For what, you ask?
The feds are investigating accusations that New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez had sex with underage hookers on trips to the Dominican Republic, The Post has learned.
“Clearly, they [FBI agents] were pursuing it,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, who reported Menendez to the feds last year.
Menendez and his Dominican junkets have come under intense scrutiny in the past 24 hours after the feds raided the Florida office of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Menendez friend.
Tipsters told Sloan’s group that Melgen repeatedly flew Menendez on a private jet to the Dominican Republic, where the doctor allegedly supplied prostitutes to the senator.
Melgen did not respond to requests for comment.
Menendez’s office said, “Any allegations of engaging with prostitutes are manufactured . . . and are false.”
I quoted the entire article, from the supposedly Republican-leaning New York Post, for a reason. Do you see what you’re not noticing? If you didn’t already know Bob Menendez was a member of the Democrat Party, you certainly weren’t going to get that piece of information from Post writer Josh Margolin.
I wonder why the NYPost would neglect to mention that Mr. Menendez is a Democrat. Party affiliation is a fairly easy way for people to identify political figures. For the news consumer, understanding where an elected representative sits on the partisan spectrum is a great help when trying to get a grasp on current events. Yet we never get to know Bob Menendez very well from this article, especially as it relates to his profession. He must be from the very popular Generic Party. Tra-la-la, ho-hum, move it along folks.
Isn’t it also strange how this investigation didn’t come out until after Boisterous Bobby was safely re-elected? I know Joseph Kyrillos, Menendez’s GOP opponent last November, tried to make some hay out this but that tactic was largely seen as a dying campaign’s last gasp. Most the of the media blew it all off: “These are baseless allegations against this divorced senator from an unknown region of the United States. Also hookers are notorious liars. Besides prostitution is legal in the DR, so yeah.”
We can all see how Garden State voters were rightfully protected from this unseemly intrusive information. Nobody thinks it’s important that their Senator is being investigated by the FBI for improperly using a campaign contributor’s private jet to hook up with underage hookers at the same campaign contributor’s private club located in a foreign country with notably lax prostitution statutes. Citizens would not be at all interested in learning about a situation like this, especially during an election where the Democrat Party was
shamelessly moralizing dutifully explaining to America all the many ways that Republicans want to exploit women.
Media observers, including some conservatives, think that press bias is just a matter of how a news organization presents stories. Giving a story a left wing spin is a time-honored tactic for the Democrat Party shill working at an MSM outlet. The media still does this all the time. But it’s more than just putting a progressive-friendly sheen on stuff. It’s about guarding the good guys–ie Bill Clinton, Barney Frank and Bob Menendez–and punishing the evil retrograde Republicans and conservatives.
Here is more: RS McCain makes this pungent observation.
…you want to tell me that’s not newsworthy? Turn in your press credentials, clean out your desk and find another line of work, because you clearly have no aptitude for the news business.
See, that’s just it. The media loves a good political sex scandal, when it’s a Republican at the center of it. When a GOPer does something awful, the press loves to spin it into their favorite narrative–“This latest sex scandal indicts the entire hypocritical Republican party.”
When it’s a Democrat that’s accused of using people like a box of kleenex, suddenly it’s not newsworthy.
Protecting the progressive brand is more important than, you know, actually reporting the news.
Back to the story: It just keeps getting uglier.
The main source in the Bob Menendez underage hooker scandal sent the FBI the names offour hookers who confirmed they had attended sex parties with Salmon Melgen and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in the Dominican Republic. On Tuesday, FBI agents raided the West Palm Beach business of Dr. Melgen who is suspected of providing free trips and even underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J.
I’ll say this. We live in a country where a person is innocent until proven guilty. None of this has been found to be true yet. Menendez might not have done any of it.
At the same time, I don’t see the FBI investigating something like this if there isn’t something to it. I mean, do they like wasting time and resources on complete dead-ends? I don’t think that happens too often, especially since the target of the investigation is such a high-profile public figure.