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5 Questions for The Daily Caller

The plot thickens with the case of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and his alleged penchant for Dominican prostitutes. While this story, originally reported by The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle, who is now with Breitbart, has been stewing for a few months, things really heated up on Monday evening. WaPo reported that the prostitute in question told authorities in the Dominican Republic that she was paid to make up the story and she has never met Menendez. Ruh roh. WaPo reports, “The woman said a local lawyer had approached her and a fellow escort and asked them to help frame Menendez and a top donor, Salomon Melgen, according to affidavits obtained by The Washington Post.”

So, it looks like the Menendez story is bullshit. Or is it? The Daily Caller wasted no time in rebutting the story by WaPo saying that, essentially, they got the wrong hooker. The argument, by outgoing Daily Caller Executive Editor David Martosko, says that the women that THEY interviewed were 24 at the time, while WaPo claims the escort was 23. Martosko also says neither of the prostitutes they interviewed went by the name “Nexis de los Santos Santana,” as WaPo identifies her.

So, what the hell is going on? We have a few questions. Read more

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Daily Caller, WaPo Clash Over Hookers

When it comes to using Dominican prostitutes as presumably well-greased sources, whom do you trust?

WaPo‘s Carol D. Leonnig and Ernesto Londoño published a story yesterday that appears to debunk a previous report by The Daily Caller that two prostitutes in the Dominican Republic were patronized by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). The report says a new legal affidavit demonstrates that The DC’s sources were paid to lie about Menendez.

“The Washington Post piece today on Menendez and the Dominican hookers was completely, utterly wrong,” TheDC Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson tweeted. “Our story coming soon.” Though WaPo’s piece says the authors tried contacting Carlson for comment, Carlson tweeted that email time stamps show Leonnig emailed him “more than 30 minutes after posting her story.” We’ve reached out to WaPo for an official time stamp on its story as well as The DC for the time stamp on the email. A WaPo spokesperson simply said, “We stand by our reporting.”

The DC‘s outgoing Executive Editor David Martasko hit back at WaPo with a followup story. An excerpt:

“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. …

“Post reporter Carol D. Leonnig did not respond to requests for comment Monday night, and did not provide TheDC with a copy of the affidavit.”

The DC also issued a statement, saying it stands by its reporting.

Here, readers serve as judge, jury and executioner. Take our Fish Poll and vote on whose side you’re taking. We’ll post the results tomorrow.

Taking Out The Trash, 02.06.07

  • Most of you have no interest Sunday talk shows. Too early in the morning?

  • Fox gets the Giuliani love on his big presidential announcement day.

  • B&C reports that MSNBC GM Dan Abrams said, “We want to be ahead of CNN, and I expect that we will be within the year.” (Hat Tip: TVNewser)

  • Fox’s “Red Eye” premieres.

  • An NBC release announces that “Nightly News with Brian Williams” returns to the Gulf Coast region for the 12th time to report on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Brian Williams will anchor live from New Orleans on Tuesday, February 6.

  • A Politico reader asks Shenanigans, “What is [former NYT Executive Editor] Max Frankel doing at the Libby trial? Writing the definitive piece on Scooter? Or closing the book on Judy?”

  • NewsAssignment’s Matt Weir writes that while the Politico may not have been the new online media venture we expected, he expects, “the political news site of the future will be something more personal and citizen driven. Maybe even something like AirCongress.”

  • The National Press Foundation announced, “The 39th annual Worth Bingham Prize will be awarded to Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman of The Hartford Courant for their series, ‘Mentally Unfit, Forced to Fight,’ which was published on May 14-17, 2006. The award will be presented in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Foundation’s 24th Annual Awards Dinner on February 22, 2007.” Also being recognized are PBS’s Gwen Ifill, the late Art Buchwald, the Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and American Public Media’s Steve Henn & William Kistner.

  • To the reader that asked, “You guys are already getting ready for the hottest media types: that means I have only 6 months to find the blond curly haired tall girl. Did any tipsters write in where she works — nbc or abc?” Answer: ABC. That’s all we’re saying…

  • From DCRTV:

      DCRTV hears that Sharon Percy Rockefeller has stepped down as president and chief executive of WETA television and radio. It’s said to be due to the lingering effects from an automobile accident. “WETA deserves and must have a president who possesses the physical stamina to meet the challenges which lie ahead,” according to her letter of resignation, submitted last week. She is married to Senator John Rockefeller, a Democrat of West Virginia. More soon…..


      DCRTV hears that Channel 4/WRC cameraman and video editor Ron Minor retired today after 37 years on the beat. Minor, just 22 when he started working at DC’s NBC station, says he feels like he’s grown up at WRC. He shot eight Super Bowls, covered the Nixon White House, and worked with David Brinkley, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, and Henry Kissinger. While he traveled the world from Bosnia to South Africa, Minor says that sitting in the war room on the USS Roosevelt at sea was his most exciting shoot. Look for Minor to continue his video work via Fine Line Productions…..