Why is scandal-plagued Andrew Cuomo not getting the Christie treatment in the press?

posted at 12:01 pm on August 6, 2014 by Noah Rothman

A prominent governor of a major Northeast state, a rising star within his party and someone who has made clear he has aspirations for the White House, is suddenly entangled by allegations of corruption which threaten to arrest his meteoric rise and might even prove to be the end of his political career. Sound familiar? No, not Chris Christie and the infamous “Bridge-gate,” but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who allegedly tried to tamper with his own anticorruption commission.

The situation Cuomo faces is, from a political perspective, strikingly similar to the predicament Christie contended with in late December and into January. Like Christie aide Bridget Kelly, a longtime Cuomo aide is now the focus of a federal investigation into the closure of the Moreland Commission.

“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s highest-ranking aide has agreed to meet with federal prosecutors this month as their investigation into the disbanding of an anticorruption commission intensifies, according to a person familiar with the matter,” The Wall Street Journal reported this weekend. “[Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz] was Mr. Cuomo’s conduit to the Moreland Commission, and it is his alleged actions that have served as the basis for accusations that the administration improperly interfered with the commission’s investigations, directing them away from any entities with ties to the governor.”

CBS News noted that Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has called the dissolution of the anticorruption panel Cuomo commissioned “premature.” Cuomo has retained counsel but continues to campaign for his reelection this fall.

Schwartz, who served as the governor’s primary liaison to the directive, is accused of meddling with the commission by urging members of the 25-member panel to steer clear of investigating entities with links to Cuomo.

In one instance, Schwartz asked a commissioner to withdraw a subpoena issued to Buying Time, a media-purchasing firm that had done work for Cuomo’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign. The subpoena was ultimately resent, which Cuomo has cited as proof that the commission acted independently of his office’s recommendations.

The New York Times reports other cases in which Schwartz interfered, though, including attempts to retract a subpoena to the Real Estate Board of New York, whose members financially backed the governor’s election bid. He also allegedly tried to guide the commission’s investigations away from the Committee to Save New York, a lobbying group that raised some $17 million for TV ads early in Cuomo’s term.

Conservatives have long been irked by the national media’s disproportionate focus on Christie’s political woes, especially when juxtaposed with the lack of attention the press devoted to a variety of matters of greater national significance. As early as January 9, for example, Newsbusters observed that the broadcast network newscasts had devoted 17 times more coverage to Christie’s bridge problems than they did to the IRS scandal (which remains a scandal in spite of the media’s best efforts to convince itself otherwise).

But the IRS scandal and “Bridge-gate” were distinct in a way that “Bridge-gate” and Cuomo’s political problems are not. The scandals surrounding Cuomo and Christie’s administrations are virtual mirror images of one another. Nearly all that distinguishes these two scandals from each other is the political media’s ravenous interest in one and utter indifference toward another.

On Tuesday, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg pointed out a City Journal piece composed by Walter Olson who determined that media bias is all that could possibly explain why this scandal has not received the same level of attention that “Bridge-gate” garnered.

“The Moreland story is still relatively new, but even by this time in the Bridgegate news cycle, the national media had produced perhaps 10 times as much coverage of Christie’s woes,” Olson wrote.

Here’s how all of this has played out. In the six days after disclosure of the Bridgegate emails, newspapers outside of New Jersey mentioned Christie and the bridge scandal more than 500 times. The matter attracted attention around the country, from the Visala Times-Delta in California to the Portland (Maine) Press Herald and the Bismarck (North Dakota) Tribune, according to the Nexis newspaper database. The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot ran five stories and one letter to the editor. According to transcripts of television and radio broadcasts collected by Nexis, the bridge scandal appeared hundreds more times on national broadcasts, led by CNN, which mentioned the story more than 100 times. While some of these were merely brief references during news roundups, the cable network also did numerous stories with headlines like, WHAT DID CHRISTIE KNOW?, CHRISTIE: I AM NOT A BULLY, PAYBACK POLITICS IN THE SPOTLIGHT, and FALLOUT IN NJ BRIDGE SCANDAL.

Now consider the treatment of Cuomo and the budding Moreland scandal. In the same number of days following the Times’s report, virtually all the coverage of the Moreland revelations has come from within New York State. While local papers have published about 140 stories, only about a dozen newspapers outside of New York have even mentioned the story, according to Nexis—including in neighboring states. Consider the response (or non-response) of the Washington Post. Five days after the Times’s bombshell story on Moreland, the Post ran a lengthy story about Christie’s trouble with New Jersey’s underfunded pensions, but had yet to run anything on the Moreland controversy. By contrast, five days after the Bridgegate emails had emerged, the Post’s reporters and columnists had cited the Christie scandal 35 times, in stories with headlines like, DAMAGED BRIDGE, N.J. BRIDGE DRAMA IS MADE-FOR-TV SCANDAL, and CHRIS CHRISTIE’S VERY SAD DAY. Similarly, despite the opening of an investigation into the Moreland matter by the U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, the episode has generated just 20 broadcast mentions, led by MSNBC, which has done half a dozen stories so far. It’s possible that more pieces from this period will appear in the broadcast database as they are transcribed, but the paltry number of broadcast stories up to now is consistent with the lack of interest the newspapers have shown.

Some have defended the media’s lack of coverage by suggesting that Christie, who was at the beginning of the year the Republican Party’s top contender for the presidency in 2016, deserved all the scrutiny he got. Goldberg found this explanation more damning than exculpatory:

Christie has not been exonerated, and the investigation into his and his staff’s behavior before and after the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge continues. But the political damage has been done. The feeding frenzy surrounding “Bridge-gate” transformed Christie from one of the GOP’s most electable 2016 prospects into just another in a field of Hillary Clinton’s potential rivals – and not even a particularly distinguished one. This was the media’s aim, and they succeeded in achieving it.

It is tacitly corrupt for the political press to justify the level of coverage it devotes to a scandal involving a politician based on his or her partisan affiliation and potential electability. The longer Cuomo’s scandal flies under the radar, the longer the media gestates a scandal of its own.


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It’s a mystery, huh?

Tard on August 6, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I didn’t have to read all the words to answer the question. Ignore the legacy media. Even better. Mock the legacy media. They hate us.

DanMan on August 6, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Laws are for little people and Republicans

abnormal_1 on August 6, 2014 at 12:07 PM

How could that be……? Tacitly corrupt…? LOL

d1carter on August 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

“Why is scandal-plagued Andrew Cuomo not getting the Christie treatment in the press?”

The MSM is fatcist?

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on August 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Did you know Hillary got a child rapist off by smearing the 12-year-old victim, then laughed about it ten years later?

John the Libertarian on August 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

In what is probably just s bizarre coincidence, I just read this
 

Looking at the just released ABC/Washington Post poll, which also has a solid reputation, we find that the Democratic Party is viewed favorably by 49 percent and the Republican Party at — hold your breath — 35 percent.

 
in another headline.

rogerb on August 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

BREAKING NEWS!!!: WATER IS WET!!!

FOWG1 on August 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

That’s a rhetorical headline, right?

Cindy Munford on August 6, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Wow, I’m shocked at this development.

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Bitter Clinger on August 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Why is scandal-plagued Andrew Cuomo not getting the Christie treatment in the press?

Why are you even wasting your time asking that question?

wifarmboy on August 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Well, Cuomo means well, so he gets a well-deserved pass.

Warner Todd Huston on August 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Why is it so difficult for HA bloggers to get the html right for facebook sharing? I’m not going to share this w/o headline and photo.

Connie on August 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Well duh, Cuomo is a lieberal Rat, not a lieberal Pubbie.

Steve Eggleston on August 6, 2014 at 12:18 PM

It is tacitly corrupt for the political press to justify the level of coverage it devotes to a scandal involving a politician based on his or her partisan affiliation and potential electability. The longer Cuomo’s scandal flies under the radar, the longer the media gestates a scandal of its own.

The intellectual, moral, and ethical bankruptcy of the majority of the mainstream media has been a scandal for decades. It’s not just their obvious bias and turn from reporting facts to advocacy, but also from the omission of their reports.

It’s reflected in the steady downward trend in their viewers, readers, subscribers, and painful financial results as their customers decide that their products are generally garbage.

We’ve known for a long time, when it comes to the media, there’s one set of rules for those with a ‘D’ after their names and those with a ‘R’ after their name.

This summer would have been Barack Obama’s version of Nixon’s summer of 1974 if the media was as focused on doing their job or bringing down a President as they were in 1974 given the scandals (Fast & Furious, IRS, VA, Immigration) and dismal economic performance of this Administration.

But since the majority of the media see their role as advocating the progressive-fascist agenda, spreading propaganda, and otherwise redefining history, we’re left with HA posts that highlight….

BREAKING NEWS!!!: WATER IS WET!!!

FOWG1 on August 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Athos on August 6, 2014 at 12:18 PM

DUH…..because Cuomo is a Democrat !

kjatexas on August 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

I’m still amazed an Obama U.S. attorney is going after Cuomo.

MTF on August 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

“I’m still amazed an Obama U.S. attorney is going after Cuomo”

Cuomo needn’t worry, Holder will tell that US Attorney to back off, and the finding will be that Cuomo did nothing wrong.

kjatexas on August 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

And while Governor Christie gears up to run for president, as does Governor Cuomo, neglecting the needs of those who elected them to put the interests of the citizens of their respective states ahead of their personal ambitions for the duration of their terms in office, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma makes the case for Oklahoma to care for the needs of Oklahoma’s children, not drain our resources to try to fix the problems of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala

I’m proud of the Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, who does her job and puts the interests of Oklahoma first and keeps her oath of office.

thatsafactjack on August 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

I’m still amazed an Obama U.S. attorney is going after Cuomo.

MTF on August 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Don’t be – it’s the same reason Sunnis go after Shi’ites.

Steve Eggleston on August 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

NY Times
Albany. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was alleged to have SWEET JESUS, IS THAT A SQUIRREL?!! LOOK AT HIM HOP! THAT’S ADORABLE!
So, anyhow, it seems that we have yet to receive solid answers on Chris Christie’s appalling “bridgegate” scandal.
We will be running a full discussion of Governor Cuomo’s statements, including his remarkable success record, shortly after the election.

morganfrost on August 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

I’m sure that it’s just an innocent oversight.

justltl on August 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Preet Bharara is not one to mess with.

This story has just begun, the corrupt media notwithstanding.

They NO longer earn their 1st Amendment freedoms.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Time to take another drive past Claude Rains’ grave…

Del Dolemonte on August 6, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Don’t be – it’s the same reason Sunnis go after Shi’ites.

Steve Eggleston on August 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Indeed. Well said.

thatsafactjack on August 6, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Why is scandal-plagued Andrew Cuomo not getting the Christie treatment in the press?

You noticed that “D” and “R” thingies after their names right? There is no surprise here.

Meanwhile the crisis in the White House escalated today when it was announced that the slain 2-star general will be arriving back in the US tomorrow. Does Snuggles appear at the arrival or will he be too busy watching “the folks” on his staff get ready for the two-week vacation that the royal family is starting the next day.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

The media will take him out after the election and the governorship is safely in democrat hands for the next 4 years. Anything to set up the Hillary vs Elizabeth cat fight.

meci on August 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

And while Governor Christie gears up to run for president, as does Governor Cuomo, neglecting the needs of those who elected them to put the interests of the citizens of their respective states ahead of their personal ambitions for the duration of their terms in office, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma makes the case for Oklahoma to care for the needs of Oklahoma’s children, not drain our resources to try to fix the problems of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala

I’m proud of the Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, who does her job and puts the interests of Oklahoma first and keeps her oath of office.

thatsafactjack on August 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

While the jackasses here in Colorado do this.

UnstChem on August 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

The disparity can be explained by familiar songs.

Cuomo- Theme from The Godfather.

Christie- Bridge Over Troubled Waters.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2014 at 12:32 PM

If Governor Christie and Governor Cuomo can’t keep their sworn oath of office and put the interests of the citizens of the state who elected them to office as governor first and foremost, and their own career goals dead last…

…what would make anyone believe that either Christie or Cuomo would keep their sworn oath of office as president and put the interests of the citizens of the United States first and foremost, relegating their own interests and ambitions to dead last?

thatsafactjack on August 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM

The situation Cuomo faces is, from a political perspective, strikingly similar to the predicament Christie contended with in late December and into January.

No, no, no. It is much worse. Politicians all the time engage in petty stunts such as bridgegate. But vowing to have an open investigation no matter where it leads, and then shutting it down when it leads to your door? That doesn’t pass the giggle test.

And let’s not ignore the allegations of corruption for Cuomo’s dad.

rbj on August 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

We are at war.
Most just don’t realize it.
The Media is a combatant in that war and should be dealt with as such.

But, we won’t.
We’ll just carry on, business as usual.
And when, eventually, our conservative neighbor is hauled off in the dead of night, we’ll just tsk, tsk, assume that they were guilty of something or other, close the curtains and hope that we are not next.

And, of course, that’s a wild exaggeration. That kind of stuff never happens. And even if it does, that only happens in backward places. Or way back in the old days when we we’re so sophisticated. Couldn’t possibly happen here. Nosiree.

justltl on August 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM

If the scandal lasts past Nov. 4 — i.e., if Cuomo is safely re-elected — then you’ll see the national media start to cover the story more closely, because they know it can’t cost the Democrats the governorship of New York, and since the governor and lite gov run as a tandem ticket, all you’d get if Cuomo had to resign would be the Democratic No. 2 guy in his place, as was the case when Patterson replaced Spitzer.

They’ll try to save their own claims of non-partisanship by knecapping Cuomo after it doesn’t matter anymore. They’re not going to do it at a point where it might move enough voters into the GOP camp in what’s shaping up as a bad year for Democrats, which is what happened in 1994 when Cuomo’s dad was defeated by George Pataki (and threw a hissy fit about it after the election).

jon1979 on August 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

It is tacitly corrupt for the political press to justify the level of coverage it devotes to a scandal involving a politician based on his or her partisan affiliation and potential electability. The longer Cuomo’s scandal flies under the radar, the longer the media gestates a scandal of its own.

That’s hardly a surprise. The NYT, to its credit, is covering the story. But the national media will never give it the attention it deserves.

cat_owner on August 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

There has long been enmity between the Clintons and the Cuomos. I think the story broke on him to begin with because the Clintons want to kneecap him before the democRAT primaries begin. Classic Don Clintonleoni thuggery.

As for Kristy Kreme, I welcome the smearing of him, the LSM for once is helping us block a RINO.

ConstantineXI on August 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Closing down an anti-corruption commission because it was finding corruption is a heck of a lot more serious than improperly closing lanes on a bridge.

forest on August 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Why is Mitt Romney campaigning for Christie?

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 12:47 PM

I’m still amazed an Obama U.S. attorney is going after Cuomo.

MTF on August 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Cuomo’s not one of Holder’s people.

CurtZHP on August 6, 2014 at 12:48 PM

There has long been enmity between the Clintons and the Cuomos. I think the story broke on him to begin with because the Clintons want to kneecap him before the democRAT primaries begin. Classic Don Clintonleoni thuggery.

As for Kristy Kreme, I welcome the smearing of him, the LSM for once is helping us block a RINO.

ConstantineXI on August 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Yep!

Killery is getting ready to open her campaign HQ in NYC.

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Why is scandal-plagued Andrew Cuomo not getting the Christie treatment in the press?

Do you really have to ask?

Is the abject bias borne of the National Socialist Media a mystery to anyone these days?

DinaRehn on August 6, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The longer Cuomo’s scandal flies under the radar, the longer the media gestates a scandal of its own.

Does this mean Robert Redford will play him in the movie?

cbenoistd on August 6, 2014 at 12:54 PM

And while Governor Christie gears up to run for president, as does Governor Cuomo, neglecting the needs of those who elected them to put the interests of the citizens of their respective states ahead of their personal ambitions for the duration of their terms in office, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma makes the case for Oklahoma to care for the needs of Oklahoma’s children, not drain our resources to try to fix the problems of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala

I’m proud of the Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, who does her job and puts the interests of Oklahoma first and keeps her oath of office.

thatsafactjack on August 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

I live in Texas and Good Luck OK if somehow the Federales pay for your illegals…We’ve had that problem for years…

Border Security is a national concern & responsibility.

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Why is Mitt Romney campaigning for Christie?

He needs a hug.

cbenoistd on August 6, 2014 at 12:55 PM

The bridge scandal is like a halloween prank compared to shutting down a corruption commission that was getting hot on some of Cuomo’s biggest supporters. This is a felony if it can be shown that the commission was shut down for political/crony/money reasons. This is similar to the “Macaca” moment with Allen compared to the “Rape” moment of clinton. The press is so in the tank for Demorats that it is no longer news to anyone.

inspectorudy on August 6, 2014 at 12:55 PM

newspeople don’t eat their own unless they are conservative. All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

warmairfan on August 6, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Too bad are big talkers are focusing on Immigration, Ebola, and Obama’s corruption. A couple of segments of Cuomorruption on Hannity, Limbaugh, Levin, and Kelly could go a long way.

Iblis on August 6, 2014 at 12:55 PM

The longer Cuomo’s scandal flies under the radar, the longer the media gestates a scandal of its own.

Can the media gestate a scandal if the media doesn’t report their scandalous behavior?

coca on August 6, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Why is scandal-plagued Andrew Cuomo not getting the Christie treatment in the press?

Is this a trick question?

rightConcept on August 6, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Nearly all that distinguishes these two scandals from each other is the political media’s ravenous interest in one and utter indifference toward another.

Easy explanation: Democrats are EXPECTED to be unethical, so “no news there”.

GarandFan on August 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM

While the jackasses here in Colorado do this.

UnstChem on August 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Dallas had a judge who announced at the local democrat convention that he decided Dallas would take in 1200+ of the po’ illegal chillun; most of which don’t even speak regular spanish so the interpreters need interpreters…and folks showed up at both his home and office…He was also loudly criticized for not informing the other commissioners…yada yada yada

Long story/short

Dallas isn’t getting those 1200 kids…at least that’s what the news sez.

Collin Co. (North of Dallas Co. in Texas) just passed a resolution that says No to these illegal chillun.

Ft. Worth (Tarrant Co.) will probably follow suit since their ISD owes Texas $40 Million (This is who Wendy Davis represents)

Raise Hail about it!

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 1:03 PM

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 12:54 PM

The Governor of Oklahoma isn’t asking the feds to pay for illegals sent to Oklahoma. She’s telling the federal government to stop burdening the people of Oklahoma with illegal aliens imported by the federal government. Our responsibility is providing for the children and citizens of Oklahoma, not the children of foreign states and nationals.

Oklahoma has led the nation in the fight for national sovereignty and we’ve taken a great deal of abuse for passing the toughest laws against illegal aliens and illegal immigration in the country.

thatsafactjack on August 6, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Why is Mitt Romney campaigning for Christie?

He needs a hug.

cbenoistd on August 6, 2014 at 12:55 PM

HA!

Lie down with dogs…you wind up with fleas…

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Why is scandal-plagued Andrew Cuomo not getting the Christie treatment in the press?

Rhetorical, right? Come on, Jeez!

bernzright777 on August 6, 2014 at 1:12 PM

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 12:54 PM

The Governor of Oklahoma isn’t asking the feds to pay for illegals sent to Oklahoma. She’s telling the federal government to stop burdening the people of Oklahoma with illegal aliens imported by the federal government. Our responsibility is providing for the children and citizens of Oklahoma, not the children of foreign states and nationals.

Oklahoma has led the nation in the fight for national sovereignty and we’ve taken a great deal of abuse for passing the toughest laws against illegal aliens and illegal immigration in the country.

thatsafactjack on August 6, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Texas has been battling that in courts for decades.

Texas cut off water in the colonies at the border…Feds took us to court & we lost.

Texas cut off education for illegals…Feds took us to court & we lost.

So…Good Luck with that Oklahoma and thank God football season starts soon.

Until states stop California from dictating immigration policy…this will not change.

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 1:13 PM

colonias at the border…I hate spell check.

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 1:14 PM

While the jackasses here in Colorado do this.

UnstChem on August 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

From your article:

The host family would then be responsible for the child’s care, Barclay said. He couldn’t rule out that children might be placed with relatives who would rely on government assistance to care for them, but Barclay said financial stability is a key in selecting family placements.

So they will give illegals, caring for their illegal children, monetary assistance? WTF!!! F@CK THAT!!!

Patriot Vet on August 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

I’ve lived in both of these states during both of these governor’s tenures. Here’s a few possible explanations:

1) NJ is a blue state with a red governor. People crossed the aisle to vote for him and took a chance on a person who didn’t match their views. People will naturally feel more betrayed by that than if they voted for a governor in their own party who had the same scandal.

2) Cuomo’s scandal may be something, but we really don’t know anything yet. It’s hard to be upset at something when all we know is that he squashed an investigation.

3) As of now, these are not identical cases. Christie’s scandal (whether he had anything to do with it or not) affected the lives of thousands upon thousands of commuters. I know that if you don’t live in NJ, you won’t understand how aggravating this is, but you have to trust that living near NYC can be a nightmare. He (or his staff) played games with our daily lives. Not cool. Cuomo’s case has yet to demonstrate any negative effects to our lives.

I think the MSM argument is rather lame here. It’s lazy, reactionary, and grossly over simplified. Especially because there are so many democrat corruption scandals in albany that get media play (spitzer, patterson, all of those state senators, etc.)

mjr212 on August 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Texas’s Governor Perry granted illegals their own little DREAM Act in Texas. granting illegal aliens in state tuition.

Texas has continued building Perry’s ‘Trans-Texas Corridor’ ( AKA The NAFTA Super Highway), it’s just not called that and it’s getting done in pieces.

Texas’s Governor Perry stood in front of the nation and said if you don’t support amnesty you’re “heartless”.

Texas boasts about creating all those jobs but neglects to mention that a huge proportion of them are minimum wage and held by illegal aliens because Perry has refused to allow even his state officials to implement E-verify, much less employers.

Perry recently said after visiting California “I love California and after my term’s over I might move to California.”

Yeah… Texas has been fighting for decades.

thatsafactjack on August 6, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Think about it:

The federal government is transporting illegal aliens and dumping them in/on the states.

justltl on August 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

It will forever remain a mystery.

crrr6 on August 6, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Liberal reporters who’d like a role as Cuomo’s Press Secretary or as some other underling have to prove their lapdog credentials. Going after Christie is ‘good reporting’, and not going after Cuomo is a good career move.

You won’t curry favors with AC by asking hard questions or raising questions in the minds of the citizens about the level of corruptness attributable to the governor and his minions. Becoming an apologist/advocate early-on is a good way to get an inside track.

Many of these reporters see their target audience as mostly liberal. That audience has proven generally happy to accept whatever lies you speak/print/parrot in praise of their liberal heroes. So the dominant thinking would be that the Christie/Cuomo adjusted treatment is a plus for your career, regardless of whether you ever get a political appointment.

s1im on August 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

There’s one element people are missing: video. If you’re a TV producer, any story that has accompanying juicy video gets play. You don’t have to explain the consequences of the Christie story, just roll video of massive traffic jams on the bridge. The Cuomo story takes more explanation, and what do you show in a TV story? The governor speaking at an event, members of the commission going to a meeting, the state’s attorney doing a press conference. It’s not the only factor, and make no mistake there are political biases at work, but one of the reasons the Christie story resonates is because there’s video dramatically illustrating the direct result of said “scandal.” It’s a made-for-TV story, and the fish wrap just followed along.

Don’t misunderstand me to say that I agree with this feeding frenzy over Christie and the lack thereof with Cuomo. It’s ridiculous. But it’s a lay-up for a cable TV producer looking for content for a 24-hour news day.

KKinFLA on August 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Where is Ned Pepper?

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Where is Ned Pepper?

Being shot by a child?

cbenoistd on August 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Where is Ned Pepper?

Being shot by a child?

Tom Chaney. But it’s the thought that counts.

cbenoistd on August 6, 2014 at 1:48 PM

The media in New York State are dominated by those in New York City. Since the George Washington Bridge leads into NYC, the NYC media will make a frenzy of anything that happens to it or on it, especially if it involves a Republican Governor. The NYC media couldn’t care less about what happens in Albany, since the hoi polloi peeps who live north or west of Westchester County are not worthy of the attention of the elite, and nobody listens to them anyway.

Steve Z on August 6, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2014 at 1:40 PM

At a meeting?

thatsafactjack on August 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

What might become an interesting story is Christie, as head of RGA, not supporting Cuomo’s opponent, Rob Astorino, in the NY governors race. He called the race a “lost cause”.

Astorino is a fine, conservative candidate. Other Republican governors have stepped up. Perry, Jindal, Haley and Pence etc. Contrast this with Christie’s comments that he ‘agrees with Cuomo 95% of the time.”

monalisa on August 6, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Two reasons:

1) Cuomo has a (D) after his name
2) Cuomo is from a Prog “royalty” family like the Kennedy’s and Clinton’s.

DUH

Pelosi Schmelosi on August 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM

This is just a local news story…no one outside of Albany, NY, will care about it, right? Besides, we don’t have time for every story – we have to sacrifice to keep it under 30 minutes, ya know.

DublOh7 on August 6, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Where is Ned Pepper?

Being shot by a child?

cbenoistd on August 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Shot to pieces by a one-eyed fat man.

CurtZHP on August 6, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Where is Ned Pepper?

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Maybe the cops made a move on his Traveler family.

slickwillie2001 on August 6, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Conservatives have long been irked by the national media’s disproportionate focus on Christie’s political woes

Conservatives have?

Woes? don’t you mean woe. As in one. One freakin scandal and Christie popped like a giant balloon. The media was in love with Christie for 3 years. Dude got overly positive coverage. He better get used to tough coverage if he wants higher office.

Cuomo’s scandal has not been covered and you are surprised by this? Any conservative surprised by this double standard hasn’t been watching REAL conservatives get unfair coverage while Democrats skate for the last 10 years.

KMav on August 6, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Is this a rhetorical question, or a trick question?

What a difference a (D) makes!

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 6, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Christie has not been exonerated, and the investigation into his and his staff’s behavior before and after the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge continues.

What a bunch of crap. You are no better then the MSM. Those links are big fat nothing burgers and you link them as if they are incriminating, just like the MSM intended.

An aide texted Christie messages about Port Authority testimony about the bridge scandal long AFTER the events at the bridge. The MSM breathlessly reports that bridge related text messages were deleted, leaving you with the impression that the texts were made befre or during the lane diversions, proving he knew and is lying. However, you have to read the fine print to see that the text messages in question were not before the lane diversions, not during the lane diversions, but long after the lane diversions. She voluntarily disclosed the existence of the innocuous after-the-fact texts, Christie doesn’t remember them, and both have turned over their cell phone to investigators. NEXT

tommylotto on August 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

That’s a tough question.

Viator on August 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Sir, are you inferring that there is a double standard?

MaiDee on August 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

BREAKING NEWS!!!: WATER IS WET!!!

FOWG1 on August 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

THE SHORTEST DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO POINTS IS A STRAIGHT LINE!!

Tard on August 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Yes – they are both worthless, ultra-liberal, crooked thugs (and close personal friends) , and should be treated exactly the same – but, until Christie officially switches parties (which is likely to happen soon), he will continue to be a big, fat, sweaty ‘R’ target for the left.

Pork-Chop on August 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

This is me giving a sh*t that Krispy is being treated unfairly by the people whose asses he kisses.

I guess you’re filling in for Guy Benson on the Christie posts, Noah?

Ted the Average on August 6, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Yes – they are both worthless, ultra-liberal, crooked thugs (and close personal friends) , and should be treated exactly the same – but, until Christie officially switches parties (which is likely to happen soon), he will continue to be a big, fat, sweaty ‘R’ target for the left.

Pork-Chop on August 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

If Chrispy Chreme were to switch parties tomorrow, the MeanStreak Media in unison would yell:

BRIDGE SCANDAL ! WHAT BRIDGE SCANDAL !!

cableguy615 on August 6, 2014 at 6:02 PM

The difference being, CUM HOE is likely to face a criminal charge, unlike the closure of a lane, even if it was spiteful.

TX-96 on August 6, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Conservatives have long been irked by the national media’s disproportionate focus on Christie’s political woes

We have?

Stoic Patriot on August 6, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Conservatives have long been irked by the national media’s disproportionate focus on Christie’s political woes

We have?

Stoic Patriot on August 6, 2014 at 6:44 PM

No, we haven’t.

Ted the Average on August 6, 2014 at 10:02 PM

The real story is the utter incompetence demonstrated by Cuomo and his staff in instituting a ‘corruption commission’ without restricting the scope of its investigations in such a manner as to ‘protect the boss’, without appearing to ‘protect the boss’.
Do we really want Chicago-v2.0 in DC in ’17?

Another Drew on August 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM