The New York Times beat up on Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin’s new TV ad, saying it “focuses on unproven allegations by an anonymous tipster.”
The Hugin ad accuses incumbent Bob Menendez and friend Salomon Melgen of hiring underage prostitutes during a vacation in the Dominican Republic. Menendez says Hugin’s ad is a lie.
“But it has never been proven. It came from an anonymous tipster whose identity has never been publicly revealed,” wrote reporter Nick Corasaniti, who did the fact checking for the New York Times. “And it was not included in a 68-page indictment on federal corruption charges brought against the two men, which culminated in a trial last year that ended in a hung jury.”
The Times disagreed with the accuracy of Hugin’s claim that underage girls accused Menendez, and that the Justice Department had evidence of the allegations.
“This is misleading,” Corasaniti wrote.