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September 03, 2004

Hardly any Balls at all

I had always considered NBC/MSNBC host Chris Matthews to be a cut above other members of the prediminately left-wing press. He was a Democrat, and unlike many of his colleagues, he admitted it. He still seemed to go to reasonable lengths to ask tough questions to both sides, and make a decent attempt to put on a balanced front.

At the rate Chris Matthews is bending over for John Kerry, he will soon need chiropractic care.

On August 19th, conservative author/blogger Michelle Malkin is on MSNBC's Hardball show with Chris Matthews. She's there to pimp her book, "In Defense of Internment", which is a hard sell with most audiences. Before she gets the chance, she gets dragged into a discussion of the Swift Boat Vets and their book "Unfit for Command".

When Malkin mentions that the book raises a possibility that the shrapnel in Kerry's leg could be from a self-inflicted wound, Matthews flips his lid. He loses it.

MALKIN: Well, yes. Why dont people ask him more specific questions about the shrapnel in his leg. They are legitimate questions about whether or not it was a self-inflicted wound.

MATTHEWS: What do you mean by self-inflicted? Are you saying he shot himself on purpose? Is that what youre saying?

MALKIN: Did you read the book...

MATTHEWS: Im asking a simple question. Are you saying that he shot himself on purpose.

MALKIN: Im saying some of these soldiers...

MATTHEWS: And Im asking question.

MALKIN: And Im answering it.

MATTHEWS: Did he shoot himself on purpose.

MALKIN: Some of the soldiers have made allegations that these were self-inflicted wounds.

MATTHEWS: No one has ever accused him of shooting himself on purpose.

Matthews's narrow understanding of the term "self-inflicted wound" is the troublemaker here. He does not understand that a self-inflicted wound does not necessarily come from a person turning a gun on himself and firing. You could, for instance, fire a mortar round into a pile of rocks, and catch a piece of shrapnel in your arm. This would be a self-inflicted wound. Matthews does not understand this, or at least he pretends not to understand this. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.

Matthews thinks she's saying Kerry shot himself. He badgers and interrupts her numerous times, and she never gets to clarify. Matthews is a professional bully, and Malkin is clearly not a professional talk show guest. In a fit of righteous indignation, he boots her from the show before she can ever pimp her book.

He then talks about her to other guests as if she had made the "Kerry shooting himself" accusation, when the only one who said it was Matthews.

Fine. Incident over. Malkin got sympathy from the right, which gave her numerous other opportunities to push her book, including an almost unheard of interview on Rush Limbaugh's show, which has an enormous audience. Michelle took a beating, but she learned a lesson about political talk shows, and she made a few bucks.

Fast forward to September 1st. Zell Miller is on Hardball, fresh off his brutal convention speech. The interview is contentious, to say the least. While most people like the part where Miller challenges Matthews to a duel, another part caught my eye.

MILLER: Wait a minute. Dont pull that kind of stuff on me, like you did that young lady when you had her there, browbeating her to death. I am not her. I am not her.

MATTHEWS: Let me tell you, she was suggesting that John Kerry purposely shot himself to win a medal. And I was trying to correct the record.

I cut Matthews some slack the first time. Not here.

It had been almost two weeks since the Malkin interveiw. During that time, how many people explained the term "self-inflicted wound" to Matthews? If it was only a dozen, I'd be stunned. He no longer has the defense of ignorance on this issue. He's lying, flat-out.

It's disingenuine, and it's grossly unprofessional. Of course, why does professionalism matter? It's just MSNBC. I could probably take their entire viewership to Shakey's and still have money left for ice cream.

My respect for Matthews had never been overwhelming, but at least it existed. I wouldn't have expected him to whore himself out over a candidate as pitiful as Kerry.

Posted by at September 3, 2004 11:02 AM | TrackBack
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Couldn't agree with you more, Hrairoo.

Keep up the good work, love you posts

Posted by: Bob at September 3, 2004 12:58 PM

I'd also noticed the comment, and particularly caught the "young lady" bit.

It just struck me as a typical old-style Southern gentleman comment - and something that could easily be applied to any woman under 35.

Owd fassioned shivaree. :)

Posted by: B. Durbin at September 4, 2004 01:13 AM
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