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Media feeding frenzy: Chris Christie's keynote address earns sour marks

Published: Tuesday, July 28 2015 9:03 p.m. MDT

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann, cheer for Gov. Chris Christie, R- N.J., during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 in Tampa, Fla.  (Associated Press) Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann, cheer for Gov. Chris Christie, R- N.J., during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. (Associated Press)

The print media hammered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday for his keynote address the previous night at the Republican National Convention. The prevailing sentiment surrounding Christie's speech is that he spent too much of his 24-minute address talking about himself and not enough time speaking about GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

A cadre of striking headlines illustrates the widespread dissatisfaction with Christie's remarks:

Politico: "Chris Christie's flop at the GOP convention"

New Yorker: "Disturbed man gets past convention security, gives keynote address"

CBS News: "Jersey bore"

Washington Post: "Chris Christie's failed advertisement"

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.  (Charles Dharapak, Associated Press) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (Charles Dharapak, Associated Press)

New York Times: "Chris Christie: But enough about Mitt, let's talk about me"

For those tempted to cite the Christie-bashing as an instance of liberal media bias, an easy rebuke would be to point to the positive press Ann Romney's Tuesday speech generated as proof the media doesn't have it in for conservatives. But former New York mayor and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani offered his own theory: the media mauled Christie because Ann Romney was essentially off-limits.

Speaking Wednesday to Fox News, Giuliani said, “(Media members) don’t like (Christie's) message, they don’t like what he’s trying to do and they certainly don’t want to see (Mitt) Romney win. So they gotta tear down something. They couldn’t really tear down Mrs. Romney’s speech. First of all, it would have been insensitive to attack her. Second, she gave a great speech and it would have been very hard to attack her. So they pick on Chris, who is a target. … I don’t think Chris could win, at least not with the liberal media."

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (J. Scott Applewhite, ASSOCIATED PRESS) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (J. Scott Applewhite, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

J.G. Askar is a graduate of BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School and member of the Utah State Bar. Contact him at jaskar@desnews.com or 801-236-6051.

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