I haven’t been much of a Chris Christie supporter lately. In the beginning, I admired his ability to stand up to the teacher’s unions. Since then, I’ve decided that this was less a principled position and more a reflection of a highly aggressive personality. Outside of the unions, he’s too much of a RINO, and I’m suspicious about his Saudi ties. He’d be a better president than Obama, but that’s a low bar. If he ended up on top of the Republican ticket opposite Hillary, I’d vote for him, but primarily because Hillary would finish the job Obama’s done, and anything is (I think) better than that. So that’s my view about Chris Christie.
What I want to talk about here is the scandal. It seems that nothing has ever happened before that’s been as thrilling as the fact that a Republican governor’s employee had a nearly unspoken agreement with another of the governor’s employees that, if a Democrat mayor ticked them off, they’d use their power to create traffic havoc in his town. (For punsters, we finally have a “toll-gate” scandal.) A 91-year-old lady whose ambulance got stuck the traffic jam died later, and her death could be attributed to the delay. (Only God knows for sure.) The whole affair is nasty, unprincipled, and petty. The employees deserved to be fired, and Christie fired them. The media is having what Matt Drudge describes as a feeding frenzy. Fine. It’s their job to sell the news.
But what about a few other scandals that probably could have sold news too?
A Secretary of State, despite repeated pleas from an ambassador in one of the world’s most dangerous areas, refuses to heighten security. The ambassador and three others die. The media does minimal reporting and then ignores the story.
A nation’s diplomatic mission in a foreign country is attacked. Four people die and unknown numbers of confidential documents vanish. The besieged nation’s President Secretary of State speak once and then both refuse to explain their whereabouts. Rumors are that the president went to bed early to prepare for a campaign event. The media does minimal reporting and then ignores the story.
A president deputizes one of his employees to go on Sunday talk shows to explain that an attack on its diplomatic mission, which left four dead, including an ambassador, occurred because of a 10-minute YouTube video that was perceived as being uncomplimentary to Islam. To add an air of verisimilitude to this otherwise unconvincing narrative, the administration trumps up charges to arrest the video’s maker, in what many see as a blatant attack on free speech in the service of Islam. The media does minimal reporting and then ignores the story.
An Attorney General arranges to have hundreds of guns smuggled into Mexico. There are two theories about this, neither good. The first is that the guns were supposed to be traceable, so as to track gun and drug crime coming out of Mexico, but that the AG’s incompetent employees forgot to add the necessary electronics. The second is that the AG deliberately released weapons into Mexico to support his anti-gun campaign. “See,” he would say. “We told you that our nation’s guns are despoiling the world.” In any event, the guns with the AG’s name on them killed one of his own border agent as well as hundreds of Mexican civilians. The media does minimal reporting and then ignores the story.
A nation’s troops, most notably its Marines, sweat, and bleed, and die in a terrorist-ridden town in Iraq. Their success there helps turn a years’ long war around, paving the way for a simulacrum of democracy in a country whose people lived for decades at the mercy of a sadistic tyrant. It’s not true democracy, but it’s close enough; people are experiencing relative freedom for the first time in their lives; and the government is relatively friendly the liberating western nation. At the end of WWII, faced with this situation, the victorious nation stuck around for another 60+ years to hang onto that victory. This time, though, the president walked away without a second glance and without any effort to secure hard-won gains. Two years after the president declared, not victory, but “war over,” that same town has once again fallen to the terrorists. The president is silent. The media does minimal reporting and then ignores the story.
A nation’s people learn that the government is spying on their every communication. It started before the current president, but has escalated madly during his administration. Even some media outlets learn that the government has been spying on their telephone calls. One would think that this outrage would encourage them to reconsider their blind faith in the current administration. It does not. After a few huffs and puffs, the media does minimal reporting and then ignores the story.
A nation’s tax-collecting agency, which is it’s most feared and powerful agency, turns out to have been engaged in a systematic effort to silence all conservative and pro-Israel speech. The timing shows that the effort was manifestly intended to disrupt the 2012 presidential election, and it may well have done so, giving a squeaker of an election to the candidate from the Democrat-party. All people of good will, regardless of party, should be horrified by this type of partisan overreach from a nation’s most powerful agency. The media, however, is unperturbed. It does minimal reporting and then ignores the story.
Beginning in 2009, a president tells his people a series of bald-faced lies. The documentary evidence shows that he knew that they were lies when he told them. That is, it wasn’t ignorance or wishful thinking on his part. Instead, he was running a scam. This giant fraud begins to unravel on October 1, 2013, and with every passing day, the public learns more about the administration’s lies, incompetence, and cronyism. This knowledge is made manifest in the most painful of ways, as millions of people lose the security of insurance plans, doctors, and hospitals, even as they are being forced to pay more money for fewer benefits. Although the media dutifully points out the problems in the first month, by the second month, it returns to lap dog status, crowing about thousands of sign-ups, with scant attention to the fact that it’s unknown whether those who signed up have actually paid for new policies. The same media downplays the certain fact that more people have lost beloved policies than gained lousy ones under the new system.
Yes, I tried to keep that nation’s identity anonymous, but you’ve figured it out. The nation in which a president and his administration, through a combination of fraud, lies, and incompetence, have caused people’s deaths, wasted military deaths, destroyed a functioning health care system, spied on its citizens, and possibly corrupted election outcomes, routinely gets a pass from the media. Our MSM does just enough reporting to lay claim to some credibility as a “news” outlet, and then ignores as hard as possible whatever issue could hurt a Democrat president. The whole thing is declared “over” after Jon Stewart, through selective clips, announces that Fox News is insane. The media heaves a sigh of relief, and goes back to guarding the administration. That system, of course, doesn’t apply when a vaguely Republican governor is tied to a traffic jam (admittedly, a malicious, unprincipled traffic jam). In that case, the 24-hour news cycle kicks into overtime.
Looking at today’s headlines, I’d have to say that the biggest scandal of them isn’t either Christie’s toll-gate or Obama’s just-about-everything-gate. Instead, it is the fact that we have a Democrat lap-dog media that still has the temerity to call itself a “free press.”