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Of bridges and Benghazi: how yellow is journalism today?

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The disparity between the mainstream media’s coverage of the infamous Obama administration Benghazi murder fact-obfuscation and the Fort Lee, N.J./George Washington Bridge traffic jam scandal dubbed “Bridgegate” almost defies belief. The disproportion is simultaneously qualitative and quantitative.

Noting so in an op-ed piece, Fox News contributor Dan Gainer describes coverage of the former – a serious and somber issue that cuts deep into the heart of the current administration’s “transparency” and indeed, America’s national security – this way:

“In the real world, when you cover up four murders after the fact, you likely go to jail. In government, you retire with dignity and run for president with full media support. Up until yesterday, that was the Benghazi scenario following the death of four Americans including our ambassador to Libya. The Obama administration has lied, stonewalled, bullied, and intimidated – the true marks of an open and transparent administration. And, with a few notable exceptions, the American media haven’t just let them get away it. Heck, they’ve helped.”

Gainer also opines that outlets like CBS, The NY Times, the Huffington Post, and the undisputed heavy weight champion of yellow journalism, MSNBC, to cite a few, have been “…trying to corral the story… minimize the impact…” and “politicize the event.”

Meanwhile the left-leaning Washington Post “Tweeted” that critics of the administration on Benghazi are akin to “Chick-Fil-A lovers,” a derisive moniker aimed at conservatives who deign to agree with the chicken sandwich chain’s owner Dan Cathy who stirred up controversy in 2012 for committing the cardinal sin of publicly supporting traditional marriage.

Enter “Bridgegate.” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, in no way a close ally of true conservatives, particularly social conservatives, has taken the brunt of the progressive media outlet maelstrom over an alleged incident wherein a Christie staffer is accused of being involved with “creating a 2013 traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge — an apparent retaliation against Fort Lee, N.J., Mayor Mark Sokolich, who had refused to endorse Christie for governor.”

Since the news of the matter surfaced Christie has denied knowledge or involvement and also announced the firing of two of his top aides. MSNBC, responding in a Pavlovian manner to the tinkling bell of the controversy, immediately began to unleash its leftist fury upon Christie in a manner which was disproportionate to the seriousness of the story, particularly in light of how the same network did its part in downplaying Obama’s role in the cover-up of Benghazi.

In the process the rag-tag media orifice augmented and muddied the truth, taking such low roads as citing sources like undated “personal diaries” to support their attacks against Christie.

Picking up on the sheer hypocrisy and giving sound perspective, Republican National Committee Chairman Prince Reibus told NBC’s “Meet the Press” last Sunday:

“Chris Christie has been totally open here. He stood there for 111 minutes in an open dialogue with the press. Now, only if Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would give us 111 seconds of that, would we find out some things we want to find out about Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS.”

It has been proffered, by some, that the liberal media is concerned about Christie’s 2016 presidential aspirations and that deflecting criticism from Hillary Clinton for her share in Benghazi is part and parcel to the stratagem of protecting Mrs. Clinton, whom they consider to be their next political “darling.”

It seems at this point that Christie’s biggest crime and that which has drawn the ire of the left more so than anything else, is that big “R” following his name. Blind political ideologues tend to do that: see nothing other than the “R” or the “D” and otherwise concern themselves with the truth long after the fact.

References:

http://www.examiner.com/article/how-anti-gay-is-chick-fil-a http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/05/09/liberal-media-spin-benghazi-sc... http://www.mediaite.com/tv/the-only-question-that-matters-in-chris-chris...

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