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.
1. Is The Daily Caller’s main defense that the women in question is a year older and has a different name than reported by WaPo? Because that seems a little thin. Maybe the woman had a birthday. Or lied about her age. (It happens.) Maybe she used an assumed name. I guess this question will be answered over time. It’s not like the other prostitutes just disappeared, right?
2. Where the hell is Matthew Boyle? Boyle, who tweets constantly, was quiet in the two days leading up to the WaPo story. Maybe he was still reeling from his Twitter battle with Ashley Judd.
3. Did WaPo ever reach out to Matthew Boyle? He’s the guy who broke this whole story in the first place. At the very least, he might have been able to answer a few questions they might have had on the scoop.
4. Why won’t WaPo clarify their story? WaPo‘s own media writer, Erik Wemple, reported on this story Tuesday morning, but offers little clarity to the actual story from his own newspaper. Wemple reached out to Carol D. Leonnig, one of the WaPo reporters who broke their story, but couldn’t get a comment. Good thing they scrapped their ombudsman.
5. Why can’t anyone else confirm the escort’s story besides The Daily Caller? As Wemple points out in his piece, several media outlets have tried to independently confirm that these hookers exist and yet, no one else can. Throughout this whole saga, Menendez has maintained his innocence and even blamed this whole mess on “smears” from right-wing websites. At this point, his claim appears to be working.