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Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Northeast governor gets elected in large part on a promise to "clean up" the corruption in his state. He quickly dives into his mission, claiming high-minded interest in restoring public trust in government. Tough and savvy, his popularity increases as he appears to make strides in combating unethical behavior. His national profile grows along with his political ambitions.

Then it all comes to a screeching halt.

A scandal hits. Allegations of potential abuse of power swirl. Investigations are launched.

If this sounds familiar, it should, because it applies to not one, but two northeast governors. This is where the similarities end, though. One governor has taken a beating in his standing with the voters. The other one has not.

One of the big reasons for the discrepancy? The governor with the sliding poll numbers is a Republican; the one skating with the public (so far) is a Democrat.

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If there were ever a case of classic leftist media bias, the treatment of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York is it.

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There is not even an attempt by the MSM to even fake even-handedness when it comes to covering the 2 political parties.

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-14 03:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

The media loved Christie when he was obamas buddy.

Cuomo is a crook. He's uglier than sin, too. [...]

#2 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2014-08-14 03:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

There is not even an attempt by the MSM to even fake even-handedness when it comes to covering the 2 political parties.

Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-14 03:50 PM | Reply

Too much money involved to actually go after the political parties. You know that money equals speech meme.

#3 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-14 03:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

Christie had become a real leader among Republican hopefuls for President so, of course, he got more attention. So far, Cuomo isn't even close to the level of national recognition Christie has.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-14 04:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Every night for a month or more the nuts on MSNBC were telling us how Christie was going to jail and how today there was a new revelation that was earth shattering. Then when they would actually tell the earth shattering news it was nothing but speculation. Now Cuomo comes up and all Madcow can cover is some rogue republican running for city council in Montana. Hell Matthews had to take the week off after Hillary critiqued the presiden't foreign policy.

#5 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-08-14 04:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

Cuomo is arguably the most well-known Democratic governor in the country. His dad was a well-known Democratic politician as well.

He has a ton of name recognition. He's on the short-list of potential challengers to Queen Hillary in '16.

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-14 04:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

OMG!
Don't you ever get tired of playing the democrats -----?

#7 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-14 05:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

Guess if you dont watch MSNBC its hard to know what they show. But dont let that stop you from making your pointless point.

MSNBC - Topics = Andrew Cuomo

Rachel Maddow - Ethics panel too close for governers comfort

#8 | Posted by soulfly at 2014-08-14 08:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Cuomo is arguably the most well-known Democratic governor in the country."

Compared to Chris Christie is is an unknown person to 90% of the nation. Chris Christie is someone most people recognize. If you put Cuomo's picture on TV without his name 90% couldn't tell you who he is, 70% of the posters here couldn't.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-14 08:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

He's a prominent governor from a prominent state, Danni.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-14 08:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

#8

Yep. I am sure MSNBC has allocated every bit as much time to this story as they did to Bridgegate.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-14 08:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Cuomo is arguably the most well-known Democratic governor in the country."

Mario retired years ago. He's running a pizza joint down on 35th st. these days.

#12 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-08-14 08:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

#11 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Are you actually suggesting MSNBC is....slanted?!

#13 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-08-14 09:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

#13

I actually wasn't talking about MSNBC in particular. Soulfly brought MSNBC into this thread. I was talking about the MSM as a whole. This brewing scandal has been mostly ignored.

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-14 09:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Cuomo is arguably the most well-known Democratic governor in the country."
Mario retired years ago. He's running a pizza joint down on 35th st. these days.

#12 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

The two aren't contradictory..... :)

#15 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-08-14 10:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

The paranoia about the eidia expressed by the righties whose team owns Fox News and most of the talk radio stations in America and on these platforms broadcasts right wing talking points 24/7 gets pretty laughable.

How many hours of broadcast time were devoted just to Benghazi which, from the report put out by the Congressional committee said there was nothing to get all worked up about?

#16 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-15 07:50 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

There should've been a story here when the Times filed this story last month:

www.nytimes.com

But the level of coverage received between Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo is directly related to the national prominence of the two politicians. There's no comparison in popularity between them as national political figures.

Christie was the breakout star of the Republican Party in 2012. He got one of the best primetime speaking spots at the RNC and was all over the media, even on MSNBC, getting favorable press coverage. He was lionized for his response to Hurricane Sandy.

Cuomo was overshadowed by New York City's mayor and told the press he didn't want a DNC speech in 2012. "He has declined appearances on national news shows and has yet to deliver an out-of-state speech," the Daily News reported at the time.

www.nydailynews.com

This site is more evidence of the difference between them. Users on the Drudge Retort have never posted a story about Cuomo, nor have I. There were numerous ones about Christie before BridgeGate.

#17 | Posted by rcade at 2014-08-15 09:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

IMHO the reason Christie gets more coverage is by his own design AKA how he responds to charges vs how people like Cuomo respond. Christie is media gold. He gives soundbites like no other and the media are driven to him like rats to the piper.

#18 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-15 09:19 AM | Reply | Flag:

If nobody has heard of Cuomo, why was he on the Nightly News a couple of days ago getting air time for visiting Israel, touring Hamas' tunnels and palling around with Shimon Peres?

#19 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-08-15 09:48 AM | Reply | Flag:

"If nobody has heard of Cuomo"

I never said "nobody" has heard of Cuomo, just that the majority of Americans couldn't tell you who he is or pick his picture out of a lineup.
Same is not true for Chris Christie was a media darling when he dealt with the aftermath of the hurricane and then a bad guy when he orchestrated (or was implicated in) the bridge blocking, his use of hurrican funds to reward friends whose towns weren't even damaged by the storm while delaying funds for cities that had serious damage.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-15 10:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

Same is not true for Chris Christie was a media darling when he dealt with the aftermath of the hurricane

He was a media darling because he welcomed Obama with open-arms and provided big optics for Obama to look engaged in a natural disaster crisis just days before the election.

Prior to that the media pretty much hated him for taking on the teachers' union.

#21 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-15 10:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

JeffJ is correct. The media was so happy to find a Republican embracing Obama that they forgave all his past sins and promoted him to a top candidate for 2016

#22 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-15 10:28 AM | Reply | Flag:

You folks are rewriting history. Christie was a media darling long before Sandy because of his larger-than-life personality and his habit of speaking bluntly to people.

Have you posted a single story about Cuomo here in the past two years, Jeff? He's had such a low profile as a national figure Republicans weren't even bothering to attack him prior to this scandal, and even now it's mostly being used to talk about Christie.

I can't recall seeing Cuomo's face on MSNBC ever. Christie was practically a co-host of Morning Joe for a while.

#23 | Posted by rcade at 2014-08-15 10:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

Danni makes a lot of allegations when Christie has never been linked to anything with the bridge or federal money. That one mayor made a claim in her diary of all places that she was threatened. If she had truly been threatened she should have come out immediately. Otherwise she just looks like a low level democrat trying to tarnish Christie. With that said I don't like Christie b/c he sounds like a north east big spending type.

#24 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-08-15 10:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

You folks are rewriting history. Christie was a media darling long before Sandy because of his larger-than-life personality and his habit of speaking bluntly to people.

I don't believe I am. Christie was the media punchline prior to his embracing of Obama. He was a fat moron used to make the GOP look even more insane (as if that was possible).

#25 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-15 12:34 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

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