Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 747

IRS Logo 2Politico, Chris Christie Wants the Media to Apologize:

Chris Christie says the media owes him an apology over the Bridgegate scandal. 

“I do believe there's an absolute bias and a rush to judgment. You all know this, you saw the coverage of me 15 months ago. I was guilty, I had done it,” Christie said on CNBC Thursday morning. “Now we're 15 months later, where are the apologies pouring in? Not one thing I said the day after the bridge situation has been proven wrong.”

Christie has not been implicated for any role in the closing of several lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September of 2013 which caused major traffic delays. Christie’s former high-school classmate and Port Authority official David Wildstein pleaded guilty earlier this month to conspiracy counts related to the lane closures and prosecutors have also indicted fellow Christie allies Bill Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority, and Bridget Anne Kelly, the governor’s former deputy chief of staff.

On Thursday, Christie said the uproar over the lane closures was overblown and covered more than other stories like the IRS scandals or Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

“I think if you objectively looked at it you would say it was. At the time Bridgegate was outgunning, six or seven to one the IRS scandal,” Christie said.

Christie said that if he had come out in the days after the lane closures announcing that his emails were on a private server and he had deleted them, the reaction would have been much worse than the one Clinton has received.

“Can you imagine how the reaction would be? Yet today, we don't even talk about the email situation with Secretary Clinton it's as though it went away,” Christie said. ”Has there been coverage of the email situation with the secretary? Absolutely. But the intensity of the coverage and relentlessness of coverage is different.”

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If there is no scandal...Lois Lerner could simply testify and explain how things got all fouled up...but that's not going to happen is it? Wonder why? The MSM's lack of interest in MS. Lerner's silence is itself a scandal.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | May 26, 2015 11:25:41 AM

Corruption is something that is important to cover. The media is certainly acting as the PR wing of the Democrat party and there was a rush to judgement but no one can argue that the issue shouldn't have been covered.

The interesting thing is that the media didn't take a harder look at Obama's weaponizing of the National Parks Service during his government shutdown theatre.

There were a couple lanes of traffic shut down in one city in the country and it generated years of news coverage but when Obama does the same thing all over the country with the national parks, the media is silent and the Democrats are remarkably unselfaware.

Corruption is a real problem. Putting checks and balances against it has allowed our country to flourish. Neither party should support corruption, even if they profit off it.

Time for Democrats to come out against the corruption in their own party.

Posted by: wodun | May 26, 2015 9:59:57 AM

The "we don't have any bases" refers to "Publis's" constant claims that there is 'nothing to see, move along' postings about the IRS scandals. His defense of Christie is just another squirrel to point to.

Posted by: Andrew Russell | May 26, 2015 9:31:21 AM

And right on schedule, "Publis Novus" shows up to shout "LOOK! A SQUIREL!" His "we don't have any bases" claim is so laughable a deliberate falsehood he must be paid to post such drivel.

"Publis", is your real name Nick Stokes?

Posted by: Andrew Russell | May 26, 2015 9:27:48 AM

Although I disagree with most of what Christie is whining about, one thing sticks out at true. In all three of the "scandals" he references, judgment was rendered before even a fraction of the facts were in. In fact we still don't have any bases to call any of the three "scandals" by such an appellation.

Posted by: Publius Novus | May 26, 2015 6:31:12 AM