I don’t read a lot of Bob Somerby, but what I’ve read has usually been pretty smart. But I don’t get his latest, lengthy and fairly nasty examination of Rachel Maddow’s work on the Chris Christie bridge scandal. Here’s a sample:
Rachel engaged in free insinuation, trying to provide us with our nightly Christie hard-ons.
Luckily, we were able to answer her question. If the traffic study line is proven to not be true, Chris Christie will say that he didn’t know.
Presumably, his claim will be true. That’s what happens to Christie.
We had a different question after last evening’s latest silly con. What happens to the IQ of the liberal world with this very bad, very willful person behaving like an escapee from Fox News, to which she neverpersonally applied for a job?
Maddow’s treatment of this story has marked a watershed for her program. She’s been playing us rubes every step of the way, turning her program into pure propaganda.
Every minute she has burned on this bullshit could have gone to a real news topic. For example, she could have tried to help the public know more about low-income schools.
She doesn’t care about low-income schools. Maddow is playing her viewers for fools.
Two of the main players in this supposed non-scandal lawyered up yesterday. Maybe Maddow is onto something.
When I started reading about the bridge story, I thought it actually might be a big deal, not simply because Christie was directly, personally involved (who knows if he was), but because the more dirty Jersey laundry that gets aired around Christie, the better. If Maddow wants to push the story, I don’t see the harm if she’s not making shit up. There’s a line somewhere between protecting the precious IQ of the liberal world, and asking tough questions from a partisan angle. It might be more seemly and civilized to be a polite, intelligent loser who gives Chris Christie the benefit of the doubt, but I’d burn a few IQ points to make sure that asshole doesn’t get anywhere near the Oval Office. And the worst thing that could happen to low income schools isn’t Rachel Maddow failing to talk about them on her program, it’s President Chris Christie.