Why Is the Legacy Media Ignoring Rudy Giuliani’s ShagGate?

Let’™s make this really simple: THE EX-MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY, A LEADING GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, DEFRAUDED THE TAXPAYERS OF NEW YORK TO PROVIDE AID, COMFORT, AND TRANSPORTATION TO HIS MISTRESS. So, why is this guy still in the race?

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Those of us who eat, drink, and sleep presidential politics have been perplexed since Rudy Giuliani announced his GOP candidacy: why is / was this guy basically getting a free pass on his past personal indiscretions, and why does the legacy media continue to perpetuate the ‘œAmerica’™s Mayor’ myth? If a Democratic Party candidate had the skeletons of Bernie Kerik and Judith Nathan rattling around in their closet, they would have been drummed out of the race a long time ago – by fellow Dems.

But for some reason, Rudy remains almost untouchable by his fellow GOP candidates and the legacy media. Is it his connection to 9/11? Does he have, errr, compromising pictures of Fred Thompson and Chris Matthews? While ShagGate has been kicking around on the fringes of the news cycle for most of this week, ABC broke the latest details on Thursday:

Well before it was publicly known he was seeing her, then-married New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani provided a police driver and city car for his mistress Judith Nathan, former senior city officials tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.

‘œShe used the PD as her personal taxi service,’ said one former city official who worked for Giuliani.

Yet, when I was starting my day today, I turned on the TV, flipped back and forth through the various news networks for nearly an hour, and nothing. Bupkis. CNN, MS-NBC and Fox all had stories on the salt-in-food controversy, CNN went with a story of a homeless Salvation Army bell ringer being canned, everyone was still talking about Tuesday’™s GOP debate, but nothing on ShagGate. Nothing.

Let’™s make this really, really simple:

THE EX-MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY, A LEADING GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, DEFRAUDED THE TAXPAYERS OF NEW YORK TO PROVIDE AID, COMFORT, AND TRANSPORTATION TO HIS MISTRESS.

I know that my shout-out above won’™t fit on a bumper sticker, but fer chrissakes, from a news reporting standpoint it just doesn’™t get any easier. There’™s not much need to further flesh out the story. We don’™t even need any more dirt. Giuliani should be smart enough to withdraw from the race on the merits of this incident alone, before indictments are handed up. If the allegation of his misuse of taxpayers funds doesn’™t rate an investigation by the New York State Attorney General, I’™d be very surprised.

The details are still simmering and approaching a low boil, but still, I sit here wondering:

What in the hell is it gonna take to wake up a legacy media that’™s apparently slept through the last seven years?

Friday, November 30th, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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