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NBC's Todd: Christie's Media 'Free Ride' is Over, 'Welcome to the Vetting Process' for 2016
NewsBusters.org ^ | January 9, 2014 | Kyle Drennan

Posted on 01/10/2014 7:31:10 PM PST by Kaslin

On Thursday's NBC Today, political director Chuck Todd reveled in the wall-to-wall media coverage of the bridge closing controversy surrounding New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: "Welcome to the NFL....he has gotten a lot of benefit by being sort of this Republican rising star in the New York City media markets, so he gets a lot of access to media attention, access to national media. And so he's had a free ride, if you will. Well now, welcome to the vetting process." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Todd's comments were prompted by co-host Matt Lauer declaring: "[Christie] is a political star for the Republican Party. He's now the head of the Republican Governor's Association, a lot of power there, so Democrats are gonna work this story for a long time." Todd replied: "Absolutely....Now that he's essentially shown interest in being a presidential candidate, this is what life is like. This is what happens when the bright lights start burning."

NBC's Todd: Christie's Media 'Free Ride' is Over, 'Welcome to the Vetting Process' for 2016

Compare that attitude to the adulation the national press heaped on then-Senator Barack Obama when he was running for president in 2008. In a Media Research Center study that year entitled Obama's Margin of Victory: The Media, research director Rich Noyes found:

The networks downplayed or ignored major Obama gaffes and scandals. Obama's relationship with convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko was the subject of only two full reports (one each on ABC and NBC) and mentioned in just 15 other stories. CBS and NBC also initially downplayed controversial statements from Obama's longtime pastor Jeremiah Wright, but heavily praised Obama’s March 18 speech on race relations.

So when exactly did the "bright lights start burning" Obama?

Since the story broke on Wednesday, NBC has been hyping Christie's potential presidential run to justify its level of coverage. On Nightly News that evening, anchor Brian Williams proclaimed: "Chris Christie, a man a lot of Republicans regard as a consensus candidate for the party nomination in 2016."

In a report on Thursday's Today just prior to Todd's appearance, correspondent Stephanie Gosk explained: "This may feel like a local story of nasty state politics, but everything New Jersey Governor Chris Christie does plays out on a national stage. This morning, the 2016 GOP hopeful finds himself answering to more than just New Jersey voters."

At the top of the morning show's 9 a.m. ET hour, co-host Willie Geist announced: "This is a big story coming out of this New York area but could have potential national implications based on whether or not Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey decides to run for president."

Here is a full transcript of Todd's January 9 segment on Today:

7:05AM ET

MATT LAUER: Let's bring in Chuck Todd, NBC's political director and chief White House correspondent. Chuck, good morning to you.

CHUCK TODD: Good morning, Matt.

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Christie Bridge Controversy; Will Scandal Tarnish 2016 Appeal?]

LAUER: One major question surrounding this situation has now been answered in my opinion, this was, in fact, political retribution, two of those e-mails prove that. So the other huge question is, did Chris Christie know about it and did he order it? How will the answer to that question impact his political future?

TODD: Well, I have to say, Matt, either – there's no good answer now at this point. Because there's either one or two things that are going on, either Chris Christie knew and he's now lied in that statement or you take him at his word and he doesn't have control of his own chief deputies. That there is a culture in his office where doing something like this, political retribution, is acceptable behavior.

The point is, Matt, is that here this undermines sort of one of his great assets that a lot of Republicans and a lot of independent voters think could be something that he could bring to the presidency, which is this idea that he works across the aisle, that he doesn't get involved – that he doesn't get mired in this petty, polarized politics. And yet, this is sort of the worst of the worst of petty politics.

LAUER: So he has released a statement now, he hasn't sat down for an interview. What does he have to do to try to get his arms around or get control of this story?

TODD: Well, he's so far behaving very un-Christie like. The idea that he only released a statement. Chris Christie has never been afraid of a TV camera, as you and I both know. So the idea that he's essentially gone underground for the last 24 hours on this. After – you know, he's violating the basic rules of crisis management, right? He spoke earlier without knowing all the facts, without making sure he wasn't gonna say something that was gonna bite him back, which clearly that did happen. But at this point he's got to get out in front of this. He's got to own this and somebody's got to get fired. Obviously he says he doesn't know, this was unsanctioned behavior. How is it that this person hasn't been fired yet? We already have two resignations at the Port Authority.

LAUER: And Chuck, the story has a life of its own on one side, but you have to take the other dynamic in this as well. He is a political star for the Republican Party. He's now the head of the Republican Governor's Association, a lot of power there, so Democrats are gonna work this story for a long time.

TODD: Absolutely. This is, you know, welcome to the NFL. You know, this is – he has gotten a lot of benefit by being sort of this Republican rising star in the New York City media markets, so he gets a lot of access to media attention, access to national media. And so he's had a free ride, if you will. Well now, welcome to the vetting process. Now that he's essentially shown interest in being a presidential candidate, this is what life is like. This is what happens when the bright lights start burning. So I think that that's why he can't sit here and be quiet anymore. He's got to get out in front of this, and out in front of this in a hurry.

LAUER: Chuck Todd at the White House this morning. Chuck, as always, thanks very much.

TODD: You got it.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: brianwilliams; chrischristie; chucktodd; hypocrisy; jeremiahwright; mattlauer; memebuilding; newjersey; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; randsconcerntrolls; richnoyes; stephaniegosk; tonyrezko; tpinos; williegeist

1 posted on 01/10/2014 7:31:10 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Well, he's so far behaving very un-Christie like. The idea that he only released a statement. Chris Christie has never been afraid of a TV camera, as you and I both know. So the idea that he's essentially gone underground for the last 24 hours on this.

This news is pretty dated. He held an hour and a half press conference this morning.

And Chuck Todd remains an idiot.

2 posted on 01/10/2014 7:33:35 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Kaslin
Yeah, right. Vetting. When will they *vet* Hil!ary? Or, any other Dim, for that matter?

Vetting...what NEVER happened with 0.

3 posted on 01/10/2014 7:34:00 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jane Long
"vetting process": What mediots do to Republicans

"tongue bathing": What mediots do to Democrats

4 posted on 01/10/2014 7:38:06 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: Kaslin

When is the LSM free ride over?


5 posted on 01/10/2014 7:39:50 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: clintonh8r

If and when we win our winners should demand a recount. Announce it ahead of time.


6 posted on 01/10/2014 7:40:41 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Kaslin

The long knives are out for Christie.

A shame, he’s such a nice guy too.


7 posted on 01/10/2014 7:44:17 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Paladin2

“When is the LSM free ride over?”

when people don’t have money to put food on the table.


8 posted on 01/10/2014 7:44:52 PM PST by willywill
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To: Kaslin

I wonder how long the media embargoed this story?


9 posted on 01/10/2014 7:45:43 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: sickoflibs

THANK YOU DNC FOR DOING THE CONSERVATIVES JOB FOR THEM.

And they have no idea what they have just done.


10 posted on 01/10/2014 7:46:14 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
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To: Kaslin

Like they ever lifted a finger to vet their mocha messiah. They want to run Christie through the gauntlet, not to vet him.


11 posted on 01/10/2014 7:47:38 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

Obama’s MSM free ride will continue till his last breath and beyond.


12 posted on 01/10/2014 7:52:32 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Aren’t we supposed to be supporting him if the libs are ‘attacking’ him?

Doesn’t that define him as the t-word, the ‘threat’??

Then doesn’t that make him ‘the one’?

OK, Mika and David Axelrod are supporting him, but maybe he could get their votes, well Mika’s vote anyway.


13 posted on 01/10/2014 7:53:58 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Kaslin

Sssshhhh...they’re doing us a favor. If only they’d have done this to Milt in 2011.


14 posted on 01/10/2014 7:54:40 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: Kaslin

This is how the local NPR station vetted Obama in “10 Minutes with the Candidates”. Q: They say you don’t have any foreign policy experience but neither did President Bush in the beginning, right?


15 posted on 01/10/2014 7:58:41 PM PST by willk
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To: Kaslin

Call me nuts or “conspiracy theorist” but I smell a rat. Reverse psychology anyone? I despise Christy but I’m getting a bad feeling.


16 posted on 01/10/2014 8:01:18 PM PST by slouper
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To: Kaslin

It seems nothing’s as it seems anymore.


17 posted on 01/10/2014 8:02:49 PM PST by slouper
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To: Kaslin

Where the hell was obama’s “vetting process”. Answer me that!


18 posted on 01/10/2014 8:04:16 PM PST by DefeatCorruption
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To: Kaslin

Didn’t they get the memo?? They’re not supposed to start trashing him till AFTER he sews up the nomination!


19 posted on 01/10/2014 8:07:22 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: dennisw

“Like they ever lifted a finger to vet their mocha messiah.”
_____________________________________________
Now comrade, you know that no true Marxist needs vetting.
All Democrats are now part of the glorious revolution of the people. Christie is just one of our useful idiots. Soon we will achieve our goal of making the USA into the USSA.
Our departed brothers in the old Soviet Union and central Europe failed because of the evil Ronald Reagan. Comrade Obama has our back.


20 posted on 01/10/2014 8:11:00 PM PST by AlexW
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To: Kaslin
The press NEVER vetted Obama... and they desperately tried NOT to vet John Edwards ... but he was too big a fool to be helped. Kerry gets a free pass. Even a ‘credible rape charge’ didn't deter the press from vetting Clinton. So what's the big deal with this story?

We don't trust them... and they haven't disappointed in that area...

21 posted on 01/10/2014 8:11:19 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: Kaslin
There is only enough room on The NBC Free Ride Express for Barack Obama.


22 posted on 01/10/2014 8:15:05 PM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: dead

Still waiting for the vetting of the preezy. And Clinton will get a free pass on the vetting process, too.


23 posted on 01/10/2014 8:17:17 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: EQAndyBuzz

You bet!


24 posted on 01/10/2014 8:17:26 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Kaslin

LOL at the so-called “Vetting process” if the media did only 10 percent of this vetting on Obama he would NEVER have been elected..but after all, this is all about destroying Republicans so that their messiah Hillary “What difference does it make” Clinton can become President


25 posted on 01/10/2014 8:22:08 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My favorite FReep of the night, thank you!!
26 posted on 01/10/2014 8:25:03 PM PST by GizzyGirl
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To: Kaslin

Hey Chuck, at this point what difference does it make?

Sniveling little Ferret!


27 posted on 01/10/2014 8:33:58 PM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: Kaslin

Looks like the leghumping media is maybe pulling for jeb bush to get the nomination?


28 posted on 01/10/2014 8:38:55 PM PST by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: Kaslin

Next Chuckie will do a story on how he feels like Rip Van Winkle waking after an eight year slumber.


29 posted on 01/10/2014 8:46:27 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: Kaslin

The Mainstream Marxist Media continues to fight for their comrades.

Pray America is Waking


30 posted on 01/10/2014 8:49:09 PM PST by bray ("The Republic of Texas 2022" is coming in Feb)
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To: Kaslin

Christie wasn’t getting a”Free Ride”from The LAP-DOG OBONGO Media!He was”Selected”by them and now he is DESTROYED by them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


31 posted on 01/10/2014 8:51:00 PM PST by bandleader
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To: Kaslin

I really hate these people. HHC’s husband


32 posted on 01/10/2014 8:56:19 PM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: sickoflibs

The long knives are out for Christie.

He got that stomach bypass for nothing


33 posted on 01/10/2014 9:00:07 PM PST by jimmyo57
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To: jimmyo57
RE :”The long knives are out for Christie.
He got that stomach bypass for nothing”

Oh sure, make fun of the volume challenged. Well you opened the box now.

Looks like he needs a few more tummy tucks.

How did he shutdown the bridge?
try to walk across without his ‘wide load’ Tee shirt on?

Or did it just collapse?

34 posted on 01/10/2014 9:04:55 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Kaslin

Too bad they never “vetted” Hussein.


35 posted on 01/10/2014 9:07:01 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Kaslin

On the one hand, I don’t mind that the communist media/entertainment propaganda complex is gutting Christie like a whale on Japanese factory ship. He’s not the guy I want as the Republican candidate.

On the other hand, I wonder who they will “select” for us, like they did McLame and Romney. That guy must be worse, and unelectable.

And we are seeing the treatment that poor schlub will get once he’s nominated.

The GOP doesn’t realize that they are playing the part of the Washington Generals in this scripted political theater.


36 posted on 01/10/2014 10:02:10 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Paleo Conservative; Kaslin
I wonder how long the media embargoed this story?

Four months.

This story is simply the SCUM's (State Controlled Urban Media's) excuse not to report on:


37 posted on 01/10/2014 11:39:20 PM PST by ShorelineMike (Constituo, ergo sum.)
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To: Kaslin

I am enjoying this...Christie sucked up to the leftwing media and leftwing politicians and they are beating him like a battered spouse.


38 posted on 01/11/2014 1:33:30 AM PST by RginTN
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To: Kaslin

I don’t like Christie, but I completely am in agreement this is, just an example of our media double-standard.

For crying out loud.

Give the guy a break.


39 posted on 01/11/2014 1:36:08 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Kaslin

NEWSFLASH - PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING AND EVEN DYING FROM THE DEMOCRAT'S OBAMACARE DISASTER!

Christie who?

40 posted on 01/11/2014 4:17:25 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Kaslin
LAUER: And Chuck, the story has a life of its own on one side, but you have to take the other dynamic in this as well. He is a political star for the Republican Party. He's now the head of the Republican Governor's Association, a lot of power there, SO DEMOCRATS ARE GONNA WORK THIS STORY FOR A LONG TIME. (Media ACTIVISTS from the alphabet networks are working this story, not journalists!)

The Media Complex has a two-fer. They continue to work the destruction of the Republican Brand every chance they get. They knock Christy-Kreme down a notch. After this blows over in a couple weeks the media activists will present puff stories for their darling Hillary who is in waiting for her coronation crown in 2017.

41 posted on 01/11/2014 4:22:31 AM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals crazy!)
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To: missnry

The real question is whether I care about Christy or not. I’d pretty much rejected him as a conservative with his pro-gay and anti-gun policies. That was way back at the beginning of the last primary season when his name was floated a couple of times. Christy is an establishment, east coast, liberal republican.

Christy is quasi pro-life; I think he subscribes to the standard “rape, incest, life of mother (rilom)” exceptions. (I might understand “violent rape” and “immediate danger threatening the death of the mother”, but in rilom pro-life, rape is a squishy term, 30 year old cousins getting incestuously pregnant doesn’t strike me as a crisis, and “life” of mother is way too squishy.) I personally don’t believe in any abortion, but believe instead in adoption. (I have no problem with honest treatment to save the life of mother or child that might result in serious danger to either, for example, cancer treatment or surgery after a car wreck.)

So, there is little redeeming about Christy. He has admitted his staff did some retribution that blew up on them, and he has apologized for that happening under his watch. I’m ok with that.

If, however, this ends his hopes of the presidency, I’ll shed no tears. I would have opposed him anyway.


42 posted on 01/11/2014 4:42:12 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: All
So can Chuck give us the time-frame for when the vetting process will start for Kid Kenya?

{crickets chirping...even in winter...}

43 posted on 01/11/2014 7:24:37 AM PST by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: Kaslin

No problem, mediots. Now give Hillary the same scrutiny.


44 posted on 01/11/2014 9:36:59 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: DefeatCorruption
Where the hell was obama’s “vetting process”. Answer me that!

Vetting Obama would have been a racist act, everyone knows that!

45 posted on 01/11/2014 9:39:39 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
THANK YOU DNC FOR DOING THE CONSERVATIVES JOB FOR THEM. And they have no idea what they have just done.

That is what I've been thinking since the story broke.

46 posted on 01/11/2014 1:11:42 PM PST by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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To: JimRed

Where the hell was obama’s “vetting process”. Answer me that!
Vetting Obama would have been a racist act, everyone knows that!


OOPS...my bad.
Just realized that any rational question about obama now requires an apology...and in my world that would be when hell freezes over...or until he sics the IRS and the NSA on me. lol


47 posted on 01/11/2014 6:29:55 PM PST by DefeatCorruption
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