The Daily Caller is not one to shy away from a good sex scandal. Think moth to a flame.
There was Jonathan Strong‘s RNC strip club spending spree story. Then there was the Secret Service prostitution scandal bandwagon that they rode into the ground, followed by the Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) Dominican prostitute story pursued relentlessly by former reporter Matthew Boyle and former Exec. Editor David Martosko. Now, they have a new one. A piece published this weekend by Charles C. Johnson starts out, “A State Department officer has been accused of selling visas for sex and money in what may have been a massive human trafficking operation, The Daily Caller has learned.”
How did they learn this? By reading a story from Agence France Presse last week, apparently (mention of this comes about eight graphs in). The rest of Johnson’s article is all third-hand information obtained from local news reports in Guyana, a couple of Guyanese journalists, and one official statement released by the State Department in response to AFP‘s inquiry that acknowledges an investigation. No one at State returned Johnson’s calls.
It gets better. The Daily Caller tells us they’ve “identified” the officer under suspicion—whose name and picture they’ve splashed across the internet. They also noticed his dating profile notes he’s looking for work in Falls Church, which no doubt he’ll find because all sex scandals wind up in Washington at some point, right?
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