Is The Entire NJ Mainstream Media In The Tank For Pallone?

By Art Gallagher

The FDA made an extraordinary and unprecedented move today when it announced that it was rescinding its 2008 approval of a medical device. The FDA said that the approval was made in error, after the product had already been rejected, based upon political pressure made by Congressman Frank Pallone and Steve Rothman as well as Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez.  All four knee jerks waged their campaign for the product’s approval by the FDA after receiving significant campaign contributions from the product’s manufacturer.

It’s pretty big news when a federal agency reverses itself and cites the inappropriate, if not illegal, actions of four federal legislators from the same state as the reason for their errant decision.  Don’t you think?   Some might say it is something of a scandal.  No?

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, Fox, The LA Times, TIME and many others thought it was newsworthy today.

Not so the NJ Media outlets.  The Star Ledger’s NJ.com has a difficult to find article on the matter, but their piece doesn’t mention Pallone, Rothman, Lautenberg or Menendez.

The APP and MyCentralJersey have nothing on it. The Associated Press, the news syndicate the APP and MyCentralJersey(the website for the Courier News and the Home News Tribute) get much of their news from,  published a the story, with the knee jerks named, at 4:30 this afternoon.

The Little Campaign issued at press release on the matter, questioning what else Pallone has sold his office for, at 5:05 this afternoon.

Maybe the story broke too late in the day for the Neptune Nudniks and their MyCentralJersey brethren and they will cover it tomorrow.  What’s the Star Ledger’s excuse from editing out Pallone, Rothman, Lautenberg and Menedez from the story? The Star Ledger subscribes to the Associated Press too.

My guess is that they are unfair and biased, i.e biased and pretending not to be.

UPDATE:  It has come to our attention that the APP has a reporter working on a story about Gerry Scharfenberger’s reverse 9-11 call about recycling, with a political rather than budgetary or environmental slant.  That’s a higher priority than Pallone selling his office and putting patients’ health at risk. 

Posted: October 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: FDA, Pallone | Tags: , , , , , | 10 Comments »

10 Comments on “Is The Entire NJ Mainstream Media In The Tank For Pallone?”

  1. M. Ward said at 11:06 pm on October 14th, 2010:

    Art, do you think there is anything we, the concerned citizen, can do to pressure the press to report this?

  2. Vic Fedorov said at 11:09 pm on October 14th, 2010:

    huge example of how selective and filtering our media is.
    Is the filtering and ignoring of informationan example of a Free Press?
    No, and the sooner this example of not free journalism is exposed as yet another restriction upon the free press, the sooner we may free ourselves with a free press.

  3. MLaffey said at 11:14 pm on October 14th, 2010:

    You have to ask that question?

  4. Charles M said at 11:18 pm on October 14th, 2010:

    Did you see the Community Reporter?? “Pallone winning 2 to 1” and they got this out of the MU poll.

  5. ArtGallagher said at 11:54 pm on October 14th, 2010:

    @MWard: call them, write them, comment on their websites. leave a link to this post

    @MLaffey: You know what Christie’s going to do? 🙂

    @Charles. They had that headline on the APP website before correcting it. They are making the NYTimes and The Enquirer look good.

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  7. Phil said at 8:18 am on October 15th, 2010:

    I have an idea. Perhaps we the people should print this out and distribute it to our neighbors door steps.

  8. James Hogan said at 9:10 am on October 15th, 2010:

    When Christie was running for Gov, Pallone and the Dems ran ads on TV saying “one set of rules for himself; one set of rules for everyone else”. At the time, I wrote the below asking if Pallone would follow his own rules and give up his federal pension:
    http://averagenoone.blogspot.com/2009/09/will-frank-pallone-lose-his-federal.html The WSJ story from 2009 is at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123906079024695033-search.html?KEYWORDS=regen&COLLECTION=wsjie/6month

  9. Russ said at 4:14 pm on October 15th, 2010:

    Is water wet?

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