Something hidden in the New York Times … An initial version of a story about the corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez in the New York Times didn’t mention that he is a Democrat. According to Josh Jordan on Twitter, the information was “quietly added” to the story. If this was a Republican, the headline would have screamed “GOP Senator faces corruption trial tomorrow.” This is the Times’ subtle bias at work.
Unfair to Democrats … The Hill published a laughable op-ed by defense lawyer Joel Cohen that said prosecuting Menendez for corruption “unfairly punishes Democratic voters.” Like that should have anything to do with it. The gist is that since NJ has a GOP governor, if Menendez needs to resign from the Senate, a GOP senator would most probably replace him. This is simple: If he’s guilty, this is Menendez’s fault alone.
Media gray-out … While there has been some coverage in the media of the trial, it is scant and often confined to spaces off the front pages. You have to dig to find the coverage. Bre Payton, writing at The Federalist, has a good breakdown of the lack of coverage.
Cable networks not covering … Over the last 48 hours, on the cusp of the trial, the only network to cover it was MSNBC, with a short mention in the 9:30 news rundown this morning and a brief mention on Morning Joe yesterday, where it was stressed that Menendez has a presumption of innocence. There was no mention on any of the “Sunday shows.”
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