WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014
A postponement: In our view, this has been a remarkable week.
We were especially struck by Monday night’s Maddow Show. In particular, we were struck by the exchanges between Maddow and John Wisniewski, co-chair of the New Jersey Assembly’s investigation into the Fort Lee lane closings.
Maddow was expanding the list of people she wants to see drawn and quartered. We felt her list of wanted posters was moving well beyond the state of the facts in this case—and Maddow has been rather selective in the facts she has chosen to report.
What was actually behind those ludicrous lane closings? The truth is still a long way off, but cable wants its conclusions right now.
That is the business model of cable, and Maddow is all business.
We were almost shocked by some of the exchanges between Maddow and Wisniewski. We were especially troubled by some of the things Wisniewski said.
We thought Monday night was as bad a night as we’ve ever seen on cable, and that’s going back a long way. In the process of sorting this matter out, we’ve pretty much lost the thread of the series we’d planned for this week.
When scandal stories reach critical mass, the misdirections are pretty much everywhere. When that happens, it’s very hard to keep up with the poop.
There were times in the twenty-month war against Gore when the bullroar was overwhelming. This week has seemed like that.
Tomorrow, we’ll try to sift that Maddow segment to tell you why we found it troubling. For our money, we thought Wisniewski was starting to flirt with plain old dishonesty for the first time since he became the legislative face of these events.
Meanwhile, Maddow was extending her witch hunts in a way we thought was very bad. Assuming the worst of the Christie crowd, we’ll have to say she seems quite a bit like them.
It may turn out that Christie has behaved very badly in the Fort Lee matter (or not). However Christie’s conduct shakes out, the conduct of the press corps in this matter has reached a critical mass.
These are very puzzling people—they’re very inept, and not very honest. It’s been this way for a very long time. The guild has agreed not to notice.