Did she or didn’t she? And if she did, is it even the right “she”? Did The Washington Post report confuse one prostitute with another in its bid to debunk Menendez allegations?
The Washington Post mistook one prostitute for another Monday in a report that initially seemed to debunk a November 2012 Daily Caller exposé of New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez.
While the Post said it had an affidavit from a woman in the Dominican Republic admitting she fabricated claims Menendez paid her for sex, that woman was not one of the two prostitutes TheDC interviewed for a Nov. 1 report.
The Post identified the woman as 23-year-old Nexis de los Santos Santana.
The Miami Herald similarly reported that de los Santos “was one of two women who appeared in videos” published by TheDC.
De los Santos claimed she was “surreptitiously taped,” the Post wrote.
The Miami Herald noted, however that “in The Daily Caller video, in which she is allegedly the woman wearing green whose face is blurred out, she appears wearing an earpiece and answering questions.”
The interview was conducted via a video webcam. Both women consented to its presence.
Post reporter Carol D. Leonnig did not respond to requests for comment Monday night, and did not provide TheDC with a copy of the affidavit.
Other elements of the Post’s story suggested that it had identified a different escort from the women who told TheDC they were paid to have sex with the senator. […]