Media Gives “Bridgegate” 17x More Coverage in 1 Day than Obama’s IRS Targeting in 6 Months

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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We have the best government that the government-academia-media complex can prop up with propaganda.

In less than 24 hours, the big three networks have devoted 17 times more coverage to a traffic scandal involving Chris Christie than they’ve allowed in the last six months to Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service controversy. Since the story broke on Wednesday that aides to the New Jersey governor punished a local mayor’s lack of endorsement with a massive traffic jam, ABC, CBS and NBC have responded with 34 minutes and 28 seconds of coverage. Since July 1, these same networks managed a scant two minutes and eight seconds for the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups.

In contrast, journalists such as Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos pounced on the developing Christie story. The GMA host opened the program on Thursday by announcing, “Chris Christie in crisis. Calls at this hour for the feds to step in, investigate the explosive e-mails.”

Bridgegate Crisis 2014. Ready for Hillary 2016. And guess which network topped the others in churning out Bridgegate/Hillary content?

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.

NBC. What a shock.

As a comparison over the last six months, NBC featured a scant five seconds on updating the IRS story. CBS responded with a minute and 41 seconds. ABC produced a meager 22 seconds.

5 seconds. Now that’s serious journalism.
Government-media complex reporters are already upset because the family of the 91-year-old woman who died refused to blame Christie. You could hear the gnashing of teeth and the curses filtering down from NBC headquarters. And even they have to realize that the story is going to play out soon unless they can come up with a fresh angle.

  • Mike Lawson

    Waaahhh! Waaahhhh! But, but OBAMA! OBAMA! Snarl, gnash teeth, whine. Are you f-ing kidding us?

    • truebearing

      Were you attempting to make a point?

      • Mike Lawson

        Apparently it went right on over your tea bagging head.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Yes Virginia, you’re not on Wonkette.

  • Ed Bazaar

    uh…maybe it’s because the IRS thing wasn’t a scandal…

    • truebearing

      You misspelled “duh.”

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Of course not. Just like Watergate wasn’t.

  • Kimo

    What difference at this point does it make?

    • truebearing

      What difference does what make?

  • GSR

    You mean Prez Cool Jazz used the IRS and other govt. agencies to harass and impede his political opposition from organizing and fund raising? And he won re-election rather easily, right? And you say, no one in the vaunted news-media is curious about this fact? Hmm…….curious indeed.

  • tkellybal

    The only good thing to say about this is that at least millions of people are aware of the mainstream media’s leftward slant. Objective journalism looks more and more like a thing of the past (if it ever existed at all).

  • quousque

    Since 6 months is about 180 days; it follows that propaganda machine is using roughly 1:200 dampening ratio for the stories they don’t like and inversely 200:1 amplification ratio for the stories they do like. It sound just about right.

    • quousque

      I got it wrong. There is a 17X multiplication factor I have forgotten to include. My ratios are wrong by that factor. So, to make it correct it would be whooping 1:3060 damping or 3060:1 amplification at 180 days considered. Now I feel better even if it is dumb.

  • Free_Mike

    The IRS supposcandal broke out 8 months ago. You wanna compare the first two weeks of reporting with what’s being reported for Bridgegate?

    So there’s been very little coverage by the networks from July to now
    (i.e., the past six months) because the networks did 127 IRS-scandal
    stories in the first 33 days (mid-May to mid-June), including 96 stories
    in the first two weeks.

    http://nomoremister.blogspot.com/2014/01/oh-you-want-us-to-compare-apples-to.html