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Tom Brokaw has had enough of "bridgegate."
Appearing last week on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown," the veteran newsman lamented the fact that so many of his colleagues are stuck on the story of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's bridge problems. They can't stop talking about whether members of Christie's staff tried to harass the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, by shutting down traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, and whether Christie was in on it.
Do you ever get the sense that the media are on Mars while most Americans are on Earth? This story confirms it. We've known that those who spoon-feed us the news march to their own drum, but now it's clear they have their own agenda. It's not to pass along the information that helps shape people's concerns, but rather to tell people what they should be concerned about. Like a traffic jam.
Brokaw put it this way: "I do think, across the country, however, when they're looking at long-term unemployment, and they're looking at the uncertainty of the Obamacare, they're saying, 'You've got to move on, guys.'"
I'm all for moving on. The media can start up again if it discovers evidence Christie knew about the lane closures and then lied about it.
But I'm also fond of self-awareness, especially from those of us in the media. So my message to Brokaw is: "Newsman, heal thy own network." In the last couple of weeks, it has begun to look like NBC stands for "Nothing But Christie."
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