NYT public editor: We really mishandled that Christie ‘bombshell’ story, huh?

posted at 2:41 pm on February 4, 2014 by Guy Benson

It turns out that making “dozens” of on-the-fly revisions to politically-charged scoops without alerting readers to the alterations isn’t kosher journalism, even at the New York Times.  Public editor Margaret Sullivan:

But what about a case in which an early version of a story says something that proves to be, if not untrue, then at least overstated? That happened at The Times on Friday… Later, within the hour, the story was changed to soften the wording from “had the evidence” to “evidence exists.” Breaking news alerts had gone out immediately after the first version was posted, which meant that many people read the initial article with its stronger wording. I asked the Metro editor, Wendell Jamieson, why there was no correction or note. “We made dozens of changes to this story, and it’s all happening live in front of the reader,” he said. “The story probably went through two dozen versions.” Editors can’t be expected to describe each one of those changes, he said…My take: This change was more than a nuance. Acknowledging that could have taken the form of a straightforward correction. The change also could have been explained in an editor’s note or could even have been acknowledged in a sentence in the body of the article…It would have been the right thing to do. Some sort of notice was due to the reader that the initial story had changed in a substantial way.

The paper’s final headline eventually read, “Christie linked to knowledge of shut lanes ” — an appropriately muddled version of a tortured formulation delivered by a desperate man’s attorney. That man, David Wildstein, is now seeing his credibility questioned by anti-Christie Democrats, including the former state party chairman who’s leading Trenton’s investigation into ‘Bridgegate.’  John Wisniewski told Meet the Press host David Gregory that he’s seen no evidence implicating Christie, or proving that the governor has contradicted himself.  And yes, he conceded, Wildstein’s claims are a tad suspicious.  Why? Because the evidence the former Port Authority official turned over to the special committee didn’t include any corroboration of his lawyer’s new “bombshell” assertions.  Meanwhile, Team Christie’s biggest misstep in their push-back efforts was an over-the-top attack on Wildstein’s character, citing evidence as far back as high school.  WaPo’s Chris Cillizza is right about this:

Why, regardless of the reasons, is Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey and a serious candidate for president in two years, picking on what one of his appointees did in high school? And that question becomes even more perplexing when you consider that Christie is trying to beat back the idea that he is a bully and fostered that sort of bullying mentality in his administration. Look, we get why Christie put this memo out. He wanted to slam the Times for making a big deal out of something he and his team don’t believe is that big a deal. And he wants to make sure his friends and allies as well as the media and the donor community know that Wildstein is desperately looking for a way out of his role in Bridge-gate. But there’s a far better way to do that. How about releasing a statement that says “David Wildstein is making allegations about me and my administration that are simply not true. He is doing so to save himself — simple and plain.”  Instead, Christie put out a memo savaging Wildstein for things that happened three decades ago and, to be frank, don’t even seem like all that big of a deal.

In fairness to the Christie camp, it must be mighty frustrating to watch the media at work.  They ran breathless front-page coverage of terrible allegations from Hoboken’s Mayor, then largely ignored the rapid unraveling of her story.  CNN’s investigative team finally picked up on the glaring contradictions this week, as has Fox, but most of the drive-by crowd is long gone.  And now, an uniquely maddening lefty/media mindset is beginning to take hold on the bridge kerfuffle: Facts are becoming irrelevant.  Here’s Paul Krugman declaring that regardless of what the evidence shows, Christie’s in a lose-lose scenario:

“I think Christie was the one guy that really scared them for 2016,” he said of Democrats. “I mean, Christie is in a no-win situation, even if there isn’t any smoking gun.

This frightening sentiment is reminiscent of the “analysis” we heard in the wake of a similar hit job against Mitt Romney.  In support of their own lies about Romney’s record at Bain Capital, the Obama campaign loudly accused Romney of being either a liar or a “felon.”  Fact-checkers came out of the woodwork to rebuke Stephanie Cutter smears, but Politico wasn’t swayed.  A larger narrative had taken root, you see, in which the truth was a mere afterthought:

The problem for the Romney campaign, when it comes to the Bain issue, is that things are reaching the point where the facts don’t really matter. The bigger problem is that the Bain cloud now hanging over the former Massachusetts governor is growing daily, and the Romney campaign still hasn’t found a compelling way to respond to what’s becoming the driving narrative…

Democrats invented a story line, the details of which were sufficiently complicated and opaque as to confuse most people.  A controversy festered.  And boom, they had themselves a “driving narrative” about a “growing cloud,” or whatever.  It didn’t matter that it was pure BS; Politico even allowed for that possibility while asserting that the details were no longer important.  Allow me to close by reiterating a point MKH hinted at a few weeks back, aimed specifically at Christie’s conservative critics.  Even if you’re vehemently opposed to Christie as a possible presidential nominee, if Democrats and the press can destroy him with the “evidence” they’ve presented so far, they can and will do the same to your guy or gal.  Remember, setting his politics aside, Christie is undeniably one of the shrewdest Republican communicators on the scene today.  If our new reality is that demolishing a popular Republican is as simple as latching onto an existing flaw or dispute, then heaping on unsupported accusations and innuendo until his polls crash, every single member of the GOP field is screwed.  The truth must matter.

UPDATE - Almost forgot.  Guess who would like to inform America that Christie is done?  This guy:

[John] Podesta also said allegations that Governor Chris Christie knew about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge may be “a killer” to the New Jersey Republican’s presidential ambitions. “I don’t think there’s any coming back.”

That’s just your friendly neighborhood former (and future?) Clinton aide, and a current Obama adviser, folks.


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It would have been the right thing to do.

That would be rather novel, coming from the NYT’s.

GarandFan on February 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Even if you’re vehemently opposed to Christie as a possible presidential nominee, if Democrats and the press can destroy him with the “evidence” they’ve presented so far, they can and will do the same to your guy or gal.

I’ve been saying this since 2008, after witnessing the personal destruction politics played against Sarah Palin.

This is the new hammer in the Democrats toolbox. And everything looks like a GOP nail.

Chris of Rights on February 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Guy Benson has seemed desperate to help resuscitate and promote fellow illegal alien amnesty supporter Chris Chistie.

Pro-amnesty, Dem-lite Christie would lose to Hillary in a landslide.

bluegill on February 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

The NYT is the MSLSD of print media.

viking01 on February 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Even if you’re vehemently opposed to Christie as a possible presidential nominee, if Democrats and the press can destroy him with the “evidence” they’ve presented so far, they can and will do the same to your guy or gal.

-pro-amnesty Guy Benson

Funny, I don’t recall seeing many Establishment-supporting RINO’s around here repeatedly come out and strongly defend Cruz and other conservatives against ridiculous left-wing media attacks.

bluegill on February 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

“Christie is undeniably one of the shrewdest Republican communicators on the scene today.”

Speak for yourself. I live in New Jersey. This fat POS hasn’t done diddly squat except bully people. Oh yeah, did I mention my property taxes rose 20% in ONE year because of this guy and his “new math”. In the meantime, NJ is ranked on the bottom of the economic ranking ladder.

So go ahead, keep talking like this guy is your saviour. I dare you.

el hombre on February 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Funny, I don’t recall seeing many Establishment-supporting RINO’s around here repeatedly come out and strongly defend Cruz and other conservatives against ridiculous left-wing media attacks.

bluegill on February 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

“Cruz dined with McCain at the posh Capital Grille steakhouse. He cracked jokes with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) at last week’s State of the Union.”

“In an olive branch to his colleagues, Cruz privately assured them he wouldn’t raise money for a conservative group attacking GOP senators.”

“I like Ted,” Graham gushed last week. “And I think the confrontational style has been mitigated a bit. That’s not saying he’s abandoned what he believes, but I think he’s adjusted, and people who are smart enough to adjust will do very well.”

Seems to be Cruz is getting awfully friendly with those Establishment RINOs. You must not be too happy.

GOPRanknFile on February 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

The NYT–These aren’t your amateur, pajama-wearing journalists, these are the real professional journalists.

vityas on February 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

If our new reality is that demolishing a popular Republican is as simple as latching onto an existing flaw or dispute, then heaping on unsupported accusations and innuendo until his polls crash, every single member of the GOP field is screwed.

How popular is Christie outside of New Jersey? The reality is that the fat man went out there and endorsed Obama on the eve of the 2012 elections. The reality is that he is a petty bully. The reality is that he is being pushed on us all as the “future of the GOP” by the left-wingers who want Christie to be Killary’s opponent in 2016 and by establishment surrender weasels who sees him as electable because he’s a liberal and hates “tea baggers” almost as much has they do.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

“Gee thanks” said Krisp.

The lefties are always really really sorry AFTER they’ve destroyed you.

Bishop on February 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I’m not a fan of Christie or his policies but the lynching done by the media over the past 3+ weeks has been despicable.

Neither facts nor truth matter to these POS’s. It’s all about trying to destroy anyone not on their “team”.

HumpBot Salvation on February 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Speak for yourself. I live in New Jersey. This fat POS hasn’t done diddly squat except bully people. Oh yeah, did I mention my property taxes rose 20% in ONE year because of this guy and his “new math”. In the meantime, NJ is ranked on the bottom of the economic ranking ladder.

So go ahead, keep talking like this guy is your saviour. I dare you.

el hombre on February 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

But… but…but He’s stronger than the storm or something!

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM

bluegill on February 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

+ aleph1

PackerBronco on February 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Mishandled? When the goal was burying Christie under the sheer weight of bad press, thus pushing him permanently into the category of politically radioactive. Seems the mission was accomplished. Meanwhile Pro-immigration reform Rubio is back up to bat. The Chamber of Commerce really does control the GOP and the media both. Immigration reform is coming and conservative whites are just going to have to decide whether their vote for the GOP matters at all. Welcome to the position black voters face with the Democratic party.

libfreeordie on February 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Tears for the Fat Man?

Nah.

Bruno Strozek on February 4, 2014 at 2:59 PM

“Gee thanks” said Krisp.

The lefties are always really really sorry AFTER they’ve destroyed you.

Bishop on February 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

That doesn’t come until after they built you up, endorsed you in the primaries, and praised you as a great leader capable of building bipartisan support.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Why, regardless of the reasons, is Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey and a serious candidate for president in two years, picking on what one of his appointees did in high school?

Because Christie has the maturity of an adolescent. He said he “cried” when his rock idol personally called him.

A middle-aged man with a wife, kids, and a job with serious responsibilities talks like that? Or actually cries when an aging rocker give him a few minutes on the phone?

Wethal on February 4, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Immigration reform is coming and conservative whites are just going to have to decide whether their vote for the GOP matters at all.

libfreeordie on February 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

The time for immigration reform was when Democrats had 60 votes in the Senate and control of the House in 2009.

sentinelrules on February 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Benson reads like a tad bit more optimistic Allahpundit – another Christie lover.

sentinelrules on February 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Allow me to close by reiterating a point MKH hinted at a few weeks back, aimed specifically at Christie’s conservative critics. Even if you’re vehemently opposed to Christie as a possible presidential nominee, if Democrats and the press can destroy him with the “evidence” they’ve presented so far, they can and will do the same to your guy or gal. Remember, setting his politics aside, Christie is undeniably one of the shrewdest Republican communicators on the scene today. If our new reality is that demolishing a popular Republican is as simple as latching onto an existing flaw or dispute, then heaping on unsupported accusations and innuendo until his polls crash, every single member of the GOP field is screwed. The truth must matter.

Hyperbolic hyperbole. Bain didn’t kill Romney, but this might kill Christie. Why? Because it actually happened. The only open question is whether or not Christie encouraged or ordered it. And Romney killed Romney with his milquetoast personality, and uninspiring “conservative” message. I think you should be more concerned with your willingness to so readily accept NYT hit pieces as fact.

NotCoach on February 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

…the NYT is just a slut!…with an uncontrollable fatal social disease!

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Mishandled? When the goal was burying Christie under the sheer weight of bad press, thus pushing him permanently into the category of politically radioactive. Seems the mission was accomplished. Meanwhile Pro-immigration reform Rubio is back up to bat. The Chamber of Commerce really does control the GOP and the media both. Immigration reform is coming and conservative whites are just going to have to decide whether their vote for the GOP matters at all. Welcome to the position black voters face with the Democratic party.

libfreeordie on February 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

There is a major flaw in your thinking: We are race obsessed racists like yourself.

NotCoach on February 4, 2014 at 3:05 PM

HumpBot Salvation on February 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

what he said

who reads the NYTs for news?

Christie…meh

DanMan on February 4, 2014 at 3:07 PM

There is a major flaw in your thinking: We are aren’t race obsessed racists like yourself.

NotCoach on February 4, 2014 at 3:05 PM

NotCoach on February 4, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Fish wrap

Bmore on February 4, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Immigration reform is coming and conservative whites are just going to have to decide whether their vote for the GOP matters at all.

libfreeordie on February 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM
The time for immigration reform was when Democrats had 60 votes in the Senate and control of the House in 2009.

sentinelrules on February 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Immigration would have been the better long-term choice for the Dems because they would have gotten millions of new Dem voters in the end, which would have delayed universal health care, but possibly made it more achievable.

But I expect Obama wanted universal health care as his legacy (along with FDR doing SS and LBJ Medicare). Obama wanted to be the third man in the Dem trinity lauded by all the lefty historians, so they went with his short-term goal. He is such a narcissist that he didn’t care about the Dems long-term fortunes. He’s not running for office again, so why should he care about the party he used to achieve his idea of personal greatness.

And since he hasn’t enforced provisions of Obamcare, he has made it harder to pass immigration with any kind of enforcement language. Assuming the conservatives can stop amnesty before the election, the Dems running on Obamacare votes and away from the One should be a schadenfreulich, popcorn-munching fun time.

Wethal on February 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Absolutely true!

Also, with regard to this post, Guy Benson has been a Christie fanboy and apologist for a while now ( http://m.townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2013/02/27/a-defense-of-chris-christie-n1521788 ).

bluegill on February 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Why, regardless of the reasons, is Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey and a serious candidate for president in two years, picking on what one of his appointees did in high school?

Well, the President of the United States of America, while a serious candidate for re-election, was picking on what his opponent may or may not have done to someone’s hair in middle school, so I mean, the precedent has been set.

Washington Nearsider on February 4, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Mishandled? When the goal was burying Christie under the sheer weight of bad press, thus pushing him permanently into the category of politically radioactive. Seems the mission was accomplished.

libfreeordie on February 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

You take a lot of heat around here but I’ll say one thing for you–it’s refreshing to have a lib who freely admits the MSM is nothing more than a corrupt lying propaganda arm of the Democrat party.

Kataklysmic on February 4, 2014 at 3:12 PM

bluegill on February 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Tweet this one to Guy gilled one.

Bmore on February 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Senate passes farm bill, 68-32; bill now heads to President Obama for signature – @ChadPergram

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Mishandled??

Heck, no. You were quite good in your usual role as a meme pushing propagandist for the democrat party.

locomotivebreath1901 on February 4, 2014 at 3:17 PM

The truth must matter.

What planet are you from? For the NIV (no information voter) this is all they need.

Walter L. Newton on February 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM

You take a lot of heat around here but I’ll say one thing for you–it’s refreshing to have a lib who freely admits the MSM is nothing more than a corrupt lying propaganda arm of the Democrat party Multi-national corporations.

Kataklysmic on February 4, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Almost right:)

libfreeordie on February 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Gee, Guy, take a chill pill.

Allow me to close by reiterating a point MKH hinted at a few weeks back, aimed specifically at Christie’s conservative critics. Even if you’re vehemently opposed to Christie as a possible presidential nominee, if Democrats and the press can destroy him with the “evidence” they’ve presented so far, they can and will do the same to your guy or gal.

We are well aware of that. Christie is the one who made the mistake of thinking he could be buddies with the media cabal, and now he’s all butt-hurt when they turn on him.

To that, I can only say “Welcome to the party, pal”.

Bitter Clinger on February 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Well, the President of the United States of America, while a serious candidate for re-election, was picking on what his opponent may or may not have done to someone’s hair in middle school, so I mean, the precedent has been set.

Washington Nearsider on February 4, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Except, of course, Obama never said a thing about the bullying incident. Christie basically said “he wasn’t popular and I was.” Like…really dude? but you hired him…

libfreeordie on February 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Why, regardless of the reasons, is Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey and a serious candidate for president in two years, picking on what one of his appointees did in high school?

Because he sees Democrats do precisely that all the time and it invariably works well for them.

Fabozz on February 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Chris Christie was born as a media-creation, and he’ll die as a media-creation.

Stoic Patriot on February 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Amazing how the NY Times never flubs a cover-up for the Kenyan Dictator?

viking01 on February 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM

vince foster and four americans killed in Benghazi unavailable for comment—ny times
/sarc

jafo on February 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Democratic party.

libfreeordie on February 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

libdie, you dumbass! Need I re-direct your attention to the ‘Rat convention and the vote to eliminate God? You can talk ‘democratIC’ all you want, then.

Lanceman on February 4, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Always good to see the Times maintaining its reporting standards.

http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2004/10/27/liar-liar-al-qaqaa-pants-on-fire/

cbenoistd on February 4, 2014 at 3:29 PM

So many keep braying and spraying, trying ever so earnestly to make this a shocking, national news story. And yet, it all seems so … provincial. That may seem an odd term to use for ‘big doings’ in the politithedral that is the NYC-DC corridor, but Christie is nothing more than a blue RINO governor in a blue as baboon’s butt state.

And that is just where he and this story should remain.

M240H on February 4, 2014 at 3:29 PM

The NYTimes knew it was wrong … some time along the way.

J_Crater on February 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Almost right:)

libfreeordie on February 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Well if that’s true those multi-national corporations certainly seem to favor Democrats.

Kataklysmic on February 4, 2014 at 3:40 PM

I’m resigned to the fact that no matter who the Republicans nominate, the media will destroy that candidate to usher in their Democrat hero.

That’s pretty much the 2016 Presidential election in a nutshell.

Convince me that I’m wrong.

Clink on February 4, 2014 at 3:23 PM

If you are right it’s the best argument yet for running Sarah Palin against Hillary.

She’s already been destroyed by the MSM, but she’s still here.

Of course the GOP Ruling Class wants Mittens to give it another go, so there’s that too…

Bruno Strozek on February 4, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Gov. Chris Christie is consistently speaking with the conviction of a man who believes that he has done nothing wrong. Since his side of the story has been so consistent, I am inclined to believe Gov. Christie.

It is time for Investigative Journalists to start investigating the people who have accused Gov. Christie.

- Did the accusers recieve any financial benefit for making the accusations?

- What are the connections between the accusers and the Democrat Party and/or the Obama Adminstration?

- Was any pressure applied to the accusers to make the accusations?

I am beginning to suspect that the bigger story here, is how one set of political opponents can work together to try to destroy a potential political candidate on the other side of the political aisle.

Republicans need to learn how to defend themselves in a world where “thug politics” is becoming the new normal.

wren on February 4, 2014 at 3:51 PM

The terrible comparison of Bridgegate to Benghazi is so sickening that it makes me dizzy to consider it. Imagine the two pictures, side be side, of Stevens naked body being dragged through the rubble while being poked and manhandled by terrorists and the backup of traffic at the bridge! Where in the hell are the journalists and people with any common sense? Do they not see one is a terrorist murder and the other an inconvenience? For once in my life when talking about bridgegate, I can actually use Hillary’s statement, “At this point in time, what difference does it make?”.

inspectorudy on February 4, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Wow.

I never knew that “journalism” and sausage-making had so much in common.

Thanks, New York Times!!

dissent555 on February 4, 2014 at 3:54 PM

When will Rs start playing hardball when this kind of thing happens with the press? Also you must be smarter and not tell stories about high school exploits geesh! This is the reality for the GOP so wise up. When the msm smears go on Fox. When it comes time for debates don’t agree on s Candy Crowley lefty hack to act as moderator. Ask for Brit Bauer or Brit Hume instead. Wise up GOP these folks will destroy you while allowing Ds to get away with bloody murder.

neyney on February 4, 2014 at 3:59 PM

They will destroy any threat to the power of the Dems, with whatever lie is necessary. The left and its agents (the press) are despicable. May they rot in hell.

idalily on February 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Another case where the media doesn’t have to destroy a Republican contender… Look at all you anti-Christie haters go!!

DamnYankee on February 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

NYT public editor: We really mishandled that Christie ‘bombshell’ story, huh?

Translation: DAMMIT !! Who is the big mouth that let this slip ?? Doesn’t anyone here follow SOP anymore ? If we could have sat on this another two years, we could have helped CC to be nominated for POTUS and then pulled the rug out from under him with juicy tidbit ! D’OH !!!!!

cableguy615 on February 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Another case where the media doesn’t have to destroy a Republican contender… Look at all you anti-Christie haters go!!

DamnYankee on February 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Don’t fret Yank! I am sure the Establishment is working around the clock to promote another “electable” squish to run in ’16. Jeb maybe ?

cableguy615 on February 4, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Speak for yourself. I live in New Jersey. This fat POS hasn’t done diddly squat except bully people. Oh yeah, did I mention my property taxes rose 20% in ONE year because of this guy and his “new math”. In the meantime, NJ is ranked on the bottom of the economic ranking ladder.

So go ahead, keep talking like this guy is your saviour. I dare you.

el hombre on February 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

What a cry baby. Christie has nothing to do with your property taxes. That’s up to the town you live in. And Christie can’t force property taxes down. That’s a job for town councils or state congressmen. You must be a NJ democrap, riiight? If not, you pulled a page out of the democrap smear book.

timberline on February 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

First of all, there should be universal demands from all Republicans now for Kate Zernike to be either fired or permanently removed from this story. She’s been an unpaid PR flack for Obama and designated hatchet artist against conservatives since 2008, but this incident is really beyond the pale. When I read the first iteration of it I was furious at the blatantly misleading headline as well as the language in the story. Shame on us if we let this “paper of record” get away with such shoddy tabloid crap. And yes they WILL do the same thing to YOUR candidate, unless something is done to stop them.

Second of all, I do hope this puts to bed the nonsense that the MSM was ever picking Chris Christie as the GOP nominee in 2016. They have done every bit the drive-by hatchet job on him that they did on Mitt Romney. They will do the same to every potential GOP contender until they get the nominee they DO want – either Ted Cruz or Rand Paul. They are detrmined to make this election about The Gigantic Horror Tea Party Extremists Who Have Hijacked The Republican Party. That’s the only way Hillary (Accomplishments? What accomplishments?) Clinton can win. And they’re all-in for Hillary. She cannot beat a Governor with real accomplishments who is not a fire-breathing Tea Partier or does not have connections with neo-Confederates.

Now that they have finished off Christie, look for the next target, I am guessing probably Scott Walker.

rockmom on February 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Fact-checkers came out of the woodwork to rebuke Stephanie Cutter smears, but Politico wasn’t swayed. A larger narrative had taken root, you see, in which the truth was a mere afterthought:

Facts never derail a media narrative. never.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

“Shut up, lady!”

- nyt editors

Ward Cleaver on February 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM

In fairness to the Christie camp, it must be mighty frustrating to watch the media at work.

And the conservative bloggers on this site…

But they did their damage, most of the mindless “conservatives” on this site jumped on the band wagon and stood by the NYT and the rest of the media.

right2bright on February 5, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Another case where the media doesn’t have to destroy a Republican contender… Look at all you anti-Christie haters go!!

DamnYankee on February 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Amen!!

right2bright on February 5, 2014 at 8:45 AM

It’s long past time when true Americans stop giving the NYT a pass and start continually giving it a black eye without ceasing until they are unable to continue their evil; unfortunately most today are too cowardly to call it the evil that it is and even turn on those who know it and call it such, in order to cover up their own spinelessness and lack of principle.

russedav on April 24, 2014 at 4:08 PM

If our new reality is that demolishing a popular Republican is as simple as latching onto an existing flaw or dispute, then heaping on unsupported accusations and innuendo until his polls crash, every single member of the GOP field is screwed. The truth must matter.

Every truCon-approved candidate for real conservatives will have been Chris Christied by 11-2015. The final line-up will consist of the ones who only entered the race to support their media careers.

I gave up. You should too.

eh on September 19, 2014 at 2:32 AM