Note: This post isn’t written to support one candidate or another. Just to demonstrate how the mainstream media skews its coverage against Republicans.
Here’s another example of why you have to take everything you read in the liberal media with an extra-large grain of salt. Just before noon on Sunday, Gawker broke what was treated as a major scandal about NJ Governor and GOP presidential wannabe Chris Christie:
First, he nearly missed his 9:55 Amtrak train from DC to New York. Then, he didn’t get the seat he wanted on the train. Then, to make things even worse, he got kicked out of the quiet car!
Alexander Mann, a passenger on his way home to Manhattan, was traveling in that very same quiet car when Christie got on, and promptly got off. He told Gawker:
He got on last minute yelling at his two secret service agents I think because of a seat mixup, sat down and immediately started making phone calls on the quiet car. After about 10 minutes the conductor asked him to stop or go to another car. He got up and walked out again yelling at his secret service. He was drinking a McDonald’s strawberry smoothie.
Mann also said that Christie was having an intense phone conversation, repeating the phrases, “this is frickin’ ridiculous” and “seriously?! seriously?!” Thank God for that smoothie!
They updated the post with a denial from Christie’s SPOX at 4:34 on Sunday. They picked up the denial from the Huffington Post who’s headline read:
The Huffington Post headline ignored the fact that in the very same story there is a version of the story from a Left-wing blogger Katie Klabusich who was not only in the car with the NJ Governor but sitting at the same table. She told a totally different version of the “incident’:
Do you think Cubans are fighting for healthcare or freedom from Communism?
Kuddos to Ms. Klabusich for insisting that the truth gets out…but thats not the end. You see Katie corrected the record around 3:25 PM. At around 9PM CNN ran a headline for a story which included both versions of the story:
CNN’s report speaks to the two different versions of the incident but the headline and the lede of the story makes it clear that they want the reader to believe the”selfish/nasty” Christie screaming in the quiet car version. The bulk of the piece is about the “screaming Christie” followed by a much smaller reporting of Ms. Klabusich’s account.
The worst offender was Politico, their story was posted Monday morning at about 5AM, over 12 hours after the Gawker/Huffington correction.
The Politico story begins
When Chris Christie got into the quiet car of an Amtrak train from Washington on Sunday morning and allegedly (although not necessarily) yelled into his phone and got himself kicked out of Amtrak’s quiet car, journalists and politicos were finally talking about the New Jersey governor again.
Christie was on the train returning from an appearance on CBS’s Face The Nation, where he went further than most Republican presidential candidates by alleging that the Black Lives Matter movement calls for killing cops. But that extraordinary comment about a critical American civic issue was lost as Gawker’s account of Christie screaming on his phone, drinking a McDonald’s strawberry smoothie—and just being so Christie—lit up political Twitter.
Without being an eyewitness, it is impossible for this reporter to confirm one version of the story or the other. But the authors of the stories mentioned above weren’t on the train either. But after reading the reports of Christie’s supposed outburst it is clear the mainstream media gave more credence to the report that supported the meme that the NJ Governor was a bully, than the version reporting that Christie got on to the train at the last minute not realizing he was on the quiet car, was politely talking on the phone, and wasn’t kicked out but when it was pointed out that he was on the quiet car he moved to a different car where he could talk.