How the media size up scandals

In comparing Christie and Obama, there seems to be two sets of rules

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The embarrassing scandal centered on New Jersey Gov. and presidential contender Chris Christie alleges that he pulled strings to snarl traffic on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge to exact political revenge on the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J.

For now let’s set aside the possible extent of Christie’s guilt or innocence. Let wonky talking heads and America’s justice system chew on that bone.

Let’s look at how the overwhelmingly liberal media are focusing laser-like intensity on Christie, a Republican.

With each passing moment of breathless coverage of the unfolding events out of New Jersey, one wonders: Why wasn’t comparable coverage and attendant media outrage heaped on another chief executive who appeared to have used the strength of his high office to score political points?

You needn’t look far to realize that the other chief executive is President Obama. And it takes about two seconds of thought to rattle off ways that governmental muscle has been flexed to work in his favor.

Obama’s IRS bureaucratically harassed conservative nonprofit groups ahead of the 2012 election to suppress Tea Party activism. The Obama administration tried to push Fox News out of covering news events.

But perhaps the most blatant example is the 2013 government shutdown that saw Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon closed to tourists, but the president’s military golf course remained open and his private chefs stayed on the job. Additional staff had to be dispatched to shoo people away from Washington’s National Mall and the open-air World War II Memorial. It seemed to take more government resources to keep venues closed than to simply keep them open.

Washington Times Editor Emeritus Wesley Pruden quoted a National Park Service ranger at the outset of the selective closures: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

But the media’s narrative then was not how Obama and his minions engineered the discomfort of an entire nation. They instead chose to focus their funhouse mirrors on those mean old conservatives whose demand for fiscal sanity somehow compelled the White House to reluctantly act this way. Hogwash.

And when Obama is confronted directly with the shortcomings of his administration, too often he can’t be troubled to personally take any blame. Other officials who should be blamed – Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over the disastrous Obamacare rollout – inexplicably keep their jobs.

Now compare that behavior to Christie’s. Christie knows he can’t control the media’s standards, but he can control his own. He spent nearly two hours at a press conference Thursday answering questions and apologizing to his constituents for the days of traffic pile-ups.

Also, he fired his deputy chief of staff and removed one of his closest advisors from his political organization. We also would suggest that Christie underscore his claim that he has nothing to hide by allowing access to any and all correspondence that could shed full light on how this affair unfolded.

That’s how you lead, and Obama should have been taking notes.

With Republican scandal, it’s a media feeding frenzy. With Democratic scandal, the media shrug and ask, “What difference does it make?” Sheer hypocrisy.

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deestafford
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deestafford 01/11/14 - 12:10 am
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I heard today that the "big three" of ABC, NBC, and CBS...

I heard today that the "big three" of ABC, NBC, and CBS in one day spent 17 times more air time on the Chris Christie situation than they did on the IRS scandal in over 6 months.

In addition the feds are going to jump in and investigate and many in academia law schools say Christie should face charges. Trying to overcome that type of bias is a tall order especially when one is dealing with low information and no information voters.

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myfather15 01/11/14 - 01:01 pm
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My OPINION on this!!

Was Christie involved? I don't know but it wouldn't surprise me in the least bit!! I just can't believe his staff would do something so outrageous without approval from him. I've stated many times, I don't like politicians on either side and wouldn't put it past ANY of them. This act seems very personal, and why would it be personal for Christie's staff? They mayor didn't support HIM; it had nothing to do with the staff. Then there is the little "slip of the tongue" where he said he hadn't been able to sleep for TWO DAYS, when he had only heard about this the day before.

Then, there is something else to consider about the timing of this!! Robert Gates just came out with serious allegations about Obama and his administration. People were talking about this.......until Christie's scandal came out!!! Now, ALL the talk is about Christie!! Diversion???? Will they eventually get back to talking about Gate's accusations?

myfather15
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myfather15 01/11/14 - 07:06 am
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Of course we have the

Of course we have the righteous hypocrisy of the left!! Claiming this is a major scandal, when ALL of Obama's were nothing but right wing hyperbole!! For the life of me, I just don't see how average Americans can't see the left for who they are.......liars!!! Probably because the average American doesn't pay much attention!! They get their news from the National News broadcasts or The Daily Show. They are blissfully ignorant!! And this is why they DO get away with their extreme hypocrisy and lies!!!

Debbie Wasserman-Shultz said the difference in Obama's "scandals" and Christies' is that Obama's were about him not know about policies; but Christies' scandal is criminal.

So the President is excused because he didn't know his own administrations policy? He is not supposed to know policy? Is he not the CEO of the United States? Shouldn't he make it his business to know? It's not a scandal, because he didn't know? Then shouldn't those who DID know, be fired immediately? Who has he fired? Has anyone been held accountable for these policy mistakes? Was Benghazi a policy mistake?

I'm not a fan of any political party, but my dislike of the left grows more and more each passing day, caused by their own lies!!

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Rhetor 01/11/14 - 07:42 am
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hmm

The difference is that, with Christie, unlike Obama, there is actual evidence of misconduct by his staff, as opposed to rumors, baseless accusations, and random suspicions.

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 01/11/14 - 07:46 am
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Hilarious, even after all he
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Hilarious, even after all he did, voters re-elect Sanford. No scandal there....
You voted for Newt, two time philanderer....no outrage from the AC.
John McCain, philanderer who protected his wife from real consequences after her drug scandal involving a charity, nominated for President...where was the AC editorial outrage about his lack of morals and obvious involvement in helping her avoid prison for drugs , forged prescriptions, etc ? The only outrage conservatives show is against Democrats. Republicans should be forgiven, yet Clinton is still castigated for a marital indiscretion, despite leaving this country with a budget surplus that G.W. Bush went through like a drug addict who just got an inheritance. You idolize Reagan, who raised taxes 11 times, and was involved in selling weapons to Iran and giving money to the Contras, a terrorist group. Conservatives forward laws attempting to ban Sharia law, which could never take hold here, yet they try to legislate their morality and religion. The Augusta Chronicle and many posters in these forums are the epitome of hypocrits.

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Riverman1 01/11/14 - 07:56 am
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Of Course

Of course it's a double standard. The polls are showing Christie can beat Hillary and the libs hate that. But Christie completely turned things around with his news conference. He talked and talked, showcasing his personality that most like. He showed leadership. I suspect he is stronger after this episode because of the plentiful national exposure. He made the best of a bad situation. What other governor would be scrutinized about road closures?

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carcraft 01/11/14 - 08:10 am
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Well speaking of low I

Well speaking of low I formation voters. Over THREE HUNDRED DEAD, lies told to the House panel investigating Fast and Furious. Finally when it looks like the ax will fall and answers will be found about who is responsible Obama declares executive privilege and the press drops it. Last I checked lying under oath is a crime. Using the IRS to supress political activity is a crime. Lois Learner has testified under oath that it happened.So who has been held responsible? ..

M vvm. Mcmahon m
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GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 01/11/14 - 08:11 am
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You mean until the 2000
Unpublished

You mean until the 2000 documents being studied show that he was involved in a Federal crime? That's what the head of the NY ports Authority is calling the lane closures. Christie is a political bully, who takes revenge on Republicans and Democrats alike. People on both sides of the aisle are noticing this, so it's not just a liberal issue. Of course, the AC editorial staff and the conservative posters here don't say a word about that.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/11/14 - 08:15 am
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Susan Rice?

Susan Rice was given orders from the administration to LIE about Benghazi. The only place the NY Times would comment BEFORE the election was on page 9 to back her. They STILL come up with BS about what happened. Where are the investigative reporters?

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 01/11/14 - 08:16 am
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Carcraft
Unpublished

Is that like lying to the UN and the entire nation about WMDS? Or maybe declaring the War in Iraq a victory? Ole Dub used Executive privilege 6 times, where was your outrage? Never happened. Reagan used it trying to avoid consequences of the Iran/Contra affair, are you outraged about that? Hypocrites, one and all.

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 01/11/14 - 08:18 am
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So you have proof that Rice
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So you have proof that Rice was ordered to lie? Please elaborate.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 01/11/14 - 08:19 am
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rose colored glasses for O

O'pose tinted glasses for Christie?
deviation from perfection causes the media to attack one
deviation from total failure causes the media to praise another
oh, C'head, the failures you mention are personal failures
in a politician's personal life...
but some you mentioned are absolute lies only useful O's have tendencies to believe
oh, wait, no, you were right about one... Clinton and the cigar and the Oval O(ri)ffice
and don't forget Kennedy and his little 19 year old concubine
and Kennedy and the mobster chick
and Clinton dragging $50 bills through trailer parks
Reagan's scandal was the most beneficial in history
(who benefited? not Reagan... freedom benefitted)
Clinton had a Republican congress, Bush had a democrat congress
you should have learned how spending originates in 8th grade civics class
your comments repeated lies and falsehoods and deceptions
and lies and falsehoods and deceptions are, did the copy... waiting for the paste
"the epitome of hypocrits" (sp)
"...the longer an empire is in existence, the more time the successfully sinister have to find ways to subvert the system and insert themselves into positions of power."

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 01/11/14 - 08:23 am
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I love it....selling weapons
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I love it....selling weapons to the country that took over our embassy and held diplomatic staff for over 400 days(illegal) and giving the money to a TERRORIST GROUP (VERY illegal)was a victory for freedom. OMG, have you lost your mind?

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Riverman1 01/11/14 - 08:30 am
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Susan Rice was given orders

Susan Rice was given orders by the administration to go on 5 news shows to give the line that we all know was a lie. Hillary, who should have done it, took off for Australia. No one believed the video caused a spontaneous riot that simply got out of hand. Lies.

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OJP 01/11/14 - 08:30 am
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If New Jersey Dems were in any way responsible,

as the GOP was for the government shutdown, you might have a point. But they weren't.

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TrukinRanger 01/11/14 - 08:42 am
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How the media sizes up
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How the media sizes up scandals? Do you mean how the "real" media sizes up "scandals". Benghazi? -no scandal there, just rhetoric from FOX & it's blind followers, IRS- No Scandal there- non profits, especially politically motivated ones SHOULD be investigated (and extended to religious entities too), fast & furious? stupid attempt to try and do good even if it failed.... Purposely closing 3 lanes of one of the busiest bridges in the country for no reason except political retaliation? UMMMM - yeah- there's a scandal. The teapublicans need to quit INVENTING scandals and purposely obstructing progress (remember the government shutdown caused by the republicanTs???)

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Riverman1 01/11/14 - 08:44 am
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Republicans offered many

Republicans offered many bills to keep necessary things such as the monuments opened, but the Democrats turned them all down. They were alone responsible for the monuments being closed.

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seenitB4 01/11/14 - 09:05 am
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Christie must be a big worry to the Dems

Looking for dirt this early in the game....whoa....the big boy must be a challenge they want to dump asap...

and didn't they make life difficult for many....I remember this...

Washington Times Editor Emeritus Wesley Pruden quoted a National Park Service ranger at the outset of the selective closures: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

ymnbde
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ymnbde 01/11/14 - 08:49 am
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the media won't research anything, we need to do our own

research the reading abilities of black public school graduates
if you're an O supporter,
you're complicit in keeping black kids uneducated
research what happens to the unemployment rate of black kids when the minimum wage is increased
if you're an O supporter,
you're complicit in keeping black kids unemployed
research what happens when we use less coal (it's actually quite clean now)
if you're an O supporter,
you're complicit in making the poor pay more for their power bills
research who benefits from O's opposition to the Keystone pipeline
if you're an O supporter,
you're complicit in forcing the poor to pay more for gas, and keeping the middle east billionaires in power
research what happens when O puts IRS agents in fashionable brown shirts and jackboots
if you're an O supporter,
you're complicit in denying freedom to Americans
research what happens when we pay billions for the global warming hoax
if you're an O supporter,
you're complicit in diverting tax money away from the poor
research what the Iranian leaders have said they want to do to Israel
if you're an O supporter,
you're complicit in the final Jewish solution
dang, there are so many
but an O supporter carries on so many legacies
the Jim Crow legacy... the Aushwicz legacy... the kkk legacy

ymnbde
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ymnbde 01/11/14 - 08:58 am
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o your own g, C'head

did the terrorists get any worse because of Reagan's actions?
did Central America get any better because of Reagan's actions?
ah, no, then yes
the world is a difficult place... perhaps msnbc zombies find it simple?
perhaps the msnbc zombies don't lose their minds
but trade their minds for the $50 bills that get trolled through trailer parks?

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bob0142 01/11/14 - 09:01 am
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We all know we can not rely
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We all know we can not rely on the press anymore, they have become irresponsible in their bias. I don't see a good end here, we have passed a point of a peaceful solution. The country is either going to end up in internal conflict or it will begin to splinter into seperate territories. I do not believe conservatives and liberals can co-exist anymore and I know I personally do not want to, the liberals views make me sick and I want nothing to do with them.

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InChristLove 01/11/14 - 09:11 am
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I have to agree with Seenit

I have to agree with Seenit "Looking for dirt this early in the game....whoa....the big boy must be a challenge they want to dump asap..."

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Junior Dawg 01/11/14 - 09:23 am
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GAC

You can't justify bad behavior with other bad behavior and we find it hilarious and pathetic at the same time that you do not find fault with the Obama administration in regards to Benghazi, fast and furious, and especially the IRS scandal that ended up putting your Messiah back in the White House. You call Christie a bully, so what would you call Obama? I got some titles for you....mentor, teacher, role model! The biggest bully IS Obama, and stop thinking that your politicians are noble and the republicans are not....they are stink. These are perfect examples of why we need limited government

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justthefacts 01/11/14 - 09:26 am
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MSM

The degree to which the so called press shirk their duty to our country is an abomination.

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Bodhisattva 01/11/14 - 09:36 am
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More Chronicle propaganda

Wesley Pruden? Great choice Chronicle. Nothing like using a quote from a guy who was fired from the National Observer for manufacturing quotes. For the simple minds at the Chronicle that don't do any research, that means he's a liar, he made up things, he's not to be trusted. So jump right in with a quote from a guy who makes up quotes. Fantastic journalism folks. We've come to expect it. It get's better. Washington Times Editor Emeritus? The Moonie Paper. Pruden used to be editor-in-chief. What was he known for during his tenure from 1992-2008? "The Times became a forum for the racialist hard right, including white nationalists, neo-Confederates, and anti-immigrant scare mongers." He was also in on Richard Mellon Scaife's $2.4 million dollar anti-Clinton "Arkansas Project". He came by it naturally. his dad was a nice, racist, "christian" chaplain to the Capital Citizens Council in Little Rock, Arkansas. Another usual hit job Chronicle, except instead of using a plagiarist, you just substituted someone who makes up quotes out of thin air. I smell a Pulitzer.

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deestafford 01/11/14 - 09:37 am
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Christie has done a very good job as governor of...

Christie has done a very good job as governor of a very liberal state and for this the media thinks he has a shot at being president. Granted, he is very visible and a media draw but I would not want him to be the Republican presidential candidate. We need a strong conservative and no more Northeastern moderates or nuts like McCain. Christie for all his boom and bluster will not get the votes in the primaries from flyover country.

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carcraft 01/11/14 - 09:40 am
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WOW AND WOW AGAIN Copperhed

WOW AND WOW AGAIN Copperhed keeps repeating that Bush lied about WMD's. Well every intelligence agency in the World believed they were there. Democrates in the Congress as will as Bill and Hillary Clinton believed there were WMD's in Iraq so how was Bush lying. I know if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth right? Well click your heels three times we aren't in Kansas any more!

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justthefacts 01/11/14 - 09:47 am
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carcraft

It is amazing. Repeating the same lies, day after day. It takes away any benefit of the doubt you may want to give their opinions and kills their credibility. If only they could argue without such obvious lies.

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Bodhisattva 01/11/14 - 09:48 am
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The IRS investigated both

The IRS investigated both left and right wing groups. The Tea Party Groups were investigated in greater numbers because there were many more of them. All of that mony from FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, Murdoch, the Kochs, and all of the other right wing billionaires buys a lot of fake social organizations.

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carcraft 01/11/14 - 09:54 am
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Bodhisattva, To qoute "That

Bodhisattva, To qoute "That means he is a lier and made things up " Anything like Obama? If you like your health insurance you can keep it"! "Don't tell me I don't have a claim (to bloody Sunday) because those folks walked across that bridge a white women from Kansas could marry an African goat herder ". Need I go on with the multitude of lies Obama has told and not. Been called on? One reporter even explained that Obama was referring to another march nobody had ever heard of or remembered!

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