Chris Christie Doesn’t Say He’s NOT Running for President!

The New York Times had a headline on Saturday that read, “Imagining a Christie Campaign for President.”

That seems appropriate–if we’re talking about how it’s the corporate media doing the imagining.

On ABC‘s This Week (10/2/11), Jonathan Karl announced that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s speech at the Reagan Library “was the most electrifying event of the campaign so far.”

That speech was treated like a big event on the NBC Nightly News (9/28/11), with anchor Brian Williams saying up front that Christie is “the man whose every word is being watched and listened to so very carefully.” Reporter Chuck Todd–you know, the voice of the voiceless–explains that there is a “twist” in the presidential race: “Chris Christie opened the door a crack to running for president.”

What does that mean? Apparently he didn’t say he’s not running:

It’s what New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did not say at the Reagan Library Tuesday night that froze the Republican presidential race in place. He didn’t say no.

In the NBC segment, Christie tells people to go check out a Politico story–which is a compilation of all the times he’s said he’s not running for president. Which kind of sounds like he doesn’t think he’s running for president, right?

And if that doesn’t convince you, surely this will:

TODD: But when an audience member pleaded with him:

Offscreen Voice #2: I mean this with all my heart. We can’t wait another four years to 2016. We need you. Your country needs you to run for president.

TODD: Christie stopped joking and left an opening.

Gov. CHRISTIE: I thank you for what you’re saying and I take it in and I’m listening to every word of it and feeling it, too.

TODD: Everything about Christie’s speech screamed national campaign.

Everything except, you know, the part where he says he’s running for president.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.