March 19, 2013
Sen. Robert Menendez Sen. Robert Menendez (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

Some love it; some despise it. But the lack of reverence that some conservative journos have for authority figures in and around Washington is unmistakable. Last June, for instance, Neil Munro of the Daily Caller interrupted President Obama during a Rose Garden address. Beltwayers were hunting for an apology over this dis to official mores. They didn’t get it. Daily Caller boss Tucker Carlson maintained, “A reporter’s job is to ask questions and get answers. Our job is to find out what the federal government is up to. Politicians often don’t want to tell us. A good reporter gets the story. We’re proud of Neil Munro.”

Now for more irreverence. On Nov. 1, Matthew Boyle, then a Daily Caller reporter, wrote a story alleging that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) had paid Dominican women for sex. The intervening months have done nothing to corroborate that account and quite a bit to undermine it. The Daily Caller remains on something of an island in standing by its story.

So what! Matthew Boyle authored the story and has since moved on to Breitbart.com. Last month, he requested a sit-down with Menendez. While most journos may have approached the request with utter formality and excessive deference, Boyle deploys bravado.

Have a look at the e-mail he passed along to the Menendez people:

From: Matthew Boyle [e-mail address deleted]
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:01 PM
To: Enright, Tricia (Menendez)
Subject: I’m not nameless or faceless – I’m on the record about Menendez

Will he sit down and do an interview with me? When he’s available? I can do whenever works for him. Name the time and place – and I’ll be there. If Senator Menendez has nothing to hide and is completely not guilty, he’ll do the interview right? I’ve been asking you for that interview since the night I broke the story. Remember, Patricia?

One hour on camera with the reporter who broke the story. Does he have anything to hide?


Thanks,
Matthew Boyle
Investigative Journalist, Breitbart News
[ID information deleted]

Not bad, with one important consideration. The fact that you “broke” a story about a senator’s alleged romp with prostitutes probably doesn’t count as a selling point for an interview.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.
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