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What if you threw a traffic scandal and only the media cared?

What if you threw a traffic scandal and only the media cared?

Pew Research poll: Little public interest in Christie story

A Pew Research poll out Monday suggests that there has been little public interest so far in the recent coverage surrounding Chris Christie in the wake of the George Washington Bridge lane closures controversy.

Views of Chris Christie Largely Unchanged in Recent Days

From Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:

The public paid far more attention to last week’s cold snap than to the controversy swirling around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. There also has been little short-term change in opinions about Christie: 60% say their opinion of Christie has not changed in recent days, while 16% now view him less favorably and 6% more favorably.

The national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Jan. 9-12 among 1,006 adults, finds that just 18% paid very close attention to Christie’s apology on Jan. 9 for the highway lane closures ordered by his aides. By contrast, 44% very closely followed news about the cold winter weather that gripped much of the U.S. and 28% tracked news about the economy.

That might seem surprising (or not) to some, given all the endless media coverage of the Bridgegate story, including additional investigations now being reported.

There was also this finding from the same Pew Research report:

The release of a book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates that criticized the Obama administration drew even less interest than news about Christie. Just 11% followed news about Gates’ book very closely.

You can read the full Pew Research report here.


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Wall to wall team coverage of this scandal in an attempt to knock Christie out of contention. Yet silence on “phony scandals such as the IRS targeted Tea Party groups, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and NSA snooping.

This survey is pretty interesting. It goes to the notion that the media’s clout ‘just ain’t what it used to be.’

I would have answered: My opinion of that RINO hasn’t changed.

I still don’t know what twerking was.

    JimMtnViewCaUSA in reply to cbenoistd. | January 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Me either. So I looked it up.
    Please. Do _not_ simultaneously talk about twerking and Gov Christie. It makes me feel a bit ill.

    “Twerking is a type of dancing in which an individual dances to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance”

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to cbenoistd. | January 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Isn’t that what Democrat politicians do?

Ditto to both previous comments!!

Before this, I wasn’t giving to vote for Christie. After this, I’m still not going to vote for Christie.

JimMtnViewCaUSA | January 14, 2014 at 11:29 am

It’s battle-space-prep.
No one cares now. But it will be repeated over and over again till 2016 and then the media will go into high gear to cover it again as a Known Truth.

As political scandals go, this was pretty thin gruel after Obama’s Greatest Hits of the past five years.

Finally! A scandal the media can actually cover.

    JimMtnViewCaUSA in reply to Andy. | January 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    C’mon media, admit it….you’re longing for a Repub President again, aren’t ya? Huh? C’mon….

This Tea Party member would like to thank the MSM for their coverage of this matter.

As a Tea Party member I wasn’t going to vote for Gov. Christie but the GOP and Chamber of Commerce were going to hand him the nomination.

We already tried nominating a Democrat-loving moderate. His name was John McCain and he lost. So knock yourself out.

Like Boss Tweed at the Brooklyn Bridge; where, to get it built the builders had to include Boss Tweed on their Board of Directors. And, he collected 15% on all orders for supplies that went into building the bridge. (His empire collapses, when, in 1871, he threw his daughter a million dollar bash. Food supplied by Delmonico’s. And, her dress was dripping in diamonds. Each button closure was a diamond button.) That’s when people figured out a “mere politician” couldn’t afford such a show.)

Now, at the foot of the George Washington Bridge, New Jersey side. In Fort Lee … there’s a piece of open real estate (8 acres). That has a billion dollar project going up. The land closures put this parcel in doubt. Scared the developers. And, only when they gave Christie a piece of the action, did the bridge closures go away.

Yeah. I saw it reported by MSNBC. Which shows ya that behind the “stupid” lane closures was a political force, in action, meant to frighten both the mayor AND the property developers.

As if you’ve never heard of graft, before.

There’s an entire generation of journalists that’s never been given the editorial go-ahead to speak truth to power. How will they know what to do when a Republican is elected president?

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Immolate. | January 14, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    They will do what they did to Palin: make stuff up, refuse to report the truth when it favors the Republican, and go full blast against him when there’s a hint of bad–no matter how thin the source is.

    MarkS in reply to Immolate. | January 14, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    If they went to college they’ve been properly indoctronated

What would Christie have done had another GOP governor been in his position? All we need to do is look at Christie’s record with “fellow” Republicans. Now, he’s getting from other GOPers what he was never gracious enough to extend, support.