Wednesday, January 9, 2008

"The Tweety Effect"

Christy Hardin Smith transcribed the spew coming from Chris Matthews' mouth on Morning Joe this morning:

Mika Brzezinski: Do you think...that there was a turn at the last minute for some voters, given the really sharp twist in the media in terms of how they went negative...

Chris Matthews: It's not in the polling. I'm just saying, it's not in the polling data.

Brzezinski: I know, that's my point. Because people went to the polls throughout the day, and maybe changed their minds, and maybe were turned off by by what they saw. By these nasty headlines.

Matthews: Well, I don't know if they all read the NYPost.

Brzezinski: In taking after her for crying.

Matthews: I think the Hillary appeal has always been about the mix of toughness and sympathy. Let's not forget, and I'll be brutal, the reason she's a US Senator, the reason she's a candidate for President, the reason she may be a front runner, is that her husband messed around.

Brzezinski: Yeah, but...

Matthews: That's how she got to be a Senator from New York. We keep forgetting it. She didn't win it on her merit, she won because everybody felt, "My God, this woman stood up under humiliation," right? That's what happened. That's how it happened. In 1998, she went to NY and campaigned for Chuck Schumer as almost like the grieving widow of absurdity, and she did it so well and courageously. But it was about the humilation of Bill Clinton.

Brzezinski: Um...NO, okay? Well, you could take it a step back, and say that SHE put Bill Clinton where he is and then he messed around and she was humiliated and people felt sorry for her. And she does have more to her than being a victim. She does have more to her. [Mika smacks him on the arm.]

Matthews: Ow. I agree. You hit me? Hit him. [pointing to Scarborough, who cannot get to the commercial break fast enough...] (emphasis mine)

Later on I'll post contact information for MSNBC and NBC News.


skippy said...

we need to start a letter writing campaign to dan abrams, calling his attention with details to this egregious behavior.

Catherine said...

I have no real idea who this guy is (I'm not American) but I'm shocked at the kinds of things he's saying here.

Eugh. Okay, black people have been generally more persecuted than women and I'm not disputing that, but I still think people are more willing to call out people for being racist than being misogynistic. The fact that Matthews can continue with this kind of shit makes me very uneasy...

Joshua said...

Wow. I always knew Chris Matthews was a douchebag, but I didn't realise he was this big a douchebag. I have lived in blissful ignorance for many a year, but the scales have fallen from my eyes.

Honestly, I didn't think I could hate him any more than I already did. Clearly, I thought wrong.

CB said...

In my cable tv market, I have a choice... watch Lou Dobbs babble about immigration ("Brown People! Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid!") or Chris Matthews. I ususally choose Tweety, because he sometimes has interesting panels on his show that actually discuss the news with intelligence.

Lately, though, I've been tempted to turn the tv off and step away from the bile. My S.O. says he'd rather watch Tweety take a shower than listen to Lou Dobbs, but that he'd much rather play a few games of Solitaire than watch Tweety foam at the mouth about Hillary.

I've already written to MSNBC about Tucker. Today, I write to them about Chris Matthews. He is not an impartial observer anymore, if he ever was. His vitriol is disgusting. He is becoming as bad as Bill O'Reilly, and that's saying something.