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The Obama and Christie Scandals
National Review ^ | 1/10/2014 | Andrew Stiles

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 won’t drop the traffic scandal.

Some observers were quick to compare New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal to the inappropriate targeting of conservative activist group by the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service. Both involve the abuse of power to punish political opponents, and stunned, angry, saddened executives who blamed their underlings. However, the media’s 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 Christie’s 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 paper’s 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 York’s 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 Call’s 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 magazine’s 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 didn’t 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 Christie’s denying involvement, or have set an exceptionally high bar for the governor to clear his name. Meet the Press host David Gregory wonders: “Isn’t the burden for [Christie] to prove he didn’t create an atmosphere where underlings thought this was okay?” Such questions certainly weren’t being asked (outside the conservative media) about President Obama in the wake of the IRS revelations, even though Obama’s 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 Palin’s 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 he’s 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, they’re as scarce as quick trips across the George Washington Bridge.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 0bama; christie; malpractice; media
It's Christie, so there is some schadenfreude with this story. However, the Government-Media Complex of the Left is front and center in this. And it's powerful. Yes, we know of the media double-standard between conservatism and liberalism. It's been going on for decades. But this takes it to unacceptable levels that will determine future election results.

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 it’s a scandal involving Republicans, the story is the scandal. If it’s 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.

1 posted on 01/14/2014 7:30:59 AM PST by Servant of the Cross
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To: Servant of the Cross
Both scandals are useful in that they reveal to us people in our everyday lives who lack even a semblance of integrity and should be carefully guarded against.

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.

2 posted on 01/14/2014 7:45:33 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Christy's conduct on this and his apology are unconscionable.

Absolutely nothing justifies what he did and said, and his position remains indefensible.


He's dead

3 posted on 01/14/2014 7:46:13 AM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: SMARTY; Servant of the Cross
I don't like Christie but the point is an important one: Bambi has had far worse things he has done, far, far, far worse, and his unconscionable conduct is never mentioned in the press.

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.

4 posted on 01/14/2014 7:49:57 AM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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He looked sick at the Press Conference.His coloring in his face is off.

5 posted on 01/14/2014 7:50:00 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: FReepers
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6 posted on 01/14/2014 7:51:15 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: MrEdd

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.

7 posted on 01/14/2014 7:56:55 AM PST by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
The GOP was accused of overreaching on the IRS; the Left won’t drop the traffic scandal.

When the news media hounds are baying it signifies that a partisan issue is afoot. Nothing more.

8 posted on 01/14/2014 8:20:02 AM PST by oldbrowser (discriminating against a culture is not racism.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
The Media MUST make Christie look worse than Obama. That is the only way Obama comes out smelling like a rose, by making the other guy else smell like crap.
9 posted on 01/14/2014 8:35:00 AM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: oldbrowser
Hey it happened to Bennett Arnold

The British hated him

The Americans hated him

I guess we found out the press can investigate a scandal at the least .

10 posted on 01/14/2014 8:35:24 AM PST by scooby321
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The problem the Dem politicians never die. Only or side dies. In the long run they win you lose.
11 posted on 01/14/2014 9:55:20 AM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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Christie's not dead. His approval rating hardly budged.

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.

12 posted on 01/14/2014 10:23:50 AM PST by what's up
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