Justice Department Says No Evidence of Christie Involvement in So-Called ‘BridgeGate’; NBC News Devotes 38 Seconds to Story

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 at 8:03 am

What any sentient human being knew was a non-scandal that became one in the fever swamps of the left has fizzled out.

Gov. Chris Christie says he’s not surprised by a news report claiming the U.S. Justice Department investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal hasn’t so far uncovered any information that he was involved in the controversial lane closings.

The governor reacted tonight on his monthly radio show a short time after NBC 4 New York reported that unnamed federal officials said the investigation “has thus far uncovered no information he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge.”

The report — Christie said — verifies what he’s been telling people this entire time.

“Obviously, we’ll wait to hear whatever the authorities have to say, but certainly this is a report that comes as no shock to me,” Christie said on 101.5 FM.

“I’m not surprised but you’re always grateful to hear that, you know, the things that I said appear like they’re going to be confirmed if these reports are accurate,” he said. ”

NBC 4 New York cited unnamed officials and spokespeople for the U.S. Justice Department, the FBI, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s office and Christie’s office all declined comment for its story.

So with NBC 4 in New York reporting this you would think it’d be huge news on NBC Nightly News, right? Uh, not so fast.

An enormous development in the Bridgegate scandal broke late Thursday afternoon when federal officials reported that they have cleared New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) of any wrong-doing relating to the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September 2013.

When it came to the major broadcast networks covering this huge development, ABC and CBS punted on the story and refused to cover it in their Thursday night newscasts. NBC Nightly News did cover the story, however, but only in the form of a news brief that lasted for 38 seconds.

This stands in stark contrast to the nearly five minutes (4 minutes and 55 seconds to be exact) that NBC’s evening newscast devoted to Bridgegate when it broke mid-morning on January 8. According to the Media Research Center’s Scott Whitlock, “the big three” networks devoted a combined 88 minutes of coverage to the story in its first two days.

Fairly unbalanced coverage there. Meanwhile, the two biggest hacks pushing this story the past nine months are unusually silent on the matter.

Her cohort Chris Hayes? All he could do is muster a retweet. Nothing else, not a peep. These people are shameless.

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One Response to “Justice Department Says No Evidence of Christie Involvement in So-Called ‘BridgeGate’; NBC News Devotes 38 Seconds to Story”

  1. Jon in South Carolina on 20/20/14 at 1:26 pm

    The scandal created and gleefully promoted by the media had the sole purpose of eliminating a potential front running Republican candidate for president in 2016 and, of course, thereby protecting Hillary.

    The fact remains that the allegation is the main thing. The damage has been done, his exoneration will remain unreported and silenced by the media that salivated over his destruction. The public will only remember the allegation and its taint.

    That’s how the left works. It’s the October surprise. This one was sprung too early so there is a chance it won’t matter. Just a chance.