Opinion: Coverage reveals media agenda

January 15, 2014


A multiple choice question: Select the scandal(s) that affects the most people and has long-term implications for the country in a time of war, a country with a struggling economy that last month produced the weakest job growth in decades. (According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly 92 million Americans are no longer in the labor force.)

A) The closing of traffic lanes in Fort Lee, N.J., allegedly in retaliation for the refusal of a Democratic mayor to endorse New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie for a second term.

B) The role of the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked on Sept. 11, 2012, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans and the lies and possible cover-up about al-Qaida’s involvement.

C) The IRS’ refusal to grant nonprofit status to numerous conservative groups during the 2012 election campaign for, allegedly, political reasons.

D) President Obama’s repeated statements assuring Americans that if they like their insurance plans and doctors they may keep them under the new ACA.

If you are honest you would have to select B, C and D, but who among the media are honest enough to do that?

Gov. Christie held a 107-minute news conference last Thursday, during which he repeatedly denied knowing anything about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. He fired Bridget Anne Kelly, his deputy chief of staff, and blocked the appointment of another close associate to a state GOP chairmanship.

Left-leaning Democrats and the establishment media see an opening to keep Christie from winning the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 and are salivating because they think the Fort Lee controversy might harm his chances against Hillary Clinton.

In light of A, B, C and D above, closing two lanes leading to a bridge is nothing. It does, however, again expose the media’s agenda and their intention to bring down anyone who is a potential threat to a Hillary Clinton presidency.

On Monday, CNN reported that Christie is now the subject of a federal investigation into whether he misused $25 million in Superstorm Sandy relief money to fund a marketing campaign to promote tourism at the Jersey Shore. Convenient timing? If wasted federal money is an indictable offense, most of Congress should be behind bars.

Colin Reed, a Christie spokesman stated, “The Stronger Than the Storm campaign was just one part of the first action plan approved by the Obama administration … Federal agency reviews are routine and standard operating procedure with all federally allocated resources to ensure that funds are distributed fairly. We’re confident that any review will show that the ads were a key part in helping New Jersey get back on its feet after being struck by the worst storm in state history.” End of controversy? Hardly.

There may be more important reasons why Christie should not (or should) be the GOP presidential nominee in 2016, but the bridge lane fiasco ought not be a factor.

Should Christie be exposed as a liar about lane closures, would that be more serious than the lies the president has told about far more serious matters?

Just asking.

— Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Content Agency.


Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

(According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly 92 million Americans are no longer in the labor force.) Hmmmmmmmm what a large number. No doubt those two GOP home loan scams contributed a great deal to the unemployment of American blue and white collar workers.

We don't need a third however there does seem to be pattern.

The need for food stamps is largely created by large corp USA sending jobs abroad. Can't very well completely blame Obama that's for sure.

What the hell is this crap that corp USA retains it's USA tax write off's no matter that a large chunk of the business is no longer in the USA? And no matter that a majority of the employees are in another country. What's up with this nonsense? Anti American I say!!!!!

Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

It is difficult for me to believe that politicians don't know job losses are substantial as a result of Free Trade agreements.

Are the majority of elected officials turning blind eyes?

Do they also not realize what damage Leveraged Buyouts has done and is doing?

Have they not realized how many more USA jobs left the country once the BUSHCO home loan fiasco surfaced?

How can they not know that the reasons people don't go back to work is because their former employment no longer exists?

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