Gov. Chris Christie Out Of Line, Owes Reporter Apology
My readers had to know this story was going to set me off.
I have always thought the demeanor of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is more akin to a mobster than a thoughtful politician.
That image in my mind played out again this weekend when Christie made a rude comment to a journalist–a journalist I might add who was only doing his job. In so doing Christie gave a back-handed slap to the citizens of New Jersey.
For that he owes the reporter a sincere apology.
First, lets look at the nasty side of Christie.
I am not sure if Christie is aware of the role reporters play in this country. The average fifth grader could most likely inform Christie that the first duty of a journalist is to let people know what is going on in the world around them. To make it even more clear to Christie, that would include New Jersey.
Any over-sized ego is asking for a disaster when stepping in front of a microphone, and announcing only one topic can be discussed. While Christie wanted to talk about the water emergency situation in his state, he very well should have allowed questions on other topics.
It is absurd to think that the media should be gathered around only to further the talking points of a politician. That a reporter might have legitimate questions about a whole bevy of issues from a politician comes with the territory when holding a press availability.
Christie should also know reporter’s questions might arise since we live in America with a little document called the Constitution!
It might also be noted that reporters work for the larger good of the citizenry. Reporters are our ears and eyes for the many news events that make up our world. It is their duty to ask and probe, inquire and dig. Reporters are not lap dogs for Christie!
It is the duty of a reporter to stand up to a gas-bag like Christie and ask the pertinent questions for the people of New Jersey. To pretend otherwise is a slap in the face to the readers, viewers, and listeners that the reporter informs.
Gov. Chris Christie owes a sincere apology to the reporter.