One thing I didn’t get to post about yesterday because of the Paul filibuster was a set of updates on the flawed Washington Post story purporting to debunk the Daily Caller pieces on Menendez. We can’t lose sight of this: it could be the next Rathergate.
First, as I reported the other day, Tucker Carlson said they claimed they tried to contact him but didn’t.
Time stamps show the WaPo’s Carol Leonnig emailed me more than 30 minutes after posting her story on us, then pretended I didn’t respond.
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) March 5, 2013
Second, as the Daily Caller has reported, the Washington Post airbrushed out the central error of their story without acknowledging error. This is huge. The original story read:
[T]he women’s videotaped claims, with their faces obscured, were played on the conservative Web site The Daily Caller. The news site reported that ‘the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000-acre resort in the Dominican Republic.
This was quietly changed to this:
“the videotaped claims of two women, made with their faces obscured, were posted on the conservative Web site the Daily Caller.”
As the Daily Caller explained, this “ma[de] it ambiguous whether the two women who appeared in TheDC’s video are the same ones Leonnig identified as retracting their allegations against Menendez.”
Third, the affidavit they relied on? I’m just saying, that thing seems suspect.
Somehow I think we haven’t heard the last of this story. Keep it in the forefront of your mind.