From The Blaze:
On Thanksgiving Day, Shannon Epstein, 25, climbed aboard a Spirit Airlines flight headed from New Orleans to New Jersey. However, after the plane left the gate but before it could take off, Epstein allegedly began causing a scene, accusing a Latina family seated near her of “smuggling cocaine.”
Because of the wild accusation, airport officials decided to redirect the plane back to the gate so that Epstein could be removed. However, she refused to cooperate, reports say. When deputies tried to force her to deplane, she became “extremely combative,” said Capt. Jason Rivarde of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
During a scuffle with six deputies at Louis Armstrong International Airport, Epstein supposedly caused several injuries. She has been accused of biting one officer in the arm to such an extent that she broke the skin. She has also been accused of kicking another officer in the groin.
Many other news sources including NBC News, Yahoo! and The New York Post are headlining this story and giving it far more circulation and attention than the typical “wacko goes nuts on an airplane” tale.
Why do Shannon Epstein’s antics matter? They don’t. She’s irrelevant to the nation, national security, the economy and the culture. Thousands of more substantive crimes have been committed by similarly insignificant people since she had her meltdown.
But Epstein is the niece of disgraced fallen political star Chris Cristie, and many in the news media want to embarrass him and lower him further with cheap cognitive dissonance attacks. See, Christie’s niece is a violent, bigoted nut, so that must mean that that Christie himself has these traits, or approves of them. or something. It’s guilt by association…distant association.
Did the former New Jersey governor raise the woman? No. Is he responsible for her? No. Is she a member of his immediate family? No. I have a nephew and a niece, and if one turned out to be a terrorist and the other a cannibal, I would feel no guilt or responsibility for their actions at all. I also had five aunts and four uncles. I knew them all pretty well, but they get no credit for whatever it is that I’ve accomplished, and share no blame for my screw-ups. If I went nuts on a plane—and I might—the identity of my one living aunt would be completely irrelevant to the matter, and so it is with Christie and his niece.
The over-hyping of this sordid episode is unfair to Christie, but it is also unfair to Epstein, who may have just been off her meds or something. Being related to a famous person shouldn’t ensure exaggerated attention when someone misbehaves.
This isn’t a new phenomenon; the news media jackals were like this even before they abandoned their other ethical principles. It’s still disgusting.