Skip to comments.Update: Now 44 Times More TV Coverage of Christie's Traffic Scandal Than in Last Six Months on IRS
Posted on 01/10/2014 2:19:39 PM PST by Zakeet
In less than 48 hours, ABC, CBS and NBC deluged viewers with coverage of Chris Christie's traffic jam scandal, devoting a staggering 88 minutes to the story. In comparison, these same news outlets over the last six months have allowed a scant two minutes for the latest on Barack Obama's Internal Revenue Service scandal. The disparity in less than two days is 44-to-one. [See a chart below.]
From Wednesday through Friday morning, the latest on Christie's Traffic-Gate led 11 out of 13 news programs. NBC produced the heaviest coverage, over 34 minutes. CBS followed close behind with more than 30 minutes. ABC came in third with just under 23 minutes.
Over the last six months, NBC featured a meager five seconds on IRS targeting of Tea Party organizations. CBS allowed a minute and 41 seconds. ABC managed a mere 22 seconds.
The scandal exploded onto the media radar, Wednesday, when it was revealed that lane closures on the George Washington bridge last fall were as a because of political payback from the Christie administration. The resulting traffic jam caused a massive back-up.
NBC's Today on Friday opened with a graphic that announced "the crisis grows." Correspondent Kelly O'Donnell underscored, "The crisis feeds into critics' perceptions that Christie fosters hardball tactics."
On ABC's Good Morning America, Jim Avila ramped up the danger level, announcing "it was Governor Chris Christie's worst day in politics ever." He labeled Thursday's press conference a "political walk of shame" for the Republican.
On CBS This Morning, journalist Elaine Quijano saw it as "the biggest test yet of Christie's political career."
That may well be true, but a major scandal involving political targeting by Obama's IRS resulted in near media silence and a complete lack of hyperbolic, shocked language by reporters.
It wasn't as though there were a lack of potential IRS stories to follow-up on. In December, House investigator Darrell Issa announced that the FBI and IRS chief counsel is stonewalling the investigation.
In October, newly obtained e-mails showed that the scandal-plagued Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the controversy, illegally gave Tea Party tax info to the FEC. Lerner retired from the IRS In September, but the networks skipped that. (For more, see a report by the Media Research Center.)
The accusations and revelations about the Christie administration's orchestrating and handling of a man-made traffic jam certainly warrant media attention. However, the same journalists who have jumped all over a scandal involving a potential Republican candidate in 2016 don't seem interested in the IRS scandal involving the current Democratic president.
(For the totals of the the Christie scandal as of Thursday morning, go here.)
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Not us Democrats!
No! Christie's the donkey!
Christie is arm-in-arm with Obama & mainstream media. Maybe he’ll fill in for Joe as VP in the Democrat party.
bi = goes both ways
assed = well... never-mind
I swear before God Himself... the media is FIRST.
All he has to do is switch parties and it’ll go away in a nanosecond.
Obama’s officially thrown Chrissy Christie under the bus.
And this is surprising to whom?
I don’t have any love for Chunky C but this is ridiculous.
The punditards had no interest in fast and furious, Benghazi, the targeting of political enemies by the IRS, sending 30,000 troops into Afghanistan when he apparently didn’t believe there would be any success.
These same punditards have the audacity to suggest that Christie could be charged with murder.
Christie is a bigger target. Batta-bing.
Christie is a RINO business as usual politician and its looks like the GOPe political machine is working overtime to create the notion that he is some sort of victim.
The machine is also using media including postings on this website to cover for Christie’s actions and get grassroots conservatives behind him.
I’m not being hustled. Chris Christie was wrong period, end of sentence.
It’s called Selective Electronic Lynching.
Someone posted it on Facebook.
The MSM is the greatest threat to the Country.
Or Leftist-controlled media.
Say what you want about Republicans, but one of the benifits of having them in office is that they turn the media from a State propaganda machine back into something resembling the legitimate watchdogs they are supposed to be.
You are MAGNANIMOUS! lol. freepers... they are the best (even in disagreement). Eagles Up! freepersup!
Now that’s funny (ready for it) I don’t care who you are.
BTTT for cool ;-)
Eagles Up, always!
You want me to take Christie out to a field and club him like a baby seal? No problem. (just kidding Mr. law enforcement types listening in). I’m more of a concrete shoes kind of guy- hey it’s Jersey for crying out loud.
I have NOT been defending Christie by stating the obvious- and this thread/topic makes my point, AND my blood boil. The piling on is magnitudes beyond the punishment due this “crime”. Freepers are supposed to be seekers of the facts right? As much as donut boy is a turd in the punch bowl, a set up and public lynching needs to be called what it is. What brings you to this thread anyway, since this thread supports my contention of a hysterical, ferocious, blinded, out of control press that’s been piling on Christie doing the bidding of the left, and I took flak for pointing that out, and, as if it made me some kind of Christie supporter? That WAS a question (I think) wasn’t it? Pile on!
Typical Lib: The IRS targeting of Tea Party groups never happened. And besides, the Tea Party deserved it.
The Christie story had an ‘EASY’ button. Did not require the media to perform any investigation and the circumstances had more ‘reality show’ appeal to the commuting public; who hate congested traffic complications and the people who cause them.
The media is running scared - won’t touch any scandal that could cause trouble for BO or themselves. They don’t have an ‘INTEGRITY’ button.
The corrupt MSM need to be the first ones visited when it hits the fan.
It’s started. From now until the 2016 presidential primary, any Republican who might win will be taken down, leaving only a Dem-lite wimp like McCain or Romney to win the primary, conduct a lackluster campaign, and lose like a gentleman to the Dem candidate.
About the headline: Is ANYONE surprised?
Better they take him down now, than after he gets the nomination.
Well Christie isn't Dem-lite.....he's Full-Blown Dem.
"You've lost that loving feeling....."
He ain’t a Dem-Svelte, I’ll give you that!
On abc radio the repeater sounded soo excited talking about this fake scandal. Didn’t hear the same excitement over real Obama scandals.
That bus must of been souped-up with high suspension to fit the Fat Boy underneath it!
US Attorney in New Jersey Seeks FBI’s Help in Bridge-Gate Probe
Thursday, January 9, 2014 11:01 AM
By: Newsmax Wires
The U.S. attorney in New Jersey is opening an inquiry into claims that public officials orchestrated the massive traffic snarl on the busy George Washington Bridge to settle a political score and has asked the FBI to help.
The probe announcement came Thursday as Gov. Chris Christie, a possible Republican White House contender, spent the day addressing the brewing scandal over his staff’s role in orchestrating the traffic jam after a local mayor declined to endorse Christie’s re-election bid.
AG Eric Holder Is Investigating Lane Closures On The Washington Bridge But Not IRS Harassment
I was around for RIchard NixOn and felt angry when the liberal media beat up on him.
But Nixon was also beating up on his enemies.
His “hatchet man” White House counsel Charles Colson wrote many letters of apology when he went to prison in connection with Watergate.
One was to a fundamentalist radio preacher whose crime against Nixon was leading mass protests for a military victory in the Vietnam War and against Nixon and Kissinger’s policy of cutting a “peace” agreement.
The ex-Air Force Chief of Staff, General Curtis Lemay, ran as George Wallace’s third party running mate in 1968, advocating using air power in the right places like Haiphong harbor instead of the limited attacks on the communists.
He thinks his auditing by the IRS during Nixon’s presidency was a warning to stay out of politics.
RINO’s go after their Democrat and liberal enemies because politics is a turf war, but in Nixon’s case strong arm tactics were unleashed on patriots and conservatives.
I suspect there’s more examples of this in Christie’s governorship.