Written on Monday, February 4, 2013 by David L. Goetsch
Chris Matthews, you need to find another line of work. Your ratings are nothing to brag about, your over-the-top rants against conservatives are almost comic, and you have lost the respect of many of your fellow liberals. I am sure there is a reason why MSNBC keeps you on the air, but for the life of me I cannot imagine what it is, unless, of course, MSNBC is trying to curry favor with President Obama. Chris, you should be on the White House payroll. You have done more public relations work for Barack Obama than the president’s campaign manager.
It was in February 2008 while covering the presidential primaries, that you made your most noted comment about Barack Obama: “I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.” Sorry to spoil the thrill going up your leg Chris, but the feeling many Americans get when they hear Barack Obama speak is nausea.
Chris, you are so blindly devoted to Barack Obama that you were willing to attack liberal icon, Hillary Clinton, after she won the New Hampshire primary in January, 2008. Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, you said of Senator Clinton: “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.” In other words, Hillary won her senatorial seat because the good citizens of New York felt sorry for her. Chris, I am no Hillary Clinton fan and will admit to having enjoyed watching the Matthews-Clinton dust-up of January 2008. But even I will admit that if sympathy for Hillary over the indiscretions of Bill Clinton were enough to get her elected to public office, she could have by-passed the senate and even the presidency. She could have been elected Queen.
Chris, your chauvinistic comment about Hillary Clinton was too much for even the most ardent liberals to swallow. Predictably, the response from women’s groups was swift and scathing. NBC received a joint letter of complaint from the National Organization for Women, Feminist Majority, and the National Women’s political caucus. In fact, the heat in the kitchen became so intense that you had to either get out or apologize. Not surprisingly, you opted for the apology.
Chris, a quick review of your record will validate my assertion that even fellow liberals have lost whatever respect they might have once had for you. Liberal blogger Glenn Greenwald once described you as “…the most vivid example of all that is wrong with political coverage. He’s endlessly obsessed with personality-based politics…” The watchdog group Media Matters for America—a self-proclaimed progressive organization—named you it “Misinformer of the Year” in 2005. Perhaps showing your true colors, you once commented on Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address with this revealing statement: “You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour.” Oops! Did you really say that, Chris? Could there be suppressed racial issues lurking below the surface of your pancake makeup? And this from a commentator known for labeling anyone—white or black—who disagrees with President Obama as a “racist.” Of course, you later apologized for your racial slip of the tongue about the president, just as you apologized to the National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority, the National Women’s Political Caucus, Hillary Clinton, and a long list of other victims of your speak-before-you-think approach to political commentary. In fact Chris, you have had to apologize so often, you should broadcast Hardball on your knees.
Chris, as unpopular as you are is in some liberal circles, you command even less respect from conservatives who see you as a blatantly biased, ill-informed, lightweight who should be sweeping the floors of NBC’s studios rather than hosting your own talk show. In December 2009, you described the United States Military Academy as “the enemy camp.” Not surprisingly, the backlash over this irresponsible, ill-considered statement was quick and unrelenting. And, of course, it led to yet another of your patented apologies.
Chris, in your latest ill-informed, poorly-thought-out, leftwing rant, you referred to conservatives who oppose illegal immigration as “right-wingers or idiots.” Well, which is it Chris? Are we right-wingers, idiots, or both? It’s not that I care what you think of conservatives—the term think is used loosely here. It’s just that I want to prepare myself for your next sniveling apology. Will it be for calling Americans who think laws should be obeyed and enforced “right-wingers” or for calling us “idiots.” Before answering this question, Chris, think back to what you said to Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe in November 2008. Commenting on Barack Obama’s presidency, you said: “I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work.” Scarborough asked if you thought that was really a journalist’s job. I will never forget your answer. You said: “Yeah, that’s my job. My job is to help this country.” Chris, if you really want to help our country find a new line of work.