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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Christe Spokesperson Attacks MSNBC And O'Donnell's Faux Commercial



Chris Christe via his spokesperson is fighting back against MSNBC's coverage of the "Bridge-gate" Scandal.  We find it truly amazing the "tough guy" governor simply will not take his "medicine" vs. throwing futile punches at MSNBC.  The network essentially has the bully governor dead-on and it appears far more investigative legal commissions are coming together  to ferret-out the truth.  

While all MSNBC evening show hosts are reporting on the governor's scandal, The governor's spokesperson has lashed out at Lawrence O'Donnell. Steve Kornacki and Rachel Maddow have broadcast far more detailed "Bridgegate" segments; O'Donnell dared to exercise development of a creative faux campaign ad with (presidential candidate) Christe as its campaign focus. Christe's spokesman Colin Reed called the ad "weird."

O'Donnell's ad appears in the first 45 seconds of the following video.

http://youtu.be/zNJvpBF44O8



Business Insider writer Brett Loguirato published a piece that seriously reminds of Nixon Administration efforts to deflect from the Watergate cover-up. Reed refers to MSNBC's coverage "partisan" reporting. We at the TPI wonder about Reed's characterization of networks which are not covering the "Bridgegate" Scandal.  Of course, to think in such a manner is tantamount to Bill Cosby's famous quip, "Why is there air?"

The full Reed statement via the Business Insider......

"MSNBC is a partisan network that has been openly hostile to Governor Christie and almost gleeful in their efforts attacking him, even taking the unprecedented step of producing and airing a nearly three-minute attack ad against him this week. Governor Christie and his entire administration have been helping Hoboken get the help they need after Sandy, with the city already having been approved for nearly $70 million dollars in federal aid and is targeted to get even more when the Obama Administration approves the next rounds of funding. The Governor and Mayor Zimmer have had a productive relationship, with Mayor Zimmer even recently saying she’s ‘very glad’ he’s been our Governor. It’s very clear partisan politics are at play here as Democratic mayors with a political axe to grind come out of the woodwork and try to get their faces on television."
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Nixon's attack on "the media" struck a similar tone and practice.

WIKI ...Watergate Scandal

Role of the media
The connection between the break-in and the re-election committee was highlighted by media coverage — in particular, investigative coverage by The Washington Post, Time, and The New York Times The coverage dramatically increased publicity and consequent political repercussions. Relying heavily upon anonymous sources, Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein  uncovered information suggesting that knowledge of the break-in, and attempts to cover it up, led deeply into the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and the White House.
Chief among the Post's anonymous sources was an individual whom Woodward and Bernstein had nicknamed Deep Throat; 33 years later, in 2005, he was confirmed to be William Mark Felt, Sr., the former deputy director of the FBI. Felt met secretly with Woodward, telling him of Howard Hunt’s involvement with the Watergate break-in, and that the White House staff regarded the stakes in Watergate extremely high. Felt warned Woodward that the FBI wanted to know where he and other reporters were getting their information, as they were uncovering a wider web of crimes than first disclosed. In one of their last meetings, all of which took place at an underground parking garage somewhere in Rosslyn, Virginia at 2:00 am, Felt cautioned Woodward that he might be followed and not to trust their phone conversations to be secure. Felt also planted leaks about Watergate to Time magazine, the Washington Daily News and other publications.[14]  
During this early period, most of the media failed to grasp the full implications of the scandal, and concentrated reporting on other topics related to the 1972 presidential election.[15] After the revelation that one of the convicted burglars wrote to Judge Sirica alleging a high-level coverup, the media shifted its focus. Time magazine described Nixon as undergoing "daily hell and very little trust". The distrust between the press and the Nixon administration was mutual and greater than usual due to lingering dissatisfaction with events from the Vietnam War. Public distrust of the media reached over 40%.[15]  
Nixon and top administration officials discussed using government agencies to "get" what they perceived as hostile media organizations.[15] The discussions had precedent. At the request of Nixon's White House in 1969, the FBI tapped the phones of five reporters. In 1971, the White House requested an audit of the tax return of the editor of Newsday, after he wrote a series of articles about the financial dealings of a friend of the President's.[16]  
The administration and its supporters accused the media of making "wild accusations", putting too much emphasis on the story, and of having a liberal bias against the Administration.[15] Nixon said in a May 1974 interview with a supporter that if he had followed the liberal policies that he thought the media preferred, "Watergate would have been a blip."[17]  
The media noted that most of the reporting turned out to be accurate and the competitive nature of the media guaranteed massive coverage of the political scandal.[15] Applications to journalism schools reached an all-time high in 1974.[15]
While the WIKI piece provides much archive history about the Watergate Scandal,  The Business Insider piece and the excerpt snippet above has a theme similar to the WIKI verbiage just above. Read the last two paragraphs above.

The Reed statement embodies the essence of the paragraphs. By punching at MSNBC, is Reed relishing in the fact Fox News will offer no coverage of the scandal. Or, should I write, Fox will offer no objective or investigatory coverage of the scandal?  


Notice the last paragraph above. Do Reed and Christe hope to avoid investigation beyond the "partisan" MSNBC? If there is no "competitive nature" regarding investigation via CNN or other electronic media, does Christe have greater opportunity to escape justice? Of course, they do and Reed's (and probably with legal counsel) strategic punch at MSNBC, may very well work with CNN.


MSNBC and local print media are shedding light on the Christe regime, that each of us should have known was at the core. If you are following MSNBC's coverage of the scandal, you know that Maddow and Kornacki have broadcast far more damaging details about the scandal and associated allegation than has O'Donnell. Are you also wondering why Reed and Christe are attacking comments from the Hoboken mayor with very shallow assertions of "wanting to get their faces on TV" and attacking O'Donnell's faux campaign ad?


We are forty plus years from Nixon's cover-up and eventual resignation. While, we certainly do not gave definitive confirmation of Christe's intimate culpability in "Bridgegate", we may have yet another parallel between Watergate and Bridgegate. Attack the only network that is seriously reporting on "Bridgegate, with hopes it will ward-off deeper scrutiny.

"Tis" the season of the NFL Playoffs. We will end with a sports mantra.

Is Reed and Christe following that old axiom, "The best defense is a good offense?" 

Mediaite's story    

"Gleeful Assault" 

Isn't it amazing how people one the Right poop in their pants, and immediately reach for cause to deflect and lay blame elsewhere.

Now we offer a bit of gleeful comeuppance......

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