11.01.2012

Dana Loesch (and the rest of the #TCOT Brigade) harping about a "sex scandal" to discredit Bob Menendez

We have yet another right-wing media/#TCOT Brigade non-story to break: GOP cheerleader Dana Loesch reported on this non-scandal on her lie-filled radio show blog in order to help out Bob Menendez (D-NJ)'s challenger Joe Kyrillos (R):


The bigger story is Menendez’s offense. The crime isn’t that he’s a single man who paid for prostitutes, the crime is his hypocrisy. The crime is that Menendez acts like a savior on the front lines of the “war on women.” 
Does he limit his “concern” for American women? Dominican women are excluded? This is the hypocrisy of the left. Sex scandals and double standards don’t matter if the antagonist is a Democrat. 
So where does Bob Menendez stand on women’s rights, and can we start with the right of the prostitutes to get the money Menendez promised them?

This is bullcrap, Dana, and you fucking know it!

Here's her tweets on the Menendez non-scandal:





When MO-Lt. Gov. and regular guest of The Dana Show's Peter Kinder (R) had a similar scandal (and that one, unlike Menendez, is a REAL scandal), what did Loesch do? She DEFENDED him.


The GOP-biased Daily Caller's Matthew Boyle::

Two women from the Dominican Republic told The Daily Caller that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex earlier this year.
In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000 acre resort in the Dominican Republic. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100. 
The women spoke through a translator in the company of their attorney, Melanio Figueroa. Both asked that their identities remain obscured for fear of reprisals in the Dominican Republic.
When shown a photograph of Sen. Menendez, the women said they recognized him as the man with whom they’d had sexual relations at Casa de Campo this spring. Both said they were brought to the resort with the understanding they would be paid for sex.
Neither knew the identity of the man at the time. Both claimed to recognize him later as Sen. Menendez. 
“He called him[self] ‘Bob,’” said one.
One woman said Menendez wooed her with compliments like “beautiful” before they slept together. The other woman recounted, with apparent bitterness, receiving from an intermediary only $100 of the $500 she had been promised.
“He lies,” she said of Menendez. “He says one thing and does another.”
According to the translator’s summary, Menendez “was nice at first, but then later he did not seem to care about her.” 
Menendez, who is 58 and divorced, has represented New Jersey in the U.S. Senate as a Democrat since being appointed to fill a vacancy in 2005. He is up for re-election on Nov. 6
In the latest October surprise, two unidentified women from the Dominican Republic are accusing Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez of paying them for sex earlier this year, The Daily Caller reports.
The two women spoke on camera with their faces obscured through a translator, with their attorney present. The prostitutes are alleging that Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex, but he only gave them $100.
Even die-hard right-wing loon host of MSNBC's The Cycle S.E. Cupp believes this is a non-scandal:

For now, even Jim Hoft's Gateway Pundit has not touched this "story." And also I don't see Fixed Noise, NewsMax, Fox Nation, or WND on this at this moment. This could change in the morning.

Hoft's website pounced on this non-story::
That’s odd. He’s so generous with spending your money – just not his own.



And until CREDIBLE news sources report on this (such as HuffPo, CNN, MSNBC, TPM, NBC News, Yahoo!), this is just another right-wing bogus story perpetrated by the likes of Dana Loesch, The Daily Caller, The Blaze, FreeRepublic, HotAir, Drudge, NewsMax, and the whole RWNJ/#TCOT Media apparatus. And even if they did, it would be seen as a RWNJ hackjob.

Adam Weinstein at Mother Jones has called out The Daily Caller on their role in the non-scandal on Twitter:






If a GOP candidate was involved in a sex scandal, I bet these same so-called "family values" kooks would try to cover up that crime to protect them, like with what happened to Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and former Congresscritter Mark Foley (R).

Proof from a Washington Monthly article from from Steve Benen on the GOP hypocrisy of sex scandals::


Democrats caught up in sex scandals -- Spitzer, John Edwards, Jim McGreevey, and to a lesser extent, Eric Massa -- tend to quickly resign and avoid politics. Republicans -- Vitter, Ensign, Sanford, Gingrich, Giuliani -- prefer a far different approach, reject the idea of being permanently disgraced, and the GOP doesn't seem to mind.
I can appreciate why IOKIYAR seems like a lazy cliche, but I'm not convinced it's wrong.

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