Lawrence then and now: Over the summer, Chris Christie announced, then executed, a $12 million scam.
The larceny occurred in bright sunlight. Everybody say ho-hum and continued on their way.
Today, a range of players are involved in creating a scandal around Christie. Below, you see something we the rubes were told by Lawrence last night.
Lawrence spoke with Hunter Walker, who he agreed to describe as “national affairs reporter for Talking Points Memo:”
O’DONNELL (12/18/13): OK. And here is some more maybe fire in the smoke, OK?What Lawrence said was accurate. Last Thursday, the Wall Street Journal did report that Christie made that phone call.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that New Jersey governor Chris Christie called New York governor Andrew Cuomo to complain that Patrick Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was pressing too hard how to get off to the bottom of why the number of toll lanes on the bridge was cut from three to one in early September.
Hunter Walker, I got to say, the thing that is amazing here is, it is such a stupid idea, if it is a politically motivated idea, breathtakingly stupid. But everything Christie World is doing makes it look like they were up to something.
WALKER: Well, and you know, Andrew Cuomo was asked if he believed Chris Christie’s explanation of this, the traffic study story, and he just paused for six seconds and he kind of said, “Well, if Chris Christie said it, it must be true.” And you know, it was one of those sort of wonderful Cuomo koans where it was a little bit of a riddle to figure out what he actually meant. But it was hardly a heartfelt endorsement.
O’DONNELL: David, very quickly before we go, what does this do to Christie?
Here’s what Lawrence didn’t say. Neither did Walker, who clowned about koans instead:
Last Friday, Christie categorically denied the Wall Street Journal’s claim—and Cuomo spokesman Matt Wing vouched for Christie’s statement. You even got to hear that fact on Rachel’s program that night.
Rachel spoke with Ted Mann, the Wall Street Journal reporter:
MADDOW (12/13/13): Ted, let me ask you about one specific thing that you reported that really seemed to get Governor Christie very excited today and not in a good way. And that was your reporting that Governor Christie, as he’s been joking about this and making light of it in public before today, had earlier this week called New York Governor Andrew Cuomo essentially to say, “Listen, your appointees, your New York appointees on this are pushing too hard for answers. Why don’t you get them to lay off.”We have no idea which report Mann was standing by; Rachel didn’t ask. But Mann noted that Cuomo’s spokesman had supported what Christie said.
Governor Christie is now denying that that call ever took place.
MANN: Right. And Governor Cuomo’s spokesman did too. We stand by that story. That story is right.
Last night, you weren’t told that. Instead, Josh’s man gave you a song and dance about Cuomo’s koan.
(Go ahead. Look it up.)
This is the way Lawrence played you last year, when he spent several months inventing and asserting bogus facts about the killing of Trayvon Martin.
What happened with the George Washington Bridge? Like all the hacks who are playing you, we have no way of knowing.
We do understand how this game is played. In effect, this is what you’re being told in the current hullabaloo of group narrative:
Chris Christie said he invented the Internet!
Here’s what we mean by that:
If a wide range of media powers agree to tell you a story; if they agree to keep repeating it night after night after night; if there is no powerful interest willing to push back hard against their story; there is no way a politician can make the magpies stop.
In this instance, Democratic entities are playing the fool, pushing the Bridgegate/Sopranos narrative. People like Lawrence will play you for months on end.
(Lawrence was still trying to take out Candidate Gore in mid-October 2000. In the end, he and the others succeeded. People are dead all over the world because of what Lawrence did. Today, Lawrence is a pseudo-lib god. It’s the way we pseudos roll.)
Presumably, some Republican and conservative entities want to take Christie out, just like the DNC does. (Could the Wall Street Journal be part of that crowd?) If these entities all agree to keep talking about the way “Christie World” is displaying “their” guilt, there is no way Christie, or anyone else, can make these entities stop.
Last summer, Christie stole $12 million from New Jersey taxpayers. He committed this act of theft in broad daylight.
People like Lawrence just diddled themselves. To our ear, the Dorchester puppy has started to play you again.
How fake is Rachel Maddow: On Tuesday night, Rachel told you a story. She said Politico had finally reported about the bridge.
Yesterday, we noted that this statement wasn’t true. As you know, Rachel tends to be like that.
We linked to Politico's original report about the bridge, a report from December 12. We just noticed this other report from December 16, in which Politico reported the fact that Governor Cuomo had supported Christie’s statement about that phone call.
This report appeared on Monday afternoon. Tuesday night, Maddow linked to a different, later report, saying it was Politico’s first.
Maybe Rachel didn’t know. How much are you willing to bet?