The Daily Caller claims that The Washington Post screwed up its report debunking their report about Senator Bob Menendez and Dominican prostitutes, but their defense isn't much more solid than the original story.
Late last night, Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson fired back at the Post's Monday evening claim that the prostitutes featured in a DC story from last year were paid to fabricate their claims of Menendez buying sex from them.
The Washington Post piece today on Menendez and the Dominican hookers was completely, utterly wrong. Our story coming soon.— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) March 5, 2013
WaPo might have saved itself the embarrassment if they'd bothered to call us before running their stupid piece.— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) March 5, 2013
Turns out the Washington Post got the wrong hooker: dailycaller.com/2013/03/05/wap…— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) March 5, 2013
Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, The Daily Caller did offer its rebuttal, written by Executive Editor David Martosko, which includes several points that supposedly prove the Post interviewed the wrong woman. However, even if the claims prove what The Daily Caller thinks they prove, that doesn't necessarily mean the Post is "wrong" or that the women the Daily Caller interviewed weren't also paid to give false interviews.
For starters, Martosko suggests that the Post is confused, because the woman who gave the affidavit identified herself as 23-year-old Nexis de los Santos Santana, but the women they interviewed were 24 and both had different names. Because a woman who is being paid to lie about having sex with a United States Senator would definitely not lie about her name and age while doing so? (The Daily Caller story does not claim the women proved their identities to them.)