Skip to comments.The Obama and Christie Scandals
Posted on 01/14/2014 7:30:59 AM PST by Servant of the Cross
The GOP was accused of overreaching on the IRS; the Left wont drop the traffic scandal.
Some observers were quick to compare New Jersey governor Chris Christies Bridgegate scandal to the inappropriate targeting of conservative activist group by the Obama administrations Internal Revenue Service. Both involve the abuse of power to punish political opponents, and stunned, angry, saddened executives who blamed their underlings. However, the medias reactions to the two scandals have been quite different.
The New York Times, for example, ran a Room for Debate forum asking contributors to debate whether or not Christie should resign as a result of the bridge scandal. Despite his contrite apology on Thursday, and his dismissal of a top aide, do Governor Christies actions, or inactions, justify an end to his political career? the paper wondered.
The Times coverage in the wake of the IRS-targeting revelations was a bit more nuanced. I.R.S. Focus on Conservatives Gives G.O.P. an Issue to Seize On, read the papers A1 headline on May 13, 2013, just days after the scandal broke. Other outlets seized on similar storylines. IRS scandal: GOP looks to seize election opportunity, wrote CBS News. USA Today ran with: GOP seizes on IRS scandal to press agenda.
On May 15, New Yorks Frank Rich called the IRS targeting a White House mishap. Republican seizers-on were the Boys Who Cried Wolf. The GOP overreach angle caught on quickly. Will Republicans Screw Up Again? Some Are Already Overreaching, pondered Roll Calls Stu Rothenberg on May 20. The IRS is a good political issue for Republicans. But are they in danger of overreaching on it? asked the Washington Post.
The Christie scandal landed on the cover of The New Yorker. The magazines cover story following the IRS revelations was about urban cyclists. Obviously, The New Yorker has a local purview that makes the Christie story more relevant than a Washington-based scandal, but that didnt stop the magazine from running a Halloween-themed cover on the government shutdown depicting John Boehner and Ted Cruz as ghosts haunting the Capitol.
Some in the media have been rather incredulous about Christies denying involvement, or have set an exceptionally high bar for the governor to clear his name. Meet the Press host David Gregory wonders: Isnt the burden for [Christie] to prove he didnt create an atmosphere where underlings thought this was okay? Such questions certainly werent being asked (outside the conservative media) about President Obama in the wake of the IRS revelations, even though Obamas claims to have had no knowledge of the targeting allegations under investigation seemed equally suspect, and he has publicly castigated spending from outside political groups and condemned a key Supreme Court decision that made it easier.
Liberals have criticized Fox News for apparently being uninterested in the Christie scandal probably a fair point, if a bit hypocritical given the way that MSNBC covered the phony IRS scandal. The network that recently fired one of its hosts for suggesting someone defecate in Sarah Palins mouth cut away from one of the first congressional hearings on IRS targeting so that host Chris Jansing could ask a Democratic lawmaker if he thought Republicans were more interested in going after the White House than they are in getting to the bottom of this.
As far as Christie is concerned, left-wing pundits such as Joan Walsh have moved on from pronouncing the death of his presidential aspirations to wondering, à la the New York Times, if hes also finished as governor. Walsh could turn out to be right, but in the meantime, keep an eye out for any Democrats Seize on Bridge Scandal headlines and laments of partisan overreach. So far, theyre as scarce as quick trips across the George Washington Bridge.
This is a warm up for a Palin, Cruz, etc. attack. Even if these conservative leaders don't give them a real scandal like Christie put in their laps, this evil consortium will make something up. And at the same time summarily dismiss the very real scandals of their fellow Comrades ...
Therefore, even though it's Christie, we must shout loudly and point out the hypocrisy and media double-standard on this blatantly obvious duplicity ....
If its a scandal involving Republicans, the story is the scandal. If its a scandal involving Democrats, the story or at least a significant part of it is whether and how Republicans will politicize the scandal for their advantage.
Because anyone who will insist that people who do the things these two do not be permanently removed from public office with themselves engage in the same behaviors.
Absolutely nothing justifies what he did and said, and his position remains indefensible.
Had Bambi done the same thing with the bridges, it would get a mention on page 17 of the Friday afternoon edition of the NYT.
He looked sick at the Press Conference.His coloring in his face is off.
A “breaking scandal” may take up 10 minutes and/or 10 column inches to describe. Now one knows 98% of the scandal’s FACTS.
However, the reaction in the varied media will rely solely on the single letter following the name of the accused.
Never mind the facts, is that letter a “D” or an “R”.
Thus is the coverage slanted.
Refer to my tagline. How I loathe the accuracy of it.
When the news media hounds are baying it signifies that a partisan issue is afoot. Nothing more.
The British hated him
The Americans hated him
I guess we found out the press can investigate a scandal at the least .
Looks like most of the public doesn't care about a local highway lane story even though the MSM tried to elevate it to the same importance as Benghazi, IRS, etc.