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Shock of all shocks.  MSNBC at fault for good investigative reporting.  Kudos to MSNBC, but even more kudos to the Bergen Group (The Record and NorthJersey.com).

NorthJersey.com, NO. 1 IN BREAKING LOCAL NEWS, has this lead story right now:

Hoboken mayor Zimmer accuses Christie lieutenant of tying Sandy aid to development approval [video]

Zimmer, a Democrat, said she wrote about the May 2013 incident in her personal journal, pages of which were shown on the MSNBC program where she was interviewed by host Steve Kornacki. She also read from her journal in an interview Saturday with The Record...

How dare this quality New Jersey news outlet cover the same news as MSNBC (and CNN, and The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times)?

Do the folks at Bergen not know that Colin Reed has labeled such reporting as 'partisan' and 'openly hostile?'

While Colin Reed, himself under subpoena, blasts a scatter-shot attack against MSNBC (which most uses guilt-by-association by condemning Faux Noise, noted news outlets like The Washington Post praise the Bergen Group for being the first to expose the recent Christie scandals. (Bolding mine.)

After the Record blew open the story yesterday morning, news outlets everywhere scrambled to match the story — and to acquire the documents that the Record had acquired. An attribution in the New York Times reads like this: “The documents were obtained by The New York Times and other news outlets Wednesday.” A similar attribution appears in The Post. Boburg: “I don’t know this but I believe they also obtained them. . . . All I know is that we had them first.”
Three cheers for Steve Kornacki, Rachel Maddow, AND The Bergen Group.

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  •  Tip Jar (25+ / 0-)

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Antonin Scalia, John Boner, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

    by Eman on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 04:55:03 PM PST

  •  I haven't seen NY Times cover this yet (5+ / 0-)
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    Nothing about it on the front page of its website.

    •  Just not front-paged (7+ / 0-)

      Mayor of Hoboken Says Hurricane Relief Was Threatened

      Mr. Christie’s trip, which was supposed to showcase his political resilience after the rockiest period of his governorship, was overshadowed by claims from the mayor of Hoboken, N.J., Dawn Zimmer, a Democrat.

      In a television interview on Saturday, she said that two high-ranking aides to Mr. Christie had threatened to withhold money for Hurricane Sandy recovery to her hard-hit city if she did not support a real estate development that the governor wanted built in her jurisdiction.

      "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Antonin Scalia, John Boner, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

      by Eman on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 05:07:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  More jucy bits from the NYT article (15+ / 0-)

      Bolding mine.

      Mr. Reed took the unusual step of denouncing MSNBC, on which Mr. Christie is a frequent guest, as “a partisan network that has been openly hostile to Governor Christie and almost gleeful in their efforts attacking him.”
      and the funniest part:
      Inside, Mr. Christie found what must pass, at this difficult moment, as an oasis for him: a group of Ferrari and Jaguar-driving Florida Republicans for whom traffic in New Jersey is a distant thought.

      Getting into his Bentley after the fund-raiser, one guest, Geoffrey Leigh, called the controversy over the lane closures “little flies on the wall, quite frankly.”

      "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Antonin Scalia, John Boner, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

      by Eman on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 05:18:31 PM PST

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      •  Bentley? (4+ / 0-)
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        Of course. What else would Sir Geoffrey drive?

        Is Sir Geoffrey a US citizen? Can he legally contribute to political candidates here?

        http://www.nonprofitfacts.com/...

        I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

        by Just Bob on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 07:10:24 PM PST

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        •  Great catch. Wonder if the NYT knows that. n/t (3+ / 0-)
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          "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Antonin Scalia, John Boner, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

          by Eman on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 08:30:12 PM PST

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          •  More on Sir Geoffrey (2+ / 0-)
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            dateline Friday 22 October 1993

            http://www.independent.co.uk/...

            Morris Leigh, a mere babe in arms at 86, has decided to bow out of Allied London Properties.

            Mr Leigh leaves his 60-year-old son, Sir Geoffrey Leigh, as chairman of the group into which he reversed his property interests back in 1970. He has decided not to seek re-election as a director in December. He has also sold his entire holding of 8 million shares, which, at yesterday's closing price of 113p, has netted pounds 9m to comfort him in his retirement.

            'He's been working for 70 years and still used to come into the office every day. I think he's just going to enjoy himself,' said Sir Geoffrey.

            I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

            by Just Bob on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 09:28:23 PM PST

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      •  "Morning Joe" (6+ / 0-)

        Hosts Joe and Mika are loyal Christie supporters.  Scarbough is a drooling Conservative Republican that mentions his time in Congress at least 10 times during each show and Mika thinks Christie is the best.  The rest of their crew seem to also be Christie supporters.  

        Of course, Hayes, Maddow, O'Donnell, Schultz, Kornacki (who previously working on a NJ Blog with Wildwood) the Rev, and maybe 2 or 3 others see him for what he is.  A lying bully and a phony and I guess that's what bothers them.  MSNBC has been doing excellent reporting on Bridgegate and I hope they continue to do so.  

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

        by Rosalie907 on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 08:25:38 PM PST

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  •  The Record may get serious recognition for this (1+ / 0-)
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    though they once told me 35 bucks a week was too much for a fishing column I proposed. Got to meet the editor of the paper they had just bought tho. Dude took me seriously. I wanted to do it with an environmental bent. I almost had them convinced.

  •  Christie cavorting at the home of a sugar baron (1+ / 0-)
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    is about right.

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    What I hadn't noticed before was the associative value of his name, Christie. Having the same name as a prestigious auction house probably resonates at some level with the royalist sympathies of Republicans.

    Perhaps we should specify Christie, the Governor, not the auctioneers.

    Obamacare at your fingertips: 1-800-318-2596; TTY: 1-855-889-4325

    by hannah on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 02:16:24 AM PST

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