The unconditional help from the mainstream media to the Democratic Party doesn’t seem to have a near end. Recently, regarding the controversial case against Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, NBC published an article where they committed a significant mistake that changes the whole perspective: believe it or not, they said he was a Republican.
The article was people believe that it was just a simple slip considering that the article clearly contradicts itself. However, things got really suspicious when you take a look at the whole picture.on Wednesday, and in the lead, the media outlet falsely identified him as a GOP member. Confusingly, NBC later called him a Democrat in the same sentence, which could make
The article appears to be just a wire from the Associated Press, but the thing is that the original piece on AP’s page does not feature that monumental mistake. Naturally, the only interpretation about this strange journalistic incident is that this was something added by NBC.
Of course, the goal behind this kind of move is not only to mislead the reader, but also to reduce the impact of a delicate case that seriously harms the reputation of the Democratic Party, considering that Menendez is one of its most prominent members.
Far from correcting the mistake soon after everyone started to talk about it, NBC news corrected it a couple of hours later. By this point, the damage was already made, given the fact that almost no one reads something already viewed just to see the corrections.
For example, if the Daily Post publishes an article where it assures thatis the leader of Antifa, and corrects the mistake several hours later, there are people that would believe that remark no matter how strong the correction could be.
As several studies have shown, readers tend to read certain news only once, meaning that if there was any kind of mistake in the piece, they could easily believe that error. This way, while corrections can be made in order to avoid legal issues, the reputation of the parties involved in the mistake won’t be fixed that easily.
As it has been reported by media outlets, the Democratic Senator is facing a dozen corruption-related charges in connection with several allegations that he wrongfully assisted a friend called Dr. Salomon Melgen to navigate government issues. This whole operation was made while Menendez’s friend attempted to get away with more than $100 million in Medicare fraud.
Naturally, the mainstream media’s coverage of this case has been extremely weak, especially if it’s considered the fact that this has been going on for several months. And while most of the networks, newspapers and websites are already informing about it, they are trying to avoid the case to receive an uncomfortable amount of attention.
This operation is made not only by making it almost impossible to find, or provide just a few seconds on TV, but also by trying to manipulate or ignore as most as possible the political affiliation of the main character. After all, during the Obama era and especially under Trump administration, the mainstream media has proved to be one of the most effective weapons of the Democratic Party.
In addition to what NBC did with Menendez’s case, another similar operation was made by the New York Times, which instead of changing his political affiliation,to point out that he’s a Democrat.
Although it was a 1300-word news story about what was happening with the Senator, this media outlet never mentioned his party affiliation. In fact, both in print and on social media, the NYT failed miserably to inform its readers that Menendez is a member of the Democratic Party, despite the fact this is a really controversial case considering that it is the first time in 36 years that a Senator faces bribery trial.
Thanks Evan. Not odd, just an oversight on my part after drafts. Adding back now.
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc)
Far from not having opportunities to mention his party affiliation, the piece referred to Menendez 29 times in the story, without once ever mentioning that he’s a Democrat. Instead, its author Nick Corasanti referred to him as a senior senator, or “Senator of New Jersey.”
However, far from going unnoticed, the piece received such a major backlash that the NYT was forced to update the article, adding Menendez’s party affiliation. Nevertheless, they didn’t mention it until the fourth paragraph, being a really shady move considering that many people only read the headline and the lead of most news.
Lamentably, this is what happens when the most powerful media outlets decide to embrace a political ideology and the party that represents it.
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