Not surprisingly, Special Report‘s “straight news” report on Gov. Chris Christie’s press conference this evening about George Washington Bridgegate was full of praise for how he handled it. But reporter Mike Emanuel went the extra Fox News mile by reporting that “some experts” say it could wind up as a net plus for him “with 2016 voters.” However, we only saw one such expert with that view.
Emanuel first made sure to report that Democrat David Axelrod tweeted that Christie handled the press conference "about as well as he could” and that House Majority Leader John Boehner said “I think so” when asked if Christie can remain the top runner for 2016.
There was no mention that there could well be lingering questions as to how Christie’s (now fired) deputy chief of staff could have thought it was OK to use the governor’s office to shut down bridge lanes on the George Washington Bridge in order to punish a Democratic mayor. Nor that Christie is now in the position of either looking like he either doesn’t know what’s going on in his own administration or of lying about not knowing.
Instead, Emanuel continued by saying, “Some experts say Christie’s handling of this matter could actually help him with 2016 voters.” He then played a clip of Larry Sabato, of the University of Virginia (and frequent Fox guest) saying:
They (voters) want to know that the person they pick will be able to withstand withering fire because every candidacy and every president has crisis after crisis. You don’t want someone who’s going to fold. Well, Christie not only didn’t fold. He did a superb job at that press conference.
Emanuel never said who the other “experts” were who think Bridgegate will help Christie.
Besides, I thought apologies of any sort were anathema to the Fauxites — considering how they still get up in arms over President Obama’s (nonexistent) “Apology Tour” of the Middle East . . .