The Big Three networks, in a frenzy over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's traffic headache dubbed “Bridgegate,” have devoted a whopping 34 minutes and 28 seconds of coverage to the affair in just the last 24 hours.
By comparison, that's 17 times the two minutes, eight seconds devoted to President Obama's IRS scandal in the last six months, according to an analysis by the Media Research Center.
“While routinely burying new stories on the IRS scandal, the media practically fell over themselves to start taking shots at the potential 2016 Republican presidential nominee,” said the conservative media watchdog.
Nets give 'Bridgegate' 17 times more coverage in 1 day than IRS scandal in 6 months
BY PAUL BEDARD
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Kelly – who sent an email to longtime Christie crony and then-Port Authority official David Wildstein that read “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” – was sent packing at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.
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“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” she wrote.
“Got it,” Wildstein replied.
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Wildstein reacted in an e-mail, saying the Christie-appointed PA chairman, David Samson, “is helping us to retaliate” against the New York officials.
Christie fires staffer over Bridgegate, but says ‘I’m responsible’
By Beth DeFalco, Bob Fredericks and Jeane MacIntosh
New York Post
January 9, 2014 | 10:42am