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Chris Matthews vs Zell Miller – Flashback (Video)

I am still upset about the election coverage of MSNBC, and it brought to my mind this encounter of Zell Miller with Chris Matthews.  The same Chris Matthews who browbeat Michele Bachmann and Marsha Blackburn Tuesday night.  I added this to the post about the coverage, but I thought it was worth a separate post here.  Mr. Miller is what I would call a southern gentleman, something Chris Matthews knows nothing about.  Enjoy.

Posted:  11.05.10


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Dan Rather puts his foot squarely in his mouth

Wow.  Didn’t somebody get fired for a joke about watermelons recently?  Good thing Mr. Rather is a liberal, huh?  Chris Mathews tried to save him by talking over him, but he was not quick enough.

This video is sure to disappear.  But aside from that, the meaning of what he said is revealing.  He just doesn’t think Obama has done a very good job.

Full quote:

Chris Matthews: “Nancy Pelosi will have her greatest triumph?”

Rather:  “When you talk about a triumph though, part of the undertow in the coming election is going to be President Obama’s leadership and the Republicans are making a case, a lot of independents will buy this argument, listen he just hasn’t been…look at the health care bill, it was his number one priority, it took him forever to get it through and he had to compromise it to death and a version of …listen, he’s a nice person, he’s very articulate, this was going to be used against him but he couldn’t sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.”

See Left Coast Rebel for the story as it unfolded.

Posted:  03.08.10


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Chris Matthews takes up health care, Glenn Beck, Birthers (Update)

I’m watching FOX MSNBC so you don’t have to.

I caught a segment of Chris Matthews Hardball today (7.29.09).  Not quite as blatantly insulting as some previous shows, but they just could not resist playing the race card as they were accusing Glenn Beck of playing the race card.

We have Chris Matthews, a lady from the Washington Post, and a man from Politico.  They both seemed to be on the same side, and this time, in some points, Matthews was asking some real questions.

This is paraphrasing:

Chris says stay tuned, there will be something on Glen Beck and the Birthers.  Something about the politics of personal destruction (funny) by the republicans and “will this hurt the republicans?”  Reference to the “president’s enemies.”

The first topic was health care and from AARP person asking:  Is there something in the bill that send somebody out to counsel the elderly about how they wish to die?  This question was posed to the president by phone, and she asked him to promise her this was not in the bill.

President Obama said something to the effect, You know, I guarantee you first of all that we don’t have enough government workers to send to everybody.  But that there was something – and he thinks it’s a good thing – that makes it easier to fill out a living will.

Then a clip of Virginia Foxx  (R/NC)  on the floor of the House making a statement about an alternative bill that is “pro-life and it will not put our seniors to death by their government.”  Not the exact words, now, but pretty close.  I’m sure there’s a video of it.

Somebody said, maybe there’s a provision in there which allows you to get counseling.

Chris:  What the hell is that doing in the bill?  Why be visited every five years?

WaPo woman: It’s just an extention of something from the Bush administration.  (Funny – Back to Bush, it’s all his fault.)

Chris:  This is about health care, why have this conversation with them?  It offers fodder for the republicans to find something to kill the bill.

Something about living wills.   (Which they already do when you go into the hospital.)

(I’m just wondering how HIPA plays into this with computerized records?)

Now to Glenn Beck…..

Beck says the president has some deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture, I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people, he has a problem – is a racist. (paraphrasing)

Woman from WaPo:  Why are we talking about this guy?   He comes from the same hateful school of punditry as Ann Coulter.

Chris:  Because more people are watching him than read the Washington Post.  (Funny)

See New Daily News for back story.

Now to the Birthers:

Chris:  The republican right, the far right, questions the birth implying “this guy’s not one of us.”

The far right – something about racial overtones, trying to give themselves some degree of assurance that this country did not elect an African American.’

Chris:  Of course it’s about race.  It’s not about documentation but pigmentation.  The republicans should cut loose the caboose, cut it loose.

(Well, there you go.  And I thought it was about producing or failing to produce a birth certificate.  Silly me.  Of course, the “caboose” is full of American citizens who could probably come up with a birth certificate without too much difficulty.  Matter of fact, if one of them wants to, say, get a passport or apply for Social Security, that’s exactly what they would have to do.  Don’t think it would work to tell the federal government that you put it on the internet — just Google it.)

[Comments in parenthesis are mine.]

UPDATE: RBO has a great post bringing this whole thing together with videos, names of the guests on Hardball mentioned above and showing the role of Media Matters in the thinly veiled connections between MM and MSNBC. For whatever reason, when a person is targeted or an issue is targeted for “destruction,” they all act together, in concert. And it appear that the Washington Post and Politico are in the loop.  No blow is too low.  Once you catch on to how it works, it’s easy as pie to see. I haven’t even read MM lately, but I know from what I have seen on MSNBC that the current target(s) are the Birthers, Glenn Beck, the tea baggers, probably Lou Dobbs, and always the republicans. See the post here.

P. S. Well, calling the president a racist? Perhaps Beck could have calibrated his words a little differently.  But he says that whether he has a radio show or not or whether he has a tv show or not, they will not shut him up. Speak on, Glenn.  “Fan them flames.”

Does anybody remember the vile things Bush was called?  Ever watch Keith Olbermann?  Especially during the Bush years.  So here we have MSNBC getting all upset over Lou Dobbs or Glenn Beck?  You can’t make it up.

On Morning Joe in their Beck Bash, Jonathan Capehart (Washington Post again) said how could he (the president) possibly be a racist, he’s half white, for goodness sake.  Wait a minute.  Wouldn’t that make him a racist for a certainty with that white blood and all?  🙂  Didn’t Gates call Sgt. Crowley a racist?  And Gates gets a documentary out of it.  Double standard?  Nah.

But then I’m just a typical white person clinging to my guns and bible and it’s really hard for me to keep from acting stupidly.

Posted:  07.29.09 Updated: 07.30.09 @ 2:05.

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Newsweek’s Evan Thomas: Obama’s “sort of God”

Part of a conversation between Chris Matthews and Evan Thomas on Friday:

Newsweek editor Evan Thomas brought adulation over President Obama’s Cairo speech to a whole new level on Friday, declaring on MSNBC: “I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God.”


Now there’s a pair, Evan Thomas and Chris Matthews!

See the rest of this “Worship” and a video Here.

Posted: 06.08.09


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Chris Matthews tries to explain his “Oh, God” remark

Sometimes it takes me a few days to absorb something and this is one of those times.  I’m talking about Chris Matthews, MSNBC, and his muttering before an open mic on national tv “Oh, God,” as Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana approached the podium to give the republican response to President Obama’s address the other night.  “Oh, God.”  Reminds me of that 70’s movie.

Okay.  So he expressed himself.  We all know how he feels.  But what makes it beyond offensive is his absolutely unbelievable explanation the next evening.  He made the following statement to excuse his mistake:

“I was taken aback by that peculiar stagecraft, the walking from somewhere in the back of this narrow hall, the winding staircase looming there, the odd antebellum look of the scene,” Matthews said in a script for his “Hardball” show on Wednesday. “Was this some mimicking of a president walking along the state floor to the East Room?”

What is so odd or peculiar?  So Chrissy insults the Governor of Louisiana,(before he says a single word, by the way, so it has to be explained by something visual) and then he tries to justify it by smarting off about southern architecture and I believe the south in general.  I don’t know where Jindal was when he gave the speech, but maybe the “peculiar stagecraft” was the Governor’s mansion (below).  Do you think?


Here’s another nice example of an antebellum structure in New Orleans:

antebellumThis  Greek Revival masterpiece built in 1857 is clearly one of the most celebrated and opulent of the unique raised cottages of New Orleans – a city that boasts of more properties and Historic Districts on the National Register than any other.

So Matthews insults the governor of Louisiana, (the first Indian-American elected governor in U. S. history)and he has also insulted the governor of Alaska, a woman, of course. Don’t forget he had some very demeaning remarks to make about Hillary Clinton, too.

But, hey, he’s on MSNBC and what more do you expect?

Posted:  02.28.09


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