Fox’s Howard Kurtz spent not one but two segments painting Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) – recently caught on video yelling at and berating a constituent – as a media victim.
You may recall that earlier in the week, Fox host Heather Nauert gushed over Christie after he lost it with a New Jersey activist heckling him over the slow pace of repairs on the two year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.
Kurtz didn’t gush but like Nauert he ignored the substance of the constituent’s complaints: that two years after the storm, Christie is sitting on 80%, or $800 million, of relief money for Sandy victims. Even if Christie’s temper tantrum was not a deliberate diversion, Kurtz and Nauert were doing him a double favor in defending the smack down and keeping attention away from his governing.
Kurtz opened his discussion about Christie by saying, “It’s hardly unusual for Chris Christie to tee off on a heckler but when the New Jersey governor and possible presidential candidate did that just the other day, it was treated as big news and replayed dozens of times on MSNBC.”
As if Fox wouldn’t have aired it just as much, if not more, had it been President Obama behaving that way. And then having Fox psychiatrist Keith Ablow analyzing why he hates America.
But Kurtz once again ignored the propagandistic bias to be found 24/7 on Fox and complained: “Last year, he was on the cover of Time magazine as The Boss, very upbeat piece, and now the guy who the media used to celebrate as being blunt and effective being painted very differently.”
Conservative guest Rich Lowry was less of a Christie defender than Fox personnel. Lowry said the media began to turn on Christie during Bridgegate. While noting that this kind of behavior is nothing new from Christie, Lowry added, “What’s new is the context of an impending presidential campaign. And for a potential presidential campaign candidate, this is something novel. …Plus, it involves entertaining video.”
So Kurtz interjected on Christie’s behalf: “Well, if he was a talk show host, he could yell at the guest and get boffo ratings.”
With evident disapproval, Kurtz showed how the New York Daily News had published a graphic of Christie morphing into Tony Soprano.
Democrat Mark Hannah said that it was an easy comparison because Christie may well have “the temperament of Tony Soprano” and maybe not the temperament of a presidential candidate.
Kurtz objected, “But this is comparing to a mob boss. Which also strikes me as a bit of an anti-Italian bias. …Aren’t you offended?”
Hannah went on to say that as a potential presidential candidate, “You have to respect the voters, even if they don’t respect you” and not heckle back.
Kurtz replied, “Maybe voters… want a president who gets angry.”
Kurtz also suggested during his commentary segment that Christie was the victim of an unfair media:
The media are pounding and pummeling and kicking Chris Christie for having the temerity to yell at a heckler. Yes, he didn’t just yell at him, he went on and on and on. That’s the way the governor rolls.
But even if you think that Christie got a raw deal, it pales in comparison to the race baiting and below-the-belt attacks on President Obama that are Fox’s stock in trade.
Methinks Kurtz is throwing stones from quite a glass house.
Watch the segments below.
Just like no one in the media made him be a jeering tool pre-Sandy, and a sobbing beggar after.
Just like no one in the media made into into a two-faced, tantrum spewing jackass about the Bridge scandal.
Just like no one made him walk out and publicly state that campaign/voter fraud gets a pass from him when it helps Republicans.
Just like every other example I can name.
The country outside of Fox News couldn’t care less what this tub has to say, join them.