Back in January the Bridgegate™ scandal broke and the media devoted hours and hours to the coverage to the exclusion of all else. The coverage was so excessive that Vladimir Putin could have taken Crimea, Ukraine and the Baltic states and it might have rated a line at the bottom of page A-16 or 30 seconds at the bottom of a newscast.
So yesterday when Randy Mastro’s press conference began to announce the result of his investigation every news network turned to it cutting away from the President in Europe
In connection with allegations related to the George Washington bridge realignment we found that Governor Christie had no knowledge aforehand of this George Washington bridge realignment idea and he played no role whatsoever in that decision or the implementation of it. We further found no evidence that anyone in the governor’s office asides Bridget Kelly knew of this idea in advance or played any role in the decision or the implementation of it.
It wasn’t long after the words came out of his mouth that MSNBC cut away and had a commentator dismissing these results and dismissed Randy Mastro as a hired gun for Gov Christie and not independent. As I noted at the time:
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) March 27, 2014
CNN carried the press conference a little longer but then continued along those same lines. This was a legal team hired by Christie and should be taken with a grain of salt.
The next day Morning Joe spent practically the entire show dismissing the findings of but suggesting Christie would have been better off not having the press conference.
This has become the MSM media meme:
Huffington Post: Chris Christie’s Lawyer To Issue Traffic Scandal Report
UPDATE: The New York Times:
Ironically at TPM you can find another headline that is getting a lot less press: Oversight Dems To Issa: Drop The Charade And Let’s Do Some Real Work.
Because we all know the internal investigation of Benghazi was beyond reproach.
It’s seems strange to me that TPM and the rest of the media seem to have variable standards when it comes to internal investigations. Let’s take the IRS…
The head of the Internal Revenue Service told House Republicans on Wednesday that it would take years to provide all the documents they have subpoenaed in their probe of how the agency handled tea party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status.
The comments by IRS chief John Koskinen drew a frosty response from Republicans who run the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, one of several congressional panels investigating the controversy. The panel’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., warned him he should comply with the request “or potentially be held in contempt” of Congress, a sometimes threatened but seldom-used authority.
…they didn’t find this story particularly newsworthy. It didn’t generate a whole lot of talk on Morning Joe either, in fact I don’t recall any, but why would it? After all the internal investigation headed by an Obama donor leaked it was unlikely there would be any criminal charges filed and the president himself said there was no corruption involved. Where’s the story there?
If I was a member of the GOP I would go on every morning & afternoon show that I’m invited and when questioned about this report and investigation say something like:
Well I think it’s very fair to question the credibility of an investigation commissioned by those who are being investigated like the IRS scandal for example when a political donor to the president leaked that there was unlikely to bring criminal charges even though we have people repeatedly taking the fifth in that investigation, or in the Benghazi investigation where the political allies of the White House are insisting congressional investigations be dropped
When they bring up Christie interview with Dianne Sawyer they should compare it to the President’s statement to Bill O’Reilly that there was “not even a SMIDGEN of corruption.” No matter what direction the question comes, some variation of these answer should be the response.
This is a gift to the GOP if they are smart enough to use it.
Closing Thought: What would the reaction of the MSM be if Chris Christie had “joked” about using lane closures to punish mayors who didn’t support him in 2010?
Oddly, however, the hacks rounded up over the last few days, well, let’s put it this way. They voted for Obama 100 percent. They think Obamacare’s great. How could they possibly be guilty as charged?
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