Newspaper fires back after Christie unleashes on reporter
August 27th, 2013
01:52 PM ET
9 years ago

Newspaper fires back after Christie unleashes on reporter

(CNN) - Chris Christie has been clear he's no fan of reporters.

But after he called one an "idiot" on Monday, one newspaper fired back.

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"Who you calling an idiot, fatso!" blared the headline of the New York Daily News.

The banner was backed up by one of paper's columnists, Mike Lupica, who said Christie should "pick on someone his own size" rather than Daily News a sports writer.

"Manesh Mehta is an idiot. The guy is a complete idiot, self-consumed, underpaid, reporter," Christie said Monday while guest hosting a New York sports program on WFAN radio.

Mehta and other reporters questioned the New York Jets' decision to play quarterback Mark Sanchez in the fourth quarter of a Sunday night pre-season game, when he suffered a shoulder injury. He was put in to relieve the team's rookie quarterback, who played the first three quarters of that matchup with the New York Giants.

Christie said on the show that the conversation shouldn't be about Mehta, and rather "it should be about the Sanchez decision and we shouldn't be giving this dope the amount of airtime we've given him already."

But Christie wasn't done.

"Let's give him a nickname - what do you want, M&M?" he was asked.

Christie replied: "The Dope."

The Daily News responded, "Gov's random attack on News' Jets scribe makes HIM the 'dope.'"

The collumnist suggested that maybe Christie was siding with the Jets coach over the reporter because "they both have undergone lap-band surgery the past couple of years, maybe it's some kind of Lap-Band of Brothers deal."

- CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Partisan

    So typical of the far left to cry for "tolerance", but then to personally attack a man's weight. Typical of the far left party of hate.

    August 27, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. are122

    I wish a story, "Fatso fights with Idiot" was the worse one in the news about today's events.

    August 27, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    Would that be like the RWNJ's who refer to the FLOTUS as Moochelle???

    August 27, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. betty

    War looming and this is the best there is?

    August 27, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    I think this is another paper that Rupert Murdoch has ruined. The front page has all the hallmarks of Murdoch, being crass, rude, and tasteless, along with a propensity for picking fights with anyone or anything deemed a threat to their misguided beliefs of " whatever sells, print it and sell it" regardless of content.

    August 27, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Tim Hampton

    He is fat. I guess that means the writer is an idiot.

    August 27, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. dotheflippin'math

    Seems to be a serious lack of maturity and civility on both their parts. These new TeaGOP folk are an embarrassment to the country. Lead the country? I'm not even sure if some of them are ready for training pants. I've seen toddlers get along better. You can generally make a deal with a toddler. You give them something they want, so they will give you something you want. It seems so simple, but, sadly, not for them.

    August 27, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. DrNo

    As usual, the right can't deal with facts. CC is a blimp, and lives in a fat bubble! And to talk of the left in the same place as the Daily News, is laughable.

    August 27, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Leatrix

    Why is it always Chris Christie that gets caught in the middle of childish bs like this? I can't think of another politician republican or democrat that has so many ridiculous stories tied to them except maybe Sarah Palin but she has a category all her own.

    August 27, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. snowdogg

    MUCH ado about nothing

    August 27, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. ronjayaz

    The NY DN is ever to the right, never to the left. U can prevent be coming "fatso," altho I think there are some diseases, but U can't prevent idiocy, it's innate. However, arent ad hominem attacks considered unintelligent debate. My favorite for CC is the "Too Fat Polka." U can hear it on U tube-I dont want him, U can have him, he;s too fat for me.

    August 27, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. tea party days are numbered

    school kids, and these are supposedly grown ups?

    August 27, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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