The FBI is investigating charges that New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez has allegedly been sleeping with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.
This report by MRC’s Newsbusters Jan. 27 came on the same day that Sen. Menendez was given a six-minute interview with Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week.”
During this interview, Menendez was not asked even one question about the FBI investigation, or the allegations of his having sex with underage prostitutes.
Newsbusters, which is devoted to “exposing and combating liberal media bias,” quoted the following:
“With a total of six minutes of airtime, Raddatz didn’t ask one single question about the FBI’s investigation of Menendez. … Can you imagine her ignoring such an issue if she were interviewing a Republican? That probably would have been the first order of business, if not the entire six minutes.
“As such, why the double standard?”
The Daily Caller’s investigative reporter, Matthew Boyle, reports:
“Two women from the Dominican Republic told the Daily Caller that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex earlier this year.
“In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000-acre resort in the Dominican Republic. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.
“The women spoke through a translator in the company of their attorney, Melanio Figueroa. Both asked that their identities remain obscured for fear of reprisals in the Dominican Republic.
“When shown a photograph of Sen. Menendez, the women said they recognized him as the man with whom they’d had sexual relations at Casa de Campo this spring. Both said they were brought to the resort with the understanding they would be paid for sex. …
“Menendez, who is 58 and divorced, has represented New Jersey in the U.S. Senate as a Democrat since being appointed to fill a vacancy in 2005. …
“Asked about the allegations, Menendez spokeswoman Tricia Enright refused to answer any questions on the subject. ‘We’re not going to respond to a completely false accusation,’ she wrote by email.”
Think about that.
Sen. Menendez’ spokeswoman says: “We’re not going to respond” to what she claims is “a completely false accusation.”
Why is this claim not a response?
On Wednesday morning, Jan. 30, the Miami Herald published a major report on Sen. Menendez and this scandal.
At the time of this writing, I imagine that this will probably motivate the Washington Post and the New York Times to do the journalistic duty that they and ABC’s Raddatz so disgracefully evaded.