ABC ignores embarrassing FBI investigation in interview with Dem Sen. Melendez

Sen. Robert MenendezIn today’s installment of why the media may pose a greater threat to the well being of this country than any political party, Newsbusters reports on a mind boggling occurrence on ABC‘s This Week Sunday.

The Daily Caller reported Friday that the FBI opened an inquiry into New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez focusing on “non-authorized trips” to the Dominican Republic and the purchase of underage prostitutes at a series of alcohol-fueled sex parties.

To recap: a U.S. senator with an alleged habit of paying for sex while outside the United States, who is suspected of evading Senate Ethics committee rules covering disclosures when third parties pay for a senator’s travel, is being investigated for his association with underage prostitutes at alcohol-fueled sex parties.

A potentially embarrassing scandal in the works, no doubt.

Unfortunately for Melendez, just two days after this story broke, he was a guest on ABC’s This Week with Martha Raddatz. Certainly, an awkward situation to find himself in, being confronted on national television over these sordid allegations.

Except that it wasn’t.

That’s right, Raddatz interviewed Melendez for six minutes covering a wide range of topics and never mentioned the FBI investigation. Not once.

Can you imagine a Republican being the beneficiary of such good fortune? As Newsbusters suggests, that probably would have been the first order of business if not the entire six minutes.

Right on cue, in an interview this weekend with the New Republic, President Obama opines on “how the media shapes debates,” suggesting that Republicans in Congress are “punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat,” as noted by Business Insider.

Apparently, ABC makes the grade in his book.

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  • Big Dem

    No problem. Turn the show off. Write sponsors and tell them you will not buy products they advertise on that program. Read and view only conservative sources of news. Dry up ad revenue and these propaganda machines will die! Use the market against them.

    Read Bizpac daily and recommend it to everyone you meet. We cannot change these media outlets because they are arrogant True Believers who are convinced they are right. Let's make them die of money starvation like Air America.

    • Teddy Torres

      Good idea, maybe someone can post the advertisers so we can write them?

  • KB Cook

    Surprised? nope – me neither

  • joe

    Not surprised at all.Still have my "I dont believe the Liberal media" sticker on my car

  • J Roland

    This can be done without mich effort just a little thought and action.Pay attention to what and from whom you are buying, In the past 4 years the products being bought from China has dropped significantly to the point China does not put a place of origin on its products now ( foods) and probably other things to follow. You can only tell by bar codes. Walmart-any nimber that starts with a 6 like 692…… American products start with 000……. So show these advertisers that we can derail there product with out much effort, just a little collective thought.

  • cs

    It's really no suprise for the blatant protection of Democrates like this dirtbag goes on in the so called media! That's why it has no credibility! American people are sick and tired of being lied and missled by the media,no matter what party you belong to.

  • Robert R

    Well, Senator, please explain to the American people how your behavior with underage prostitutes does not contribute to child sex slave trafficking. Despicable.

  • msfreeh

    Don't you think it is time we investigated the FBI?

    FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse

    Tuesday February 17, 2004 11:46 PM

    By JOHN SOLOMON

    he former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career.

    John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court in Fort Worth, Texas, after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.

    Monday August 8, 2005 Longtime FBI agent sentenced to prison on child porn count

    By JOHN MILLER

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) A longtime FBI agent who helped arrest mountain-man Claude Dallas and was involved in a deadly 1984 siege involving white supremacists in Washington state is going to prison for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

    William Buie, 64, of Boise, most recently worked as an investigator for the Idaho attorney general's office.

    February 22, 2007

    SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. A F.B.I. analyst has been sentenced to seven years in prison for having sex with a young girl in Spotsylvania County.

    Forty-four-year-old Anthony John Lesko entered an Alford plea yesterday in Spotsylvania County Circuit Court to nine counts of felony indecent liberties upon a child. An Alford plea means Lesko doesn't admit guilt but believes there is enough evidence for a conviction.

    Authorities say Lesko engaged in a sex act with her nine times, beginning when she was nine years old.

    According to the plea, Lesko said he was a victim in the case. He said the girl initiated the contact.

  • msfreeh

    Don't you think it is time we investigated the FBI?

    CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape

    By Scott Zamost and Kyra Phillips, CNN Special Investigations Unit

    January 27, 2011

    Washington (CNN) — An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.

    A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."

    And an employee in a "leadership position" misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.

    These are among confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agents and other employees over the last three years

    Buffalo FBI Agent Busted

    Dec 10, 2012

    BUFFALO, NY – A Special Agent working in the Buffalo office of the FBI is due in Eden Town Court later this month, after being arrested by New York State Police last Friday night, charged with exposing himself to a fellow motorist on the New York State Thruway.

    State Police Lt. David Denz confirmed for WGRZ-TV that John A. Yervelli Jr., 48, of Lakeview, was charged with Public Lewdness, a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

    According to Denz, a truck driver from central New York was traveling in the right lane while east bound on the Thruway near mile marker 442, between Exits 57 and 57A, when he noticed a grey minivan pull alongside him in the passing lane.

    The trucker told police that when he looked down, he noticed the driver of the other vehicle (who had turned his dome light on) was not wearing pants.

    "At that point the complainant stated that the driver of the minivan was exposing himself and making lewd gestures," Denz told 2 On Your Side.

    Denz says the trucker called police, who then intercepted the minivan at the Hamburg toll plaza, where the trucker also went to identify Yervelli. Denz said it appeared Yervelli was wearing pants when he was pulled over.

    "He denied exposing himself," Denz told Channel 2, but added that "inconsistencies" in the account given by Agent Yervelli lead State Police to file charges.

    A source says Yervelli insisted to the trooper who pulled him over that he was attempting to relieve himself into a bottle while he was driving. However, the location where he said that occurred was within a few miles (or minutes) of the exit he was headed to, and even closer to a Thruway rest stop.

    "I don't want to give you too many specifics as far as what he stated, but he made statements that would lead you to believe that the truck driver's story was credible," Denz said.

  • msfreeh

    Don't you think it was time we investigated the FBI?

    FBI Workers Suspected of Secretly Taping Teens in Dressing Room

    April 20, 2009

    Two FBI workers are accused of using surveillance equipment to spy on teenage girls as they undressed and tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall.

    The FBI employees have been charged with conspiracy and committing criminal invasion of privacy. They were working in an FBI satellite control room at the mall when they positioned a camera on temporary changing rooms and zoomed in for at least 90 minutes on girls dressing for the Cinderella Project fashion show, Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said Monday.

    Former top FBI agent charged with child porn distribution

    By Bill Mears, CNN

    May 15, 2012

    A former supervisory FBI agent has been arrested and jailed on child pornography charges.

    Donald Sachtleben was taken into custody and charged Monday after a nationwide undercover investigation of illegal child porn images traded over the Internet.

    A federal complaint alleges 30 graphic images and video were found on Sachtleben's laptop computer late last week when FBI agents searched his home, about 23 miles north of Indianapolis.

    Sachtleben is currently an Oklahoma State University visiting professor, according to his online resume. He is director of training at the school's Center for Improvised Explosives, but all references to his work have now been removed from the university's website. There was no indication from the school as to whether it had suspended him. Calls to the university and his Indianapolis attorneys were not immediately returned.