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What Chris Christie bridge scandal? Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi: Editorial
Somehow, the right's response to Chris Christie's still-breaking Bridgegate scandal has devolved into this: Why are you writing about New Jersey traffic jams, because Benghazi!
In letters to newspapers and online comments, in phone calls to their favorite conservative radio and TV pundits, conservatives are in a state of collective denial: They refuse to acknowledge there's anything to Gov. Chris Christie and the George Washington Bridge scandal until President Obama and the consular attack in Benghazi get equal time.
Whack that straw-man! I know these are merely journalists, so reading comprehension might not be their strong suit, but let's try explaining this one more time.
Bridgegate is getting more than 17 times the media coverage Benghazi ever got.
That's our beef. Do your jobs fellas. Do it impartially.
What's that? Oh, right, you've got excuses.
What's the difference? Here are three reasons the unrelated Bridgegate and Benghazi stories aren't getting equal time — and shouldn't.
Intent: America's press corps has looked at Benghazi, the IRS scandal and the other Obama-related scandals tossed around last weekend. In each case, the facts dampened the early cries of conspiracy and cover-up. In Benghazi, neither congressional investigators nor the New York Times found evidence to support the idea of a concerted executive branch failure or cover-up. In the IRS fiasco, an investigation found both conservative and liberal political groups were subject to review — and everyone got what they wanted, anyway.
Hoo boy, there's so much BS in there it's scary.
But if you still think the New York Times has any credibility when it comes to assiduously reporting on the evils of socialist government, I've got 14 million dead Ukrainians who'll vigorously disagree with you.
The bottom line? We still don't know what Obama was doing that night. We still don't know why a rescue wasn't mounted, or authorized. And unlike Bridgegate, Obama hasn't held a single person accountable.
As for the IRS scandal, timing is everything. And in the run-up to the 2012 election, the IRS doggedly pursued every Conservative group in America, diverting these groups' limited resources into fighting a partisan bureaucracy. Which of course prevented them from working to defeat Barack Obama. OK, sure, the IRS eventually relented and granted tax esempt status to everybody, after the election, when it didn't matter anymore.
A study by The American Enterprise Institute found that those IRS witch hunts suppressed conservative / Republican turnout by between 5 and 8.5 million voters. Obama won by about 5 million votes. Do the math.
So, what about Excuse #2?
Coverage: It's hard to argue that Benghazi, the IRS scandal or Obamacare's glitchy website weren't covered in full. Each story was subject to intense coverage when it broke — just as Bridgegate is breaking now. To expect coverage of old stories to increase because of an uncomfortable new story is silly.
Oh, c'mon. The liberal media hasn't assigned this many reporters to a story since the time they staked out Sarah Palin's garbage cans.
And at the risk of repeating myself, in one week Bridgegate has garnered 17 times more coverage than Benghazi has gotten, ever. Why? Because the media is Obama. They're 2 sides of the same coin. Believing that Obama is capable of duplicity is like believing they themselves are crooked.
In other words, they can't see the forest for the trees.
But Chris Christie? He's a Republican! He's evil! All their friends say so!
Onward to Excuse #3.
Cover-ups: Each scandal resuscitated by the right last week began with cover-up allegations that have faded under the bright lights of media coverage and federal investigation.
Meanwhile, new evidence that Christie's aides tried to cover their tracks is surfacing as thousands of newly released documents and e-mails are made public. None of the evidence suggests the governor was involved at that level, but there are a lot of questions about the GWB lane closures that still haven't been answered.
Obama promised us "the most transparent administration in history." How's that workin' out for you guys?
Here are 6 unanswered questions on Benghazi.
And 5 unanswered questions about the IRS scandal. Lois Lerner still hasn't testified. But the Ledger is more interested in how many times David Wildstein took the Fifth? Puh-lease.
You guys want coverups? How about Eric Holder's ridiculous "executive privilege" assertion over Congressional inquiries into Fast And Furious? And not for nothing, but if assigning one of your own campaign donors to investigate the IRS scandal isn't a coverup, I don't know what is.
Here are 20 scandals involving Democrats that are still unresolved.
Still gonna tell me Bridgegate is more important?
All the other papers have moved on.
Alex Rodriguez is today's headline fodder. It's time for the Star-Ledger
to stop flogging this dead horse.
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