January 14, 2014 by Ben Crystal
Thanks. Seriously, from the bottom of my heart, I offer to you my most profound gratitude. It took New Jersey Governor Chris Christie channeling the ghost of Tony Soprano to get you guys to come out against government corruption, but Iâm not going to complain. Clearly, your intent in shrieking to the rafters about Christieâs politically motivated (by staffers, at least) cannonball into the deep end of the scandal pool stems entirely from a newfound belief that executivesâ abusing their authority is beyond the pale, right?
Granted, pegging Christie for his involvement in a scheme to alter traffic patterns might not rise to the level of on-the-spot reporting about the corruption inherent in selling guns to narcoterrorists and then perjuring yourself in front of Congress about it; but itâs a start.
Iâll concede that sounding the alarm over a potential Presidential candidate getting tangled in inconveniencing commuters is no substitute for sounding the alarm over a Presidentâs decision to abandon four citizens in some Libyan hellhole, but itâs a bit closer to actual journalism than the Democratsâ media normally wander.
Shouting across the rooftops of the world over gubernatorial meddling with one of the three driving routes between New Jersey and New York wonât un-tell all the lies we were fed over the multitrillion-dollar fraud still masquerading as Obamacare, but it beats cutting the story for a fun kicker about a singing cat.
And though giving the media version of a proctology exam to a political plan to turn the George Washington Bridge into an instant parking lot doesnât reveal a disease as severe as a Presidential plan to turn the Internal Revenue Service and the National Security Agency into an Orwellian nightmare, itâs still a diagnosis — albeit as worthwhile as a chiropractic âadjustmentâ on a corpse.
Listen, I know itâs tough for you guys. You have to hear about scandals from someone who is actually paying attention. Then, you have to determine whether the scandal will affect the political elite for whom you work. Then, you have to find out how they want the story covered, if at all. And — with notably few exceptions — you have to rely on the starry-eyed neophytes, self-important hacks and/or talking hairdos to actually report the story. So maybe you missed a few major scandals that might normally have sent a Presidency to the bottom of a Hawaiian lagoon (covertly selling guns to al-Qaida within a year or two of whacking its leader comes to mind); youâre a bunch of epileptic Neanderthals trying to conduct surgery in the Superdome. At least youâre trying, right?
Now, I know some people think youâre only gnawing on Christieâs âbridgegateâ scandal because the Democrats hope âbridgegateâ will sink Christieâs alleged Presidential campaign before he can steer it out of the harbor. If theyâre right, then you media types are nothing more than paid button men for the Democratic crime family. Given that Christie is the political equivalent of Hillary Clinton in a slightly less-well-tailored pantsuit, Iâm actually fine with that, as well.