New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez’s trial began this week, the first time in 36-years that a sitting United States senator has faced federal bribery trial charges. While the trial is getting little coverage on the major television networks, Fox News gave the story airtime on “Fox and Friends” with guest Judge Jeanine Pirro.
As DML News reported on August 31, Sen. Menendez was allegedly bribed by campaign donor Salomon Melgen, for governmental favors. Melgen is a Florida eye doctor and close friend of Menendez’. Melgen is accused of bribing the senator with more than $700,000 in campaign-related cash, and thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and lavish trips, in exchange for his help.
In 2011, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) played a part in helping Menendez to “amplify the pressure” on the Obama administration, the Justice Department has reported. Menendez and Reid pressured the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reverse its ruling that Melgen owed $8.9 million for overbilling Medicare.
The New York Times covered the story in a 1,300 word report, yet writer Nick Corasaniti failed to provide one important fact: Menendez’s political affiliation. He later updated the story, adding in that Menendez is a Democrat and calling the omission an “oversight,” but not before many others noticed the error.
Kellyanne Conway, the president’s trusted White House counselor, tweeted about the oversight, and was roasted by members of the media – who humorously later had to eat their words – for her assertion.
CBS, ABC and NBC News “did not devote any time to the trial in their Thursday night newscasts,” as Fox News noted, but Judge Jeanine Pirro commented about the trial on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning.
Pirro says the media isn’t giving the case coverage because they’re only interested in “truth and justice” for one side, and reminded viewers that the charges against Menendez were brought on during the administration of former President Barrack Hussein Obama.
Pirro also pointed out that Melgen, who is charged with 11 counts, was once the top recipient of Medicare funds.
“This is public corruption. Let’s clean the swamp,” said Pirro.
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Friendly reminder that Democrat Senator Bob Menendez’s massive bribery trial starts in less than 10 hours. Total media blackout! #LockHimUp
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