In 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.