Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Christie Bridgegate coverage: Media overkill?

Some who support New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie think the media coverage
of the George Washington Bridge lanes closure story is out of balance with its relative importance. They suspect a pro-Democrat media bias is showing.

Others say, heck no. Christie has cultivated media attention like no other politician in modern times. His office churns out reams of stories about him every day--and plenty of videos, too. When there's good news to link to him, the governor suddenly pops up on Morning Joe, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon.

Live by the media sword, die by the media sword?

Our daily newsletter, EnviroPolitics, carried more than 20 stories yesterday about the governor. (Download yesterday's issue, without charge)

It's not likely that the pace of news coverage will slow down anytime soon. Special committees in both the New Jersey Senate and Assembly were established this week to investigate what happened and who ordered it. Subpoenas are being prepared and hearings will be held. Juicy stuff for news junkies.  

What do you think?  Overkill or not?  Let us know in the comment box below.

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