Accuracy in Media

morning joe on bridge gate

Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough said the left’s obsession with the Chris Christie bridge scandal is “excessive,” and on par with the right’s reaction to what happened in Benghazi.

But, you know, it’s sort of like “do first, ask questions later,” and it is just so excessive on the Left just like it was so excessive, oh my God, please don’t make me say it. Please don’t make me say it here on TV. No I can’t, please don’t make me say it on TV, of how excessive it has been on the Left, it’s just like Benghazi on the Right, right afterwards. If you tried to show what Chuck said, any nuance, and said, “Well ok great, I understand that it’s very troubling, let’s ask questions and wait for the facts to come out…” Oh my God the Right just went crazy.

Scarborough tried to temper his remarks by saying he wasn’t equating the two, but by making the comparison, he was doing exactly that.

Exactly how is the reaction from the right about the loss of four American lives in Benghazi similar to the left’s overreaction to an alleged political vendetta by a few people in the Christie administration, where drivers on the George Washington Bridge were inconvenienced, and where no one died?

The simple answer is, it isn’t.

While Scarborough is right about the left’s reaction to the over-hyped Bridgegate “scandal,” he is dead wrong about the reaction from the right to a tragic event that deserves a Watergate-style Select Committee to find out the real truth about Benghazi. At this point, more than 175 members of the House of Representatives have co-sponsored a bill for just such a committee, but it is being blocked by Republican leadership. That is why AIM has established the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi, a group of retired admirals, generals, colonels, and CIA officers who are determined to get to the truth.


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