Joe Scarborough criticized his employer Monday for neglecting to report on the New Jersey legislature clearing Governor Chris Christie of any involvement in the “Bridgegate” scandal on September 9, 2013. MSNBC devoted many months reporting on the lane closures connecting Fort Lee, NJ, to the George Washington Bridge that resulted in a massive traffic jam on the first day of school. The Governor was accused of being behind the political retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, who did not endorse Christie in his re-election bid. Scarborough wondered whether certain networks would give the same amount of coverage to the scandal now that Christie had been cleared of wrongdoing.
“And I’m looking forward to us leading news with it. I’m sure that all the networks are going to be running it for weeks to come: Chris Christie cleared by the New Jersey State legislature. And I’m looking forward, I actually turned on TV because I was expecting, actually, to see people that had been talking about it for eight months straight to actually say, ‘well guess what, nothing came of it.’ They actually found, like, news to make up and then put a breaking news header: ‘Chris Christie may be responsible for a future meteor shower’ or something.”
As the discussion opened up among the panelists, Bloomberg Politics editor John Heilemann wondered to which network he was referring to. Scarborough acted innocent:
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“What network do you think I’m referring to? I made a blanket comment that I was talking about one specific network. I don’t know why you would say that. It makes me sad that you think I would be focused on one network.”
Heilemann commented that networks gave the scandal plenty of coverage:
“It got a lot of coverage on a lot of networks, back a year ago. A lot of networks.”
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Scarborough made panting noises as he managed one last sarcastic remark:
“I’m looking forward to the eight weeks of nonstop breathless coverage. Do something to it.”
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