Drew Sheneman From Downtown on Bob Menendez Accusations

There are a lot of allegations swirling around Bob Menendez these days regarding a donor, airplane rides and prostitutes. The only problem is that the person who made the accusations appears to be as real as Manti Teo’s girlfriend, and the evidence of any wrongdoing other than late reporting of plane rides is … absent like a 404.

The problem is that the recent FBI raid of the donor’s offices — which no one but the fibbies knows the intent of — made this a story and a few semi-reputable outlets covered it, then reputable outlets covered it, then the semi-reputable outlets use the reputable outlets as proof it’s a real story!

That’s how Donald Rumsfeld and Judith Miller got us into war in Iraq.  Which was based on falsehoods in an echo chamber.

Drew Sheneman hits it right on with this cartoon from the Star Ledger, noting that it’s hard for Menendez to defend himself when there is no accuser or, really, a significant accusation.

This has become a staple of the right wing media as typified by The Daily Caller that “broke” this story months ago.  Throw mud at the wall, find something to connect it with, echo it on other right wing sites, and once it’s picked up in the real media go to town as if you hadn’t created the scandal out of whole cloth.

And the establishment media falls for it every time.

Comments (13)

  1. 12mileseastofTrenton

    were publicized.  That’s not in dispute.

    This is not the first time he’s engaged in ethically questionable conduct.  To me, he’s another Bob Torricelli, and we shouldn’t minimize that just because the underage prostitute allegation may be false.

  2. ken bank

    By his own admission he didn’t pay the $58,000 for the trips until more than two years later and then only after Middlesex GOP Chair Sam Thompson filed a complaint, which makes it even more embarrasing. That’s no allegation, that’s a fact.

    Now the New York Times (hardly a rightwing trash site) is reporting “Playboy Bob” pressured US officials to put the squeeze on the Dominican government to honor a $500 million contract they had with a company owned by his campaign donor and alleged “procurer”. Menendez admits the story is true but calls it “constituent advocacy”. So with regard to the most serious allegations Menendez has already confessed. Now it just remains to be seen what kind of reprimand he gets from the Ethics Committee.

    As to the sex, I assume he’s guilty and have no problem with it since prostitution is legal, he’s not married, and he and his friend are as much entitled to the pleasures of female companionship as anyone else. Even if they were underage it worldn’t surprise or shock me since there are probably lots of underage prostitutes who work in the Dominacan Republic with forged licenses and birth certificates. It’s not that hard to get a false birth certificate in the DR, ask any Little League coach with Dominican kids on his team.

  3. mmgth

    The front page headline in the Sunday’s Phila. Inquirer is “Can Menendez weather storm or is there more?”.Their article continues on page 16 more or less saying the story being spread on right wing media is unsubstantiated…maybe. This is exactly the point the diarist is making.  


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