Obamaphobes at Fox News see timing of Christie scandal as verrrry suspicious
I suppose THIS was inevitable:
Poor Sean Hannity! Just when he was ready to settle into using Bob Gates’ new book to relentlessly smear President Obama and Hillary Clinton, along came Gov. Chris Christie’s Bridgegate scandal and stole the limelight! So what else could he do but call on his Fox News colleagues Eric Bolling and Kimberly Guilfoyle to accuse the media of doing Obama’s and Clinton’s bidding for them.
Before he called on Bolling and Guilfoyle, Hannity spent more than 9 minutes arguing that the Christie scandal pales in comparison to all that dirt he was so looking forward to throwing at Obama and Clinton. As if Hannity would not have gleefully seized on Bridgegate in a New Jersey Minute had Obama or Clinton been involved.
But since it involved a Republican – and one with a decent chance of winning the White House in 2016 – Hannity sneered that Christie’s scandal is merely about “traffic jams on a bridge.”
“It seems just a bit ironic that this comes just days after a much more serious accusation, in this case involving President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton surfaced about their own admissions of playing politics (about the surge in Iraq).” Hannity said. He asked his guests, “Do you think that this is a distraction in any way?”
Shocker! They did!
Guilfoyle – who seems willing to say anything she thinks will get her props – said, “It’s really conspicuous timing… And it’s also no surprise the way the media has chosen to handle the two very differently in terms of their newsworthiness.” Although Guilfoyle acknowledged that the Christie scandal is newsworthy, she announced that it pales in comparison to Gates. Later, she said, “The mainstream media… just likes to cover up when it’s liberals and when it’s conservatives, blow it up.”
Bolling added, “I can’t believe that (the Gates story) lasted one day and that we’re distracted by four-hour delays at the bridge that not many people care about other than the left-wing media – to take a shot at Republicans.”
All three of these purported media truthers conveniently forgot that the Christie scandal has been simmering for weeks.
But more importantly, if the Christie story really is some liberal media conspiracy designed to overshadow the “real” news about Gates, Obama and Clinton, why didn’t Fox just run with it and continue downplaying Christie?
I think we all know the answer: Because questions about the mob-like/Nixonian tactics of top-level aides to a popular governor and potential president are a lot more compelling to viewers than what a former Secretary of Defense says President Obama and Hillary Clinton said about a George W. Bush tactic seven years ago in a war we no longer a part of.