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Chris Matthews

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His voice is irresistibly charming.
One of the
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Chris Matthews (b. 1945) is a TV News anchor, a talking head flannelmouth, and host of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews and NBC's The Chris Matthews Show. Hardball was originally presented as the quasi-liberal counter to such shows as Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor. In promotions before the show aired, his connections to the Democratic party were hyped, but the minute he opened his mouth, it was apparent he was "left" (compared to O'Reilly or Rush). He is, however, generally right-of-center in many of his comments and views.

Hardball[edit]

Hardball with Chris Matthews, a daily talking-heads panel "news"[1] show, first aired on America's Talking[2] as Politics with Chris Matthews in 1994[3]. Its content (and obviously, title) is supposedly based on Matthew's 1988 book, Hardball: How Politics is Played Told By One Who Knows the Game. Matthews frequently gets his view across by interrupting and talking over his guests.

Recurring guests on Hardball have included:

A sad, notable moment: Hardball was one of the first shows to give Michele Bachmann a forum for her opinions. In effect Hardball was responsible for launching her political career. When on October 17, 2008 she was asked how many people she believed were "Anti-American", she replied:

"What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating exposé and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America? I think people would love to see an exposé like that."

Matthews said nothing about the very unAmerican position she held, advocating that the media investigate our government to insure that they are "thinking right". And history showed that while this offended the left, it was the single comment that made Bachmann's ascension to the new "Right Wing Darling".

Controversy[edit]

Sometimes it's best to just let the pundit speak for himself...

Hillary Clinton[edit]

I'll be brutal, the reason she's a U.S. senator, the reason she's a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around. That's how she got to be senator from New York. We keep forgetting it. She didn't win there on her merit.
—January 9, 2008 on MSNBC's Morning Joe

Obama[edit]

You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour.
—part of his State of the Union coverage, January 22, 2010.
“I felt this thrill going up my leg!”
—on Obama's style of speaking, quoted from Huffington Post on February 28, 2008

Islam[edit]

Every school in the Arab world will be a madrass school.
Five years from now, 10 years from now, there's going to be a huge Islamic population in the world, they're going to be nationalistic, they're going to be religious, and they're going to be militant.

Hurricane Sandy[edit]

I’m so glad we had that storm last week.

Lightning rod[edit]

As you may have noticed Matthews has, at times, been more of a detriment to liberal causes than an aid to them. This is mainly because his stupid comments end up giving ammunition to wingnuts and feeds their already severe persecution complex. Certain pundits will often conflate Matthews with liberals in order to generalize them and knock them down. Though Matthews is definitely a Democrat, he has described himself as being fairly conservative, to the point where he voted for George W. Bush in 2000 and earned the scorn of Media Matters for praising Bush repeatedly in 2005.[5] He has generally been more liberal since then but described himself as a "centrist" in 2012. He also strongly supported both the Iraq War and the Keystone XL pipeline. However, this probably won't stop right-wing pundits from using him to bash liberals over the head with, since most of their audience probably thinks anyone to the left of Newt Gingrich is liberal.

References[edit]

  1. Matthews' news is usually presented with somewhat of a liberal slant but his guests come from across the political spectrum
  2. MSNBC's short-lived ancestor
  3. it's the only surviving show of that network
  4. Ok, so she's a news anchor in her own right, but still
  5. http://mediamatters.org/research/2005/12/23/chris-matthews-2005s-misinformer-of-the-year/134530