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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

NYT refuses to call a Democrat on trial a Democrat

UPDATED BELOW. THE ORIGINAL POST:

Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey will stand trial for bribery, and the New York Times feels obligated to cover the courtroom drama.

But the Times childishly refuses to call Democrat Menendez a Democrat.



In a 1,368-word opus, "Menendez Trial Set to Begin With Tensions High and Washington Watching," writer Nick Corasaniti never identified the allegedly easily bought off senator as a Democrat.

But Corasaniti did manage to work in a reference to President Trump in the third paragraph of his story:
NEWARK — The senator paused in a corridor of the federal courthouse here last month to oblige a beckoning courtroom sketch artist.
The artist spun around her canvas and Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey looked briefly at her sketch of the courtroom, the sharp royal blues of his suit and broad charcoals of his outline a familiar form to the former lawyer, but his place in the painting a jarring shift: the defendant’s chair. His smile mixed with a grimace before he disappeared through the double wooden doors to the courtroom.
The moment underscored the unusual predicament facing Mr. Menendez, a senior senator: For the first time in 36 years, a sitting United States Senator is facing a federal bribery trial, one that comes as a bitterly divided Congress reconvenes amid the unrelenting turbulence of the Trump administration.
Trump has nothing to do with the trial.

To his credit, Barack Obama let his Justice Department indict Menendez, not offering him the friends-and-family plan of immunity from prosecution that Hillary enjoyed.

How odd that the Times which wrongly, carelessly and unapologetically linked Sarah Palin to a mass murder is so reluctant to link this alleged crook Menendez with the party he has served throughout his adult life.

Just for the record, Menendez is a Democrat.

Menendez is a Democrat.

Menendez is a Democrat.

The closest that Corasaniti came to identifying Menendez as a Democrat was in Paragraph 22, when he mentioned the man who allegedly owned Menendez's political soul, Dr. Salomon Melgen:
When Dr. Melgen needed quick changes to a Medicare reimbursement program, he donated $300,000 through his company to Majority PAC, a super PAC supporting Democratic candidates for Senate. The same day, Mr. Menendez met with officials at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and a month later, with Kathleen Sebelius, then the secretary of Health and Human Services, according to the brief.
And Corasaniti described Dr. Melgen as "a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist," but did not bother to identify Menendez as a Democrat.

I left him a message on Twitter:
Hey, Nick Corasaniti, why did you not identify Menendez as a Democrat? Do you plan to ignore his party affiliation throughout the trial? If it was a mistake, will you issue a formal correction?
As soon as I get a reply, I will post it.

UPDATE: After people complained on Twitter, Corasaniti stealth edited and identified Menendez as a Democrat in Paragraph 4 without explanation. I do not know if it was fixed in the printed version..

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13 comments:

  1. The way things are going the name of the game will have to be changed from Name That Party to Name That Pity Party.

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  2. Corasaniti and the editor may have been fired for allowing the word democratic into the article.

    Meanwhile, the trial of democrat senator Menendez, a democrat senator may expose other democrats such as democrat Harry Reid, a former democrat senator. Hopefully other corrupt democrats will be named by democrat senator Menendez, a democrat senator in perhaps a plea deal.

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  3. It's always "Name That Party" game time, isn't it.

    I figure you're going to wait a long time before Corainsaniti admits Menendez is a Dem.

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  4. As the trial progresses and the airtight case against him emerges, the NYT will no longer print his name, but instead print a symbol and refer to him as "the politician formerly known as a Democrat".

    They gets him, them, and the Democratic party off the hook.

    Then they can party like it's 1999.

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  5. "... the man who allegedly owned Menendez's political soil...."

    I see what you did there, Don. Well phrased!

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  6. NJ's Hudson County—Menendez's home base— gives Illinois' Cook County a run for the money when it comes to decades of utterly corrupt Democrat-machine politics.

    Looks like he brought a few of his bad habits to Washington.

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  7. "To his credit, Barack Obama let his Justice Department indict Menendez, not offering him the friends-and-family plan of immunity from prosecution that Hillary enjoyed."

    Poor Democrat Sen. Menendez apparently doesn't have any dirt on Obama, so he can be thrown to the wolves without concern.

    The Cankled Witch however has plenty of damaging evidence, and Obama knows that he goes if she goes. That's why she gets immunity.

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  8. Come on Don, you know the rules. No party mentioned=Democrat. No race mentioned=not white. No religion mentioned=not Christian.

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  9. Menendez opposed Obama's Cuba policy and supported Israel over Iran.
    That's what called him to be pursued as an enemy of the state.

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  10. You just know if Menendez were Republican the NYT would have found a way to point that out six times in the first paragraph.

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  11. I do not know if it was fixed in the printed version.....
    Would the parrot care?

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  12. To his credit...

    Credit? Haha, no, he was fed to the wolves because Menendez stuck his thumb in Obama's eye--this isn't about justice, this is (was?) about getting even.

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