Media Watch: The Sharyl Attkisson approach
The Associated Press filed this report:
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Labor leaders rallying for collective bargaining rights in New Jersey went on the offensive Thursday with one comparing Gov. Chris Christie to Adolf Hitler and two Democratic legislative leaders to his generals, one day after the three agreed on a deal to sharply restrict state employee bargaining rights and increase health care costs.
“Welcome to Nazi Germany,” Christopher Shelton, international vice president of the Communication Workers of America’s District 1, told the large crowd gathered on the Statehouse lawn. “It’s going to take World War III to get rid of Adolf Christie.”
There was a call for some temperance.
Lesniak, D-Elizabeth, who was opposed by the NJEA in a tough primary election last week, pledged his support but urged Democrats to distance themselves from inflammatory genocide remarks.
“We cannot support equating Chris Christie and Steve Sweeney and Sheila Oliver with Nazis,” Lesniak said. “We support your rights totally, but we cannot be associated with those comments.”
More rallies are planned for next week.
The article didn’t note it, of course, but the audience didn’t exactly protest when Shelton made the Nazi remarks. Not exactly surprising, but noteworthy all the same. Yet these people are supposed to represent “middle class America”? I don’t think so.