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NY Times Hatchet Job on Christie

NY Times Hatchet Job on Christie

The NY Times wants John Corzine, who never met an election he couldn’t buy, to defeat Chris Christie in the NJ Governor’s race. So the Times is back to its old (never really changed) self, engaging in a hatchet job masquerading as news close to an election based on presumptions and possibilities.

The lead in to the article is to rehash how Christie made a loan to an assistant which he failed to disclose. That is old news. The point of the article is that the assistant “may have” helped Christie with the timing of arrests from an investigation led by Christie (emphasis mine):

But interviews with federal law enforcement officials suggest that Ms. Brown used her position in two significant and possibly improper ways to try to aid Mr. Christie in his run for governor….

In mid-June, when F.B.I. agents and prosecutors gathered to set a date for the arrests of more than 40 targets of a corruption and money-laundering probe, Ms. Brown alone argued for the arrests to be made before July 1. She later told colleagues that she wanted to ensure that the arrests occurred before Mr. Christie’s permanent successor took office, according to three federal law enforcement officials briefed on the conversation, presumably so that Mr. Christie would be given credit for the roundup.

The possibility that Ms. Brown may have helped Mr. Christie’s campaign from inside the United States attorney’s office casts a new light on their relationship and on the prosecutor’s office.

The short story is that there is no story, just speculation about possibilities and presumptions. But the Times uses it as an excuse to rehash a multitude of allegations against Christie, and to get the headline it wanted: “Christie May Have Gotten Improper Aid.”

How about this for a headline: “NY Times May Have Lost What Little Credibility It Has Left.”

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This is the standard operating procedure for the NYT when there is nothing bad to write about conservatives. "But they MIGHT have done something bad." The most prominent example that comes to mind is the phony Vicky Iseman-John McCain story early last year. More recently, in addition to multiple speculative stories about Christie, they used the MAYBE hatchet on John Ensign:

(sorry, I hope you don't mind the link in comments)