NBC News Incorrectly Labels Menendez a Republican Before Correcting Article Hours Later
NBC News published an article Wednesday incorrectly labeling Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), currently in federal court on bribery charges, a Republican.
NBC styled Menendez as a Republican in the lede of the article, then confusingly labeled him a Democrat at the end of the introductory paragraph, the Daily Caller reported.
It took NBC over two hours to offer a correction to the article, in which they wrote, "An earlier version of this article misstated the party affiliation of Menendez. He is a Democrat, not a Republican."
This is not the first time that a media outlet has misstated Menendez's political affiliation. The New York Times completely left out Menendez's political affiliation in their article on his corruption trial, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
In an article nearly 1,300 words long on Menendez's federal bribery trial, the first one for a sitting U.S. senator in 36 years, writer Nick Corasaniti initially did not mention once that Menendez is a Democrat.
After several complaints from Republican Twitter users about the omission of Menendez's party identification, Corasaniti tweeted that it was an "oversight" and said he would make a change to the article.
Thanks Evan. Not odd, just an oversight on my part after drafts. Adding back now.— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) September 5, 2017
Menendez is being charged with 12 corruption-related counts, including six counts of bribery, that are tied to his longtime friendship with mega donor Florida ophthalmologist, Dr. Salomon Melgen, the Times reported.
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