Bill Maher: Even I can’t take any more of this endless MSNBC feeding frenzy over Chris Christie and Bridgegate

posted at 11:21 am on February 18, 2014 by Allahpundit

When you’ve lost Bill Maher, you’ve lost smug-middle-aged-liberal-TV-host America.

How long before Bob Costas turns on them too?

Whatever we had is not working any more. You’re obviously interested in another man: Chris Christie. You’re obsessed with him. So I wanted you to hear it from me first. I’m going to start seeing other news organizations. I’ll miss what we had. It was a rocket ship ride. We were both passionate flaming liberals and we didn’t care what the world thought of us. It was a glorious time. We finished each other’s Sarah Palin jokes. But now we never talk about any of the things we used to talk about: global warming, gun control, poverty… All because Chris Christie came along and put you under his spell.

Look at yourself. You’re turning into Fox News. Bridgegate has become your Benghazi, and this isn’t easy to say, but you and I are no longer on the same news cycle. Sure, you read me the results of a recent Gallup poll, but you never really ask me how I’m feeling. It’s not you, it’s… Chris Christie.

You’ve stopped leaning forward.

Oh, come on. MSNBC’s still ladling out plenty of slop for its longtime fans. Just a few hours before Maher penned his break-up note, Chris Matthews was babbling about the GOP becoming Jefferson Davis’s party. And sometimes the heavy Bridgegate coverage is strategic, to the exclusion of less palatable topics. Remember when Obama delayed the employer mandate again last week? You don’t if you’re an MSNBC viewer.

It’s easy to mock them for Bridgegate fee-vah, partly because of the ridiculous breathlessness of it and partly because their motives in wanting to take him down before 2016 are so transparent. Two points in their defense, though. One: They’re giving the (liberal) people what they want. On Monday, February 3rd, the night that O’Reilly aired part two of his Super Bowl interview with Obama, MSNBC nonetheless beat three out of four Fox News shows in primetime in the 25-54 demo by focusing on Christie. (O’Reilly’s show was the sole winner on Fox.) Liberals have been playing defense for Obama for a long, long time. Must feel good to them to be able to punch a big name on the other side in the face for awhile. Two: Bridgegate is a rare case where the network actually broke some news. Their own CEO has warned reporters in the past that they’re … not really in the news business anymore. They’re in the progressive slop business — until recently, when Christie handed them this. Turns out viewers like tuning in not knowing if maybe there’ll be new dirt dished on Christie rather than just another hour of Chris Hayes finger-wagging about income inequality or whatever. Who knew?

Does anyone on our side care about this anymore, incidentally? Christie fans don’t, I think, because they concluded weeks ago that there’s no there there. No one has the goods on Christie himself. Christie haters don’t care care because they’ve also reached a conclusion, namely that he’s too badly damaged at this point to be a serious threat for the nomination. They’re happy to have lefty media continue to take a wrecking ball to him but there’s no need. They think he’s sunk.


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Meanwhile the war on women continues, from the left.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Brian Terry and Chris Stevens unavailable for comment.

rbj on February 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Don’t forget that they lost this one too.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Meanwhile the goons in Venezuela are arresting the opposition leaders and obama swings golf balls, the eternal eunuch.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM

You’ve stopped leaning forward.

I want to make a joke out of this, butt I will restrain myself…

Kraken on February 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I can’t stand Chris Christie and saw the first part of Rachel Maddow last night where there is sworn testimony now from drivers on the bridge that Port Authority officials actually approached stalled cars and instructed drivers to “call the Mayor about this, it’s his fault.”
We’re supposed to ignore corruption just because it’s him? I think he’s a bald faced L I A R liar.

Marcus on February 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Turns out viewers like tuning in not knowing if maybe there’ll be new dirt dished on Christie rather than just another hour of Guy Benson’s good friend Chris Hayes finger-wagging about income inequality or whatever. Who knew?

FIFY, AP.

steebo77 on February 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Maher is about as vapid and irrelevant as MSDNC is….

…Maher is Michael Moore, without the obesity.

Athos on February 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Meanwhile obama is a racist president. It’s all on topic…squirrels all around, to cover up obama’s Adolfean measures.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

What makes MSNBC’s obsession with trashing Christie especially hilarious is that he is one of their own.

By his own admission, Christie is a raging liberal, and yes, he SUNK himself, long before anyone had ever heard about “Bridgegate”.

Pork-Chop on February 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Once again, HotAir keeps up apprised of the goings-on of a channel nobody watches.

Bitter Clinger on February 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

What’s funny is that the libs don’t realize that most of us are done with Christie as well.

VegasRick on February 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Maher is still a smug jerk of the first order.

SC.Charlie on February 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

I love it.

“traffic study”
Any written correspondence about a “traffic study” before the closure? Nope.
Any written “traffic study” period? Nope.

Marcus on February 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Bill Maher’s a drag. A well-known drag. I turn the sound down when his ugly face comes on and say rude things.

otlset on February 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Meanwhile the CIO of the OR obama’care’ swindled 160 million out of your taxes, created a face front site, just to swindle more dough out of you…put 10 million into fake advertisements for a dead site, which hasn’t signed up a single person…

Squirrels in the media and at NBC.

p.s. the Pig Jennings said yesterday “Leno passed the baton to…” No, he didn’t. He as fired, you lying sack of shit.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

What Maher is thinking is that they should wait until Christie gets the nomination before overexposing this issue.

Fenris on February 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

created a face fake front site

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

The Maddow women in the photo used for this post. Does she always wear a suit and a tie?

Bmore on February 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I love it.

“traffic study”
Any written correspondence about a “traffic study” before the closure? Nope.
Any written “traffic study” period? Nope.

Marcus on February 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

The parents of the Benghazi 4 don’t think that the traffic jam was a very big deal. What say you?

VegasRick on February 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Can’t believe I’m agreeing with Maher….. I switched over last night and tingles started his show on Christie. Quickly switched back on Greta

cmsinaz on February 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Why would Hot Air give Bill Mayer an ounce of credibility by posting an article featuring his opinion on anything?

mobydutch on February 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

sworn testimony now from drivers on the bridge that Port Authority officials actually approached stalled cars and instructed drivers to “call the Mayor about this, it’s his fault.”

HAHA…well if these officials were contacted directly by Christie let them feel free to come out and testify to that. I’ve been told by city/construction workers to “Call the mayor and complain”, “Call my lawyer” and “Bite me”. I took all of those as them responding sarcastically…but maybe there was actually some evil, deep, dark conspiracy at work there!

nextgen_repub on February 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

CRISTie isn’t damaged because of Bridgegate. He’s damaged because he alienated the very base he needs in order to have a prayer of winning a general election. The Obama smoochfest, the trashing of House Republicans over the Sandy pork bill, and his left-of-center positions on numerous issues made him a flawed candidate long before the Bridgegate story broke.

Doughboy on February 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Results for #Bridgegate

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Bridgegate&src=hash

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Link from Drudge Report:

http://www.myfoxny.com/story/24746649/nj-salt-shortage-continues

A delightful story about how traffic in New Jersey is suffering because Homeland Security has blocked a shipment of road ice.

Is the Obama administration conspiring to cause traffic delays in a state run by a Republican governor?

pilsener on February 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

The Christie coverage is like one of the big foot shows. They try to make it interesting, but at the end, still no big foot, again. All they need to add is a tent next to the bridge and some night vision shots.

forest on February 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM

+1 doughboy

cmsinaz on February 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Does anyone on our side care about this anymore, incidentally? Christie fans don’t, I think, because they concluded weeks ago that there’s no there there. No one has the goods on Christie himself. Christie haters don’t care care because they’ve also reached a conclusion, namely that he’s too badly damaged at this point to be a serious threat for the nomination.

I’m very “meh” on the whole issue. Bridgegate looks like small potatoes compared to what I see regularly in Chicago. And while I’m hardly a Christie hater, I’d rather not see him run for president. We can have only 1 president at a time, but there are 50 states out there that need governors. Christie seems well-suited to be Governor of New Jersey, so let’s hope he realizes that New Jersey is where he should stay.

JimLennon on February 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM

A delightful story about how traffic in New Jersey is suffering because Homeland Security has blocked a shipment of road ice.

Is the Obama administration conspiring to cause traffic delays in a state run by a Republican governor?

pilsener on February 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Were any ambulances delayed? This could have caused a fatality!

forest on February 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Bill Maher’s relevance falls somewhere LESS than old bubble gum stuck underneath filthy bar stools

WHY give this LOSER any PUB at all is the question

Katfish on February 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

1. Maher is saying what he is paid to say.

2. We don’t have any use for Christie anyway. He might as well be a Democrat.

3. Fox reports ALL the news even what the socialists don’t want us to hear. But when they started focusing totally on Christie I turned them off and haven’t gone back. I get bored easily.

crankyoldlady on February 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Were any ambulances delayed? This could have caused a fatality!

forest on February 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

No. BUT! there was a mother that was 10 minutes late picking up her son who had a cold and a slight fever and……….so news at 11, 12, 1am, the next morning, all day the next day, in depth coverage on mslsd, cnn……………

VegasRick on February 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Yet, Maher’s obsession with racism is so fresh and steeped in facts

rik on February 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

US Attorney for NJ is investigating Governor Christie’s office for using Sandy Federal Aid dollars as political slush fund. That is the bigger story you are avoiding. Potential RICO case.

Bridgegate is small potatoes compared to Sandy aid corruption.

Might_Is_Right on February 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Christie haters don’t care care because they’ve also reached a conclusion

They are more passionate :)

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Christie should change his name to Koch and watch the lefties explode…

DimsdalePiranha on February 18, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Can Maher & MSNBC please kill each other? That’s the only news I’d want to hear about them at Hot Gas.

Oh, and we got a troll in the house. Have fun!

22044 on February 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM

MSNBC is a LifeBoat to Hopeys Titanic!
Or not!!

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Phoney scandal

The Notorious G.O.P on February 18, 2014 at 12:12 PM

I can’t figure out why HA and other conservative blogs and talk shows report on what MSNBC says about anything. Based on ratings, regurgitating what they say is the only way anyone knows what they say. As far as Bill Maher is concerned, he should know that MSNBC takes their marching orders from the DNC and White House, so they are going to take precedence over him.

lea on February 18, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Bill Maher’s a drag. A well-known drag. I turn the sound down when his ugly face comes on and say rude things.

otlset on February 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

He really is ugly. He appears to have a few more Neanderthal genes in him than normal modern humans.

slickwillie2001 on February 18, 2014 at 12:13 PM

canopfor on February 18, 2014 at 12:07 PM

you know it C

cmsinaz on February 18, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Intellectual Dishonesty at it’s most depraved, correlating the Murder of an Ambassador with a Traffic Jam in city that’s one never-ending Traffic Jam.

JackBissell on February 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I think Hot Air is giving people like Bill Maher and Jon Stewart too much attention. Both of them are like broken clocks who are only occasionally correct. Especially in the case of Bill Maher, a real blowhard and troll, ignoring him is one’s best recourse.

So, I’m taking my own advice and bailing out of this thread before it gives me piles.

xNavigator on February 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Hey otlset. Love the Hard Days Night reference.

“She looks more like him than I do.”

GreenBlade on February 18, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Bill Maher is a mixer…A King mixer.

GreenBlade on February 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

If the Libs are going to have a barney I’ll hold the coats.

GreenBlade on February 18, 2014 at 12:47 PM

xNavigator on February 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

I agree. I find them both horribly boring and unfunny. However, I have a fondness for broken clocks, so ” watch” it.

rik on February 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM

US Attorney for NJ is investigating Governor Christie’s office for using Sandy Federal Aid dollars as political slush fund. That is the bigger story you are avoiding. Potential RICO case.

Bridgegate is small potatoes compared to Sandy aid corruption.

Might_Is_Right on February 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Get the gov’t out of the “aid” business. Amirite?

Murphy9 on February 18, 2014 at 12:59 PM

The parents of the Benghazi 4 don’t think that the traffic jam was a very big deal. What say you?
VegasRick on February 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

You think by not defending Christie I’m in line with Benghazi?! Hilarious. And if you think Fatso from New Jersey would be the one to actually GO after Hillary on Benghazi…..oh brother.

Marcus on February 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM

You’re turning into Fox News.

Considering that MSNBC folks are continuously having to attempt to explain to people how they’re different from Fox News (aside from politics and ratings), I think Maher might be late to the party in noticing that MSNBC has wanted to “turn into Fox News” for quite some time now.

calbear on February 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM

The Maddow women in the photo used for this post. Does she always wear a suit and a tie?

Bmore on February 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Yes, she tries very hard to emulate her big brother, Rachael.

They’re very close.

Solaratov on February 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Well, Christie is lucky. If MSNBC is obsessed with something, does anyone know about it?

besser tot als rot on February 18, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Considering that MSNBC folks are continuously having to attempt to explain to people how they’re different from Fox News (aside from politics and ratings), I think Maher might be late to the party in noticing that MSNBC has wanted to “turn into Fox News” for quite some time now.

calbear on February 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM

You have an insanely queer view of the world.

Murphy9 on February 18, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Bill Maher: Even I can’t take any more of this endless MSNBC feeding frenzy over Chris Christie and Bridgegate

Contrary to Karl Rove’s position that the Democrats “fear” Christie, when the loony left is protecting Chris Christie it’s proof positive that they want him on the ballot because he’ll be easy to beat in a national race.

RJL on February 18, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Bill Maher is a mixer…A King mixer.

GreenBlade on February 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

He’s probably out right now parading, and betraying a rich American widow!

otlset on February 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

How long before Bob Costas turns on them too?

…never!

KOOLAID2 on February 18, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Bridgegate has become your Benghazi,

One of these things is actually worth talking about.

Then again, Bill Maher never really thought it was that big of a deal when one of our ambassadors was killed.

Red Cloud on February 18, 2014 at 2:39 PM

We were both passionate flaming liberals …

When did he start admitting he was a flaming liberal? I confess I haven’t watched this twit for years, but he used to laughingly claim to be a libertarian, as I recall. Finally realized at some point that no one was buying it?

Midas on February 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Anyone who starred in a bad sub B-grade movie like Amazon Women of the Avocado Forest – his opinion can’t be taken seriously on any topic.

Bill Maher is just irrelevant.

Turtle317 on February 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM

As I mentioned before, a joke of a scandal, which will be far in the rear view mirror come 2016. Say what you will about Christie, is certainly knows how to handle his opponents, and the media way overplayed their hands on this, when even BILL MAHER of all people is admitting it!

Dr.B on February 18, 2014 at 3:05 PM

all christie has to do is to lay low and tell his staff to be nice to everyone (even if they are a-holes). The media has a very short memory and obama will screw it up again.

and this summer when the teaparty rallies start the dems will be running for the hills to get away from their disaaster of a law.

sniffles1999 on February 18, 2014 at 3:24 PM

MSNBC nonetheless beat three out of four Fox News shows in primetime in the 25-54 demo by focusing on Christie.

This is quite misleading. News is not like prime time television where the young demographic is the determinate for advertising dollars. Let’s take a look at total viewership.

The Kelly File, 2,686,000 viewers (35-64year olds) 906,000

Rachel Madcow, 1,367,000 viewers (35-64) 731,000

Hannity, 1,582,000 viewers (35-64) 640,000

Last Word with red faced O’Donnell, 1,098,000 (35-64) 542,000

So, as you can see Fox still blows away MSNBC in total viewership and 35-64 year old’s.

Capitalist Infidel on February 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM

I forgot to give the link. Here it is for Monday February 3rd.

Capitalist Infidel on February 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Marcus on February 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Um, two things, he’s the governor – they said call the mayor – that’s a she, and the correct target of blame.

PJ Emeritus on February 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM

We’re supposed to ignore corruption just because it’s him? I think he’s a bald faced L I A R liar.

Marcus on February 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Because Rachel is so honest…well at least we know where Marcus gets his information…

right2bright on February 18, 2014 at 4:38 PM

there’s no there there

Like I said.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 18, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Is MSNBC still a thing? Dirty Liberals!

Love,

Martin Bashir

Fathom on February 18, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Does Bill Maher snore ?

With a trombone like that it would be unnatural if he didn’t.

He’s a window rattler, son……..

DeweyWins on February 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Wait…so Benghazi = “Bridgegate” in Liberals eyes? Why am I not surprised.

trader67 on February 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I can’t stand Chris Christie and saw the first part of Rachel Maddow last night where there is sworn testimony now from drivers on the bridge that Port Authority officials actually approached stalled cars and instructed drivers to “call the Mayor about this, it’s his fault.”
We’re supposed to ignore corruption just because it’s him? I think he’s a bald faced L I A R liar.

Marcus on February 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

And yet, that still isn’t proof that Christie ordered it or even knew people in his employ had done it.

I don’t know if he did or if he didn’t, but those who are saying he did, have to PROVE he did, and this isn’t proof. Not even close.

– Smoov

Smoovious on February 19, 2014 at 3:56 PM