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

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 10, 2014 @ 8:43 pm In The Point | 14 Comments

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.

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