NBC's Brokaw Scolds Media Fixation on Christie: Country's Saying, 'You've Got to Move On, Guys'
Appearing on Wednesday's MSNBC Daily Rundown, NBC special
correspondent Tom Brokaw warned his media colleagues about their
excessive coverage of the Chris Christie bridge controversy: "I
do think, across the country, however, when they're looking at long-term
unemployment, and they're looking at the uncertainty of the ObamaCare,
they're saying, 'You've got to move on, guys.'" [Listen to the audio]
Brokaw continued: "You can only close those lanes for so long if you're in the national media. I do wonder if this had happened in Nevada, whether it would have gotten much attention."
Brokaw was referring to his own network. Since news broke on January 8
of the politically-motivated George Washington bridge closing, NBC News
provided a total of twenty-five full reports – twenty-five reports in
the space of eight days. Nine of those full segments were featured on Nightly News, while sixteen were aired on Today.
In addition, the majority of Sunday's Meet the Press was devoted to Christie, that despite a just-released memoir from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates highly critical of the Obama administration.
— Kyle Drennen is Senior News Analyst at the Media Research Center. Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.