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January 28, 2013

Emails Reveal FBI Investigating Senator Bob Menendez For Sex With Underaged Dominican Prostitutes; CREW and ABCNews Had Been Aware of the Story Since

Where there's smoke, there's underaged Dominican prostitutes.

Underaged Dominican Prostitutes had a minor radio hit in 1983 with "Johnny Are You a John?" They're currently residing in the Where Are They Now file, with Spinal Tap.

Anyway, the investigation began August 1st, 2012. Documents show that people at CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a supposedly non-partisan watchdog group that only gets moist for stories involving Republicans) and ABCNews (a supposedly non-partisan news corporation that only gets moist for stories involving Republicans) were aware of the story even before that, in April and May respectively, but apparently did nothing further with it.

It's very easy for a news organization to not devote any resources to a story. Stories take time and manpower, and some require more time and manpower. Few in a company are ever disciplined for not spending money.

When dishonest political agitation is accomplished like this -- where it's not what the media is reporting, and it's not even what it's not reporting; it's about what it hasn't even bothered to devote the meagrest resources to find out what could be reported -- it's the journalistic equivalent of an undetectable poison.

Years ago, I mean decades ago, I read a quote about politicians performing quid pro quo favors for campaign cash, and whether or not we could prove it. The guy who was quoted opined that it was difficult to determine. He noted that in many cases, the payoff might not take the form of votes on legislative action -- those might be detectable, and so are avoided -- but could take subtler forms, like the question that is never asked at a hearing.

The media's doing a terrific job of not asking questions it doesn't want to know the answer to. It doesn't ask these questions in bulk, and the great volume of questions it doesn't ask makes it cheap to not ask questions.

And it passes these savings on to you, the customer.

[Update JohnE.]: Here is the search query for "Senator Menendez Dominican Prostitutes" on the ABC News website (abcnews.go.com).

You will see two matches. Both are only matches because someone mentioned it in the comments section of the respective articles.

Zero mentions otherwise.

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posted by Ace at 01:08 PM

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