Sunday news shows’ fixation on Bridgegate

Sunday news shows’ fixation on Bridgegate

The Sunday after terrorists stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the weekly news shows covered the attacks, more or less … which is to say they all provided a bully pulpit for White House patsy Susan Rice, who advanced the demonstrably false claim even at the time that the raid was perpetrated by civilian mobs, angry over an offensive video.

In the weeks that followed, the “phony scandal” got precious little time.

So how did the press handle the apparently larger scandal of Bridgegate? NRO’s Patrick Brennan reports that NBC’s “Meet the Press” devoted more half of its air time — 33 minutes — to the scandal, inviting the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., to weigh in.

ABC’s Sunday “This Week” came in next with 22 minutes of coverage that program that included an interview with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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Lest you think this is a partisan issue, “Fox News Sunday” devoted 14 minutes to a discussion of the potential political fallout for Christie.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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