Chris Christie hasn't always been kind to the news media although he has often proved adept at manipulating it to his advantage. Now, things seem to be falling apart as the local news media - which in New Jersey includes the New York Times and principal network affiliates - seems bent on digging out as much dirt on Christie as possible. Of course, the Democrats are only to happy to help in the effort and are generating plenty of sound bites to spur the media onward. The irony, of course, is that the entire "Bridgegate" debacle could have been avoided. The Daily Beast looks at the growing friction between Christie and the media. Here are excerpts:
For Chris Christie, the national spotlight has always been just across the bridge.
It’s about an hour’s drive from the Trenton statehouse to the studios of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where hosts refer to the New Jersey governor as a “friend” of the show — or to David Letterman’s couch, where he famously ate a doughnut before all of America. The New York Times is considered one of the local papers in the Garden State, and Manhattan’s tabloids have devoted significant attention to Christie’s theatrical politics and outsize personality.