Rachel continues bridge work: As of Monday, the story had become enormous. Or at least, so a little bird said:
MADDOW (12/16/13): The George Washington Bridge traffic jam story that started as the teeny, teeny, tiny, tiniest little political story in the entire world has just gotten enormous.That was one of the teases on Monday’s Maddow show. Last night, we learned that the previously enormous story had somehow become even bigger:
MADDOW (12/17/13): All right. If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was hoping that today was the day that people stopped talking about a certain traffic jam on the world`s busiest bridge, it turns out today is really, really not that day. The story took a big leap today and it has helped that story motor its way way beyond the tri-state area.A second tease followed. Around the analysts’ residence unit, the excitement took big leaps too:
How this became a national story today is coming up.
MADDOW (12/17/13): All right. Still to come, the biggest little traffic jam in the whole wide world today made it all the way to Washington.“Please stay with us" was the key there. At any rate, one day after becoming enormous, the biggest little traffic jam had finally made it to Washington.
Please stay with us. That story is ahead.
As she did last Thursday night, Maddow saved her rather slender, four-minute report for the very end of the program. After the teasin’, when the segment began, she engaged in a bit of embellishment:
MADDOW: Hey. So it’s been a big day for the New Jersey bridge story. It was in multiple pages of the Washington Post today, also in the New York Times. Politico.com finally picked it up. The national press and the Beltway press all now reporting how one of Governor Chris Christie’s appointees, one of his high school buddies, suddenly and without explanation ordered the shutdown of two of the entrance lanes onto the world’s busiest bridge.If we’re going by facts, the story had appeared in one place in the hard-copy Washington Post—in this column by the always acute Richard Cohen.
(Christie “would not be so reckless as to clog up a bridge,” Cohen damningly wrote. He misstated the nature of the problem, which didn't clog up any bridge.)
In the Times, the story had been mentioned in passing as a small part of a local column. That was it.
As for Politico, it had first reported the story last Thursday. For some reason, Rachel pretended that this previous reporting hadn’t occurred.
(In this morning’s Washington Post, the paper finally did a news report on the hullabaloo. Headline: For Chris Christie, lane closures at N.J. bridge attract scrutiny if not scandal.)
Had the so-far non-story New Jersey story really taken a big leap? Not exactly, no. According to Rachel, New Jersey Democrats (described as “New Jersey lawmakers”) had “subpoenaed any and all communications between Governor Christie’s office and the agency that runs the bridge during the period when the shutdown happened.”
This was about as surprising as the fact that the George Washington still stood erect. Absent-mindedly, Rachel presented no evidence that any such communications had ever really occurred.
In a second revelation, Rachel provided the “national” angle. Down in Washington, “the [Democratic] chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in the United States Senate has now sent a letter to the agency that runs the bridge, stating his concerns about political appointees abusing their power,” an action that will almost surely lead to waves of arrests.
But wait, there was more:
MADDOW: But wait, there’s more! That same Senate committee and its chairman, Senator Jay Rockefeller, have also now asked for a federal investigation. They have asked the federal Department of Transportation to launch their own simultaneous federal agency investigation into what happened in New Jersey.As Rachel understands, nothing is feared around the nation like a DOT probe.
Did anything happen in New Jersey that involved conduct by Governor Christie? So far, there is no evidence of that. But as she ended her program last night, Rachel Maddow, Our Own Rhodes Scholar, just kept treating us boys and girls like a big sack of squirrels, or rubes:
MADDOW: Whatever did happen still has not been explained. Governor Christie has gone so far as to say mistakes were made. He’s gone so far as to accept the resignations of his top two appointees at the agency, two long-time political allies of his.Rachel engaged in free insinuation, trying to provide us with our nightly Christie hard-ons.
But so far, he’s still trying to stick to the line that it was a traffic study.
That has never seemed credible and the executive director of the agency says it’s not true. With a federal inquiry now and a new round of subpoenas on the issue, it seems like we are likely to learn definitively whether or not the traffic study line is true. And if the traffic study line is proven to not be true, what happens to Chris Christie then?
That does it for us tonight. We will see you again tomorrow night.
Luckily, we were able to answer her question. If the traffic study line is proven to not be true, Chris Christie will say that he didn’t know.
Presumably, his claim will be true. That’s what happens to Christie.
We had a different question after last evening’s latest silly con. What happens to the IQ of the liberal world with this very bad, very willful person behaving like an escapee from Fox News, to which she never personally applied for a job?
Maddow’s treatment of this story has marked a watershed for her program. She’s been playing us rubes every step of the way, turning her program into pure propaganda.
Every minute she has burned on this bullshit could have gone to a real news topic. For example, she could have tried to help the public know more about low-income schools.
She doesn’t care about low-income schools. Maddow is playing her viewers for fools.
How many viewers can’t see that?
A clear case of projection: Our analysts thought they spotted a bit of projection in Rachel’s earlier segments last night.
In her first segment, she went on and on, at great length, about the way Dan Burton behaved back in the 1990s. Burton “was involved in a lot of really embarrassing stuff involving witch hunting,” the perspiring cable star said.
In her second segment, she wasted a large amount of time on a tabloidy story about Frank Abagnale, who “was a con artist,” and about a second, more current con man.
There wasn’t much news value to this tale. Once again, the analysts said that Rachel was simply projecting.
“It’s her way of exploring her own disorders,” one of the analysts said.