The New York Times provoked mockery from conservatives on social media after the paper published a lengthy story on Sen. Bob Menendez's (D-N.J.) corruption trial without providing his party affiliation on Tuesday.
“For the first time in 36 years, a sitting United States Senator is facing a federal bribery trial,” read a Tuesday NYT tweet promoting the story.
But the original 1,288-word story didn't mention that Menendez is a Democrat at any point throughout the piece.
In 1300-word story, NYT Fails To Mention Federal Criminal Defendant Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezFive ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan Spending bill faces Senate scramble Republicans raise concerns over Biden's nominee for ambassador to Germany MORE Is A Democrat. https://t.co/SkpUr5lEh1— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 5, 2017
The New York Times wrote a 1,288 word article that never once informs the reader that the Senator facing a bribery trial is a Democrat. https://t.co/qJ742kB4en— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) September 5, 2017
New York Times reporter Nick Corasaniti, who wrote the story, said that the omission was "an oversight."
Thanks Evan. Not odd, just an oversight on my part after drafts. Adding back now.— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) September 5, 2017
Menendez is charged with accepting expensive gifts, campaign donations and paid vacations from his Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, his co-defendant in the case, in exchange for Menendez using his influence as a senator to help Melgen on a personal and financial level.
Menendez and Melgen have pleaded not guilty to all charges.