Message In a Bubble:  Jennifer Rubin Edition


(h/t photo by the one and only Mario Piperni)

Jennifer Rubin is a conservative opinion blogger for The Washington Post and for the eleventy-umpteenth time she has just about had it with the mainstream media’s lack of journalistic integrity and shoddy workmanship [this time she’s looking at you, MSNBC].

Yesterday Ms. Rubin took to her blogatorium to inform us that if there is a real scandal to this whole BridgeGate thing, it is actually MSNBC’s persecution of jolly old Gov. Christie who has already told us “I am not a bully, so fuhgeddaboudit already!”  There is so much utter silliness in this blog post that I only just finished unpacking it by Sunday morning.

If you are unfamiliar with Ms. Rubin’s oeuvre you might want to read this short offering, from last year, explaining why conservatives hate the mainstream media [which generously pays her salary].  It is cleverly entitled “Why Conservatives Hate the Mainstream Media.”  The gist of it is that conservatives hate the mainstream media because mainstream journos are lazy, lying, un-serious, morally bankrupt Lefties who never ask Obama the hard questions.

So, it’s only a short hop, skip and a jump from there to how Rachel Maddow, Steve Kornacki and Chris Hayes are just the biggest meanies in smear-dom for their abuse of Chris Christie aka the GOP’s Great White Hope 2016.

Here is Rubin’s REAL NEWS!!!

The bridge scandal started out as a test for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). Now it has become a test for the media. MSNBC, which long ago stopped being a news outlet in the sense of going out to find facts and is largely indistinguishable from Democratic Party talking points, has been going 24/7 since the bridge story broke. No surprise. But then Saturday MSNBC decided to throw even the pretense of journalism overboard.

Evidently the first-person, in-person account of Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, armed with her personal diary, emails and other documents on the set of Up With Steve Kornacki was just not quite factual enough to satisfy Rubin’s journalistic standards.

Rubin complained that Zimmer’s diary has yet to be “released, reviewed or verified.”

These aren’t the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jennifer.  If we are expected to take Christie’s word for it that he has done no wrong, then why shouldn’t we take Mayor Zimmer’s word for it that some of the governor’s aides might have?

Unbound by her own journalistic principles, however, Rubin goes on to explain why she has the journalist’s BFF—a gut feeling— that Mayor Zimmer might be less than truthful:

The claim is on its face somewhat ridiculous since the modest-sized town had asked for more than $100 million (!) in funds and got $70 million, according to the statement released by Christie’s office.

This is what post-Sandy Hoboken looked like:


Mayor Zimmer estimated that there was $100 million in private property damage and $10 Million in public property damage [has your home ever been flooded, Jen?].  Zimmer said although she had asked for around $100 million Hoboken had only received around $340,000 in Sandy aid from the state, even though the city was extensively flooded for days after the storm, leaving residents to wade through knee-high water that was filled with pollutants.

So. Ridiculous(!) amount? perhaps a political blogger is not particularly qualified to make that judgment?

Ms. Rubin goes on to say that Hoboken “got $70 million.”

Except that a mainstream media journalist might have noticed that Christie’s statement actually reads:

Governor Christie and his entire administration have been helping Hoboken get the help they need after Sandy, with the city already having been approved for nearly $70 million dollars in federal aid and is targeted to get even more when the Obama Administration approves the next rounds of funding.

But, according to an interview with a CNN reporter [mainstream media alert] Zimmer says that money had nothing to do with Christie:

She said the $70 million given to Hoboken was through flood insurance and other mechanisms that did not need approval from the state. She received only $300,000 in Christie-approved funds, she said.

And, sure enough the money is not among the allocations listed on the official New Jersey state Sandy recovery website.

With all of this conflicting evidence in hand and exhaustively analyzed, I’m afraid I have to come out on the side of the . . .

MSNBC hit-squad that does not investigate, does not make any pretense of balance or fairness and is nevertheless given legitimacy by other media elites . . .

rather than the unprofessional [and uninteresting, I might add] victimology that Ms. Rubin has spun into a luxurious wrap for the naked emperor as well as a cloak of journalistic superiority for herself.

And while I’m at it, I’d love to take this opportunity to add my endorsement of the advice that Patrick Pexton, former Washington Post ombudsman, gave Jeff Bezos when Bezos took ownership of the paper last summer:

Jennifer Rubin. Have Fred Hiatt, your editorial page editor—who I like, admire, and respect—fire opinion blogger Jennifer Rubin. Not because she’s conservative, but because she’s just plain bad. She doesn’t travel within a hundred miles of Post standards. She parrots and peddles every silly right-wing theory to come down the pike in transparent attempts to get Web hits. Her analysis of the conservative movement, which is a worthwhile and important beat that the Post should treat more seriously on its national pages, is shallow and predictable. Her columns, at best, are political pornography; they get a quick but sure rise out of the right, but you feel bad afterward.

And she is often wrong, and rarely acknowledges it. She was oh-so-wrong about Mitt Romney, week after week writing embarrassing flattery about his 2012 campaign, calling almost every move he made brilliant, and guaranteeing that he would trounce Barack Obama. When he lost, the next day she savaged him and his campaign with treachery, saying he was the worst candidate with the worst staff, ever. She was wrong about the Norway shootings being acts of al-Qaida. She was wrong about Chuck Hagel being an anti-Semite. And does she apologize? Nope.

Posted by Bette Noir on 01/19/14 at 02:19 PM • Permalink

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Too bad Bezos didn’t take that bit of advice, for everyone’s sake.  La Rubin is petty, abusive, and sucks as a writer.

More wankeriffic hacktackularlessness from Jennifer Rubin. Honestly I think she should apply to get Baghdad Bob’s old job, but then I remember she’s the wrong sex, & the wrong race for that country.

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