The media quickly came up with a term for the apparently politically orchestrated George Washington Bridge traffic jam: "Bridgegate." Now what catchy term do the media attach to the explosive new book castigating the incumbent wartime commander in chief? "Gatesgate"? Hardly.
Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is suspected of orchestrating, for political payback, a traffic jam on the GW Bridge. "Meet the Press" spent more than half of its most recent show -- 28 minutes not counting commercials -- on "Bridgegate," less than 11 minutes on the Gates' allegations, another 12 minutes reporting on women living in poverty and exactly zero seconds on the just-released jobs report.
According to Media Research Center, the Big Three television networks --CBS, NBC and ABC -- media spent 17 times more airtime on "Bridgegate" in 24 hours than they did in 6 months on Obama's IRS scandal.
Oh, and that jobs report? Worst in years. December saw a jobs gain of only 74,000 -- substantially less than the nearly 200K expected. The labor force participation rate, which measures the percentage of Americans working or actively looking for a job, fell to 62.8 percent -- the lowest level in 36 years.
Now, about the non-existent Gatesgate scandal. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates makes frightening allegations in his new book, "Duty." Gates wrote that shortly after the new President decided to send 30,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan, Obama became "skeptical if not outright convinced (his strategy) would fail" -- even as Gates was signing deployment orders! Gates recalls thinking that Obama "doesn't believe in his own strategy and doesn't consider the war to be his. For him, it's all about getting out."
But in August 2008, then-candidate Sen. Obama said the war in Afghanistan -- unlike the Iraq War -- was "not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity. ... If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al-Qaida would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting; this is fundamental to the defense of our people."
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