Seriously? You’re going to pull the carefully-timed just-before-the-election sex scandal card, Tucker? Watching too much Citizen Kane?
Is this what Foster Friess, the Daily Caller’s Sugar Daddy meant when he told the Washington Post why he was giving Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel– Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff when Cheney was shooting guys in the face–$3 million?
As for his new partners, Friess says by e-mail: “Tucker and Neil present a huge opportunity to re-introduce civility to our political discourse. They are mature, sensible men who are very thoughtful and experienced with pleasant senses of humor and do not take themselves too seriously. They want to make a contribution to the dialogue that occurs in our country that has become too antagonistic, nasty and hostile. . . .”
[* From the same article: "Before they finished their salad, they exchanged looks of amazement as Friess offered to match the $3 million, but without the bureaucracy. Two days later, they had a deal." Freiss has since doubled down, indicating that this is EXACTLY what he wanted to fund, shorn of all the "civility" BS.]
Here’s the prima facie case, as presented on the blog and on the terrible audio portion of the worse video of two women speaking in Spanish with obvious audio mutes and excisions:
Two Dominican women who claim to be prostitutes say that, SHOWN pictures of Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, they “recognize” him as a customer from Easter of this year.
Two women from the Dominican Republic told
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller
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.
The Daily Caller then throws in this slimy little tidbit:
It is known that Sen. Menendez has been a regular visitor to the Dominican Republic. On at least one occasion, according to a news account, Menendez has been a guest at the Casa de Campo home of a friend and campaign donor named Salomon Melgen, an ophthalmologist and owner of an eye clinic in Florida.
Oooh. Damning, right? Except Wikipedia tells us:
In addition to being considered one of the most prestigious resorts in the Dominican Republic, Casa de Campo also boasts over 1,700 private villas, which range in price from US$500,000 to US$24,000,000, making it also one of the countries’ most affluent communities, comparable to the Hamptons.
OK: Two Dominican hookers “finger” the guy the Daily Caller wants to smear from a photograph, having spent part of one night with him a couple hundred johns ago.
Er, the Dominican Republic, we mean…
Oh, and conveniently, “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.”
Yeah. Right. Sure. So, two prostitutes who can’t speak English claim to have identified a man named “Bob” who they had sex with for money. Even though one of them claims that things were arranged through an intermediary–who stiffed her by promising $500 and only paying $100–and, therefore, is no clear evidentiary chain back to supposed “Bob” who they miraculously recognize from a photo taken months ago, the Daily Caller is happy to impute the “ripoff” claim from the prostitutes to Senator Menendez.
That’s a mighty tenuous chain of evidence there, Tucker.
Tucker Carlson, visible figurehead of The Daily Caller
But here’s the real “Perry Mason” part of it:
Menendez’s 2012 public schedule shows no events listed for Easter or the following three days. On Easter Sunday this year, aircraft records obtained by TheDC show that Melgen’s plane left Florida the morning of Easter Sunday, stopped at the Teterboro private airport near Menendez’s home in New Jersey, and flew on to the Dominican Republic.
Two days later it returned to the United States, from a private airport near Casa de Campo.
Maybe it’s plausible. But to make such an accusation on such flimsy grounds is the kind of gutter ‘journalism’ that’s beneath the National Enquirer — who would never run such a story without a lot more facts and a lot tighter case. Then again, it’s almost impossible to libel a ‘public figure’ and even if the Daily Caller lost a defamation or libel suit, sugar-daddy Foster Friess has been willing from the start to write seven figure checks to keep the civility flowing at the Daily Caller.
Foster and Lynn Friess official portrait
from whom the cash comes for this stuff
That’s all you got? A clearly edited and masked tape (with lots of cleavage, to prove they’re hookers, I guess) a claim of identification and a claim that a third party didn’t pay them the right amount.
Oh, and this gem:
“He called him[self] ‘Bob,’” said one.
Because all johns use their real names with hookers. Yeah. Right. It continues:
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.
It’s only the last paragraph that really matters here. A professional smear machine, which has attempted to foist a new “scandal” off nearly every day of this fall election cycle (leaving aside its earlier utter abnegation of the term “civility”) who is LOOKING for scandal, finds two anonymous hookers, who claim to have been paid, but supposedly stiffed, and are shocked that a male customer would compliment her before the paid sex, but not particularly “woo” her afterwards?
One had not realized how extreme and finely tuned is the delicacy and emotional sensitivity of Dominican whores.
Otherwise, it doesn’t actually sound like any hooker I’ve ever heard of. It’s rather a cash and carry business, and most competent hookers demand their cash up front.
Shocked! Shocked! that a john would LIE to her! (Oh, and yet admitting that he hadn’t negotiated nor made the disputed payment!)
So, are these actually “prostitutes”? And, if so, are they merely being paid to say whatever they were told to say during the blanked out audio portions of the “interview”? (The Daily Caller “reporter”s voice has been excised from the video, naturally.
Dumped, via Drudge Report hype and PRE-hype, FIVE days before an election?
Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies,
who ought to be the Daily Caller’s
Oh yeah. That’s SO credible and so praiseworthy that the very gods of journalism have returned to planet Earth to fete our incredible investigative journalists for their brave and valuable contribution “to re-introduce civility to our political discourse…”
Because Tucker and Patel “are mature, sensible men who are very thoughtful and experienced with pleasant senses of humor and do not take themselves too seriously. They want to make a contribution to the dialogue that occurs in our country that has become too antagonistic, nasty and hostile. . . .” according to F0ster ‘Aspirin between her knees’ Friess.
No censor, prude or bluenose has ever been ruined–that I know of–for irresponsibly ruining the lives of others, although it would be nice to see. No one will call out Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel and Foster Friess for this sleazy attempt to swing an election and ruin people’s lives. Naw. They’re just being “moral” and hoping that the scolds and nags, the harpies and haranguers of “morality” in the media will lead the witch hunt they hope to enflame.
How much do you want to bet me that this story will feature prominently on Faux Nooz for the next week?
Who is actually responsible for this political pornography, no matter how much he might protest that he “doesn’t interfere” but has plunked million$ more down to keep the Daily Caller dispensing its own peculiar brand of ‘civility.’
You know, the kind shown here, that Mr. “Jesus is my CEO” has shown he likes and approves of. Why here HE is in Haiti. Wonder how much he stiffed HIS hookers?
“NCF has been instrumental in handling the
back-office functions of the gift-matching
Funds I’ve set up for the Katrina and Tsunami
disasters. A huge administrative burden
has been lifted from my shoulders, allowing me
to focus on ministry work, instead.” – Foster Friess
That’s some kind of ‘Christian’ ministry you’ve got there at The Daily Caller, Foster, old top.
Ah, civility and Christian charity!
And you’ve paid for so much of it, Foster. You’ve paid for so MUCH of it.