simply, we need more.
I'm not accusing the Courier of any sinister plot. But the bias they've shown so consistently in the past against Republicans in general is exactly what will make it easy for people to question their motives if this really is all they have.
Right now, as far as we're concerned, this hasn't progressed beyond the stage of Internet rumor. And we believe you expect more from us.