On Monday, The Washington Post giddily reported that a woman who told the Daily Caller that Sen. Bob Menendez paid her for sex never even met the senator. She reportedly told Dominican authorities she was paid to make the whole thing up.
ABC News political director Rick Klein proudly tweeted that his network skipped the Menendez-tarnishing story because the woman, Nexis de los Santos Santana, wasn’t “credible.”
Incidentally, ABC’s story was co-authored by Brian Ross, drooling lapdog and Tea Party-smear artist.
So, the escort’s initial story wasn’t “credible” enough to report, but her retraction makes her a quality source? Perhaps Rick Klein should stick to composing seventh-grade poetry; He’s not terribly good at this “real reporter” business.
Oh, and Rick, about that woman’s credibility? Perhaps you inadvertently got it right when you suspected she wasn’t very credible: The Daily Caller reports that WaPo got the wrong prostitute.
While the Post said it had an affidavit from a woman in the Dominican Republic admitting she fabricated claims Menendez paid her for sex, that woman was not one of the two prostitutes TheDC interviewed for a Nov. 1 report.
Both women TheDC interviewed said they were 24 years old at the time — not 23 — and neither went by Nexis de los Santos Santana.
Pants down, indeed:
Will the media who breathlessly reported WaPo’s “scoop” mention the followup from The Daily Caller?