This display by Chris Matthews and his gushy, gooey love fest over the Palin/Bachmann rally is, well should I say not ethical, moral or professional?
There are reports that David Shuster taped a pilot for a new CNN program
It appears Shuster may be in the MSNBC doghouse again after reports he shot a CNN pilot recently, which apparently happened without his MSNBC bosses knowing.
On Friday Shuster didn’t host his 3:00 show, but did host the 10am show, highlighting that this story does have some legs. Today we find out Shuster won’t be hosting either show:
MSNBC bad boy David Shuster may be on his third strike.
Shuster won't be on the air today for his 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. shows, according to MSNBC insiders. Whether he returns before his contract expires in December is up for debate.
Shuster's last appearance was at 10 a.m. Friday. MSNBC boss Phil Griffin pulled him from his 3 p.m. gig after learning, via The New York Observer, that the anchor had recently shot a pilot for CNN without having informed his bosses.
And as the article reminds us, Shuster has been a constant scapegoat for MSNBC:
In February 2008, Shuster was suspended for two weeks and forced to apologize after a tasteless on-air crack about Chelsea Clinton's presidential politicking for her mother, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton.
For those who might be interested - and you have every reason not to be - I am no longer with MSNBC. Three months short of my current contract I sent the following to the boss, Phil Griffin: "Phil, Just wanted to give you the heads up that my situation with MSNBC has become so unrewarding for me that I've decided to move on. -- Craig"
Short, sweet and to the point. But it doesn’t stop there. Mediaite, the site ran by former MSNBC host Dan Abrams, got even more info out of Crawford:
But he really expanded on the reasoning in the comments:
i simply could not any longer endure being a cartoon player for lefty games, just gotta move on to higher ground even if there’s no oxygen
i have never and never will forgive Chris for calling me a racist after the West Virginia primary (the last time I will ever go on air with him). Probably should have resigned then and there, but better late than never.
We asked Crawford what he was referring to regarding Chris Matthews, and to expand on why he left the network. He responded by email:
I haven’t felt like a good fit for MSNBC since the presidential campaign, and the hard turn toward point-of-view programming. No particular event brought this on, just my desire to try other outlets and have more fun. As far as Chris is concerned, on Morning Joe after the West Virginia primary he accused me of always defending Clinton and what he claimed to be her racially motivated campaigning. That’s the problem. Trying to be fair became seen as bias in the new thinking over there. But I do wish my many pals at MSNBC nothing but good things.
Chris Matthews just said that he “forgot he (Obama) was a black man for an hour tonight”. WTF does that mean?
Again – MSNBC must fire this idiot. He is way past his time.
Chris Matthews proved again tonight that he in no way should have the job he does. First off he gets into with Alan Grayson, who is supporting the plan for the House to pass the Senate bill and then “patch” it through reconciliation. Matthews accuses Grayson of not being from the “real world” and instead being part of the Netroots.
This is some netroots plan? This is the exact plan that Nancy Pelosi was pushing Wednesday morning and even David Shuster talked about it.
Also tonight Matthews appeared oblivious to what the Supreme Court decision on campaign financing meant. He kept saying it means that corporations could give unlimited amounts of money to candidates, which is false. It means that corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money for a candidate, such as in advertising.
It’s far past time for MSNBC to bring in some new talent and get rid of Matthews. His time is long past gone. The guy doesn’t even understand the basics of our system. He has also become impossible to watch. He doesn’t interview or even try to debate. Instead he just rambles on and on, hardly ever letting his guests talk. The guy is a total waste of two hours a night.
There has been a lot of focus on the Massachusetts Senate race to replace the late Ted Kennedy and some are trying to paint it as a repudiation of President Obama and health care reform. One of the key findings in the new PPP poll released last night was that those planning on voting oppose the health care bill 48% to 40%.
This morning on Morning Joe, Chris Matthews brought up a really interesting point about this. He said that maybe the people of Massachusetts feel like they are getting a double punch by health care reform. They already have their own reform in the state, which they pay for through taxes, so having a federal system to them would end up leaving them feeling they are paying for others. There really could be a lot of truth for this.
So is the opposition to health care and the reason Brown is doing so well in Massachusetts because they already have their own reform? I’m sure not all people of the state feel or believe this, but there is a really good chance that enough of them do to propel Brown ahead and maybe even deliver him to the Senate. If that’s the case it will be a crappy deal for the rest of America.
Chris Matthews shows his infinite wisdom yet again:
"And I think we have got to get serious about catching terrorists, not just catching weapons. I‘m waiting for the terrorist who knows kung fu or something that gets on an airplane without a weapon. God knows what that is going to be like."
Welcome to the age of the Steven Seagal/Jean-Claude Van Damme super morphed terrorist! You know – a man who can single handedly take down an entire plan full of passengers with nothing but hand to hand combat.
In other words – Chris Matthews, what a twit!
Chris Matthews just said people who don’t like this crap health care bill are not real Democrats – they are netroots. He then went on to accuse us of not voting our whole lives or doing anything for the party.
Fuck you, you fat pompous ass hole.
I have spent the last 22 years of my life involved in politics. I have always voted. I have gone and busted my ass for countless elections and held party positions. How dare you accuse me of not being a real Democrat.
Do you really think that it is easy for me to oppose this bill? Do you think I’m doing it for fucking money or something? This blog makes less than $100 a year.
You have no right to sit there and accuse me, or any other Democrat going through the pain of watching something we wanted all our lives go down the toilet of not being real Democrats.
And forget about me. What about Howard Dean? This guy was a governor, presidential candidate and chairman of the DNC. You’re saying he isn’t a real Democrat?
No apology will be accepted this time. You have gotten off with saying outrageous things like this too many times and then just going “oops” the next day. It’s past time for MSNBC to show you the same fate as the old horse that just got done running his last race.
Last night Chris Matthews referred to the former veep as a “troll”. I will give tweety credit on this line, as it was funny, as compared to his comparison of West Point as the “enemy camp”
And so I present us with the official Dick Cheney troll doll:
Tonight in his post speech analysis, Chris Matthews declared Obama "went to maybe the enemy camp tonight" at West Point. The reactions to this senseless comment have been very strong. The left and right have been tweeting up a storm about it and Matthews better retract that statement or face certain outrage from not only the political junkies, but also the military.
I absolutely love Family Guy. It’s by far one of my all time favorites. Last night they really had some fun with Chris Matthews, and Matthews apparently enjoyed it since he did his own voice in this segment:
As Bob points out, it’s because the people in the media are:
It's no wonder why people are confused about this stuff. When the so-called very serious "experts" have no flipping clue what they're talking about, it makes it very difficult for their viewers to get it. And it's not like Mr. Five Million Dollar Annual Salary can't afford a staffer to print out the Wikipedia entry for single-payer.
Bob is talking about Chris Matthews, who apparently doesn’t know the difference between single payer and the public option. I have trouble believing Matthews doesn’t actually know the difference. I have a sneaking suspicion that there is something more to it.
If Ari Fleischer is the best person the right can put out to defend themselves, then they might as well give up now. Here is Chris Matthews making Ari look like a bigger fool than he already is.
Yesterday on Hardball, Dick Armey goes into a sexist tirade against Salon editor Joan Walsh:
Will Chris Matthews continue inviting Armey on his show after this? I think Tweety should really consider this, considering Tweety’s own sexist problems of the past.
Chris Matthews just can’t help himself when it comes to some good old Hillary bashing:
An avowed Clinton lover who was sitting next to Matthews reports: "He was in business class wearing a red baseball hat that said Penn on the back, and the fat [bleep] fell asleep on the train and snored with his mouth open."
During the ride to DC, Matthews awoke from his nap. A fellow passenger asked him, "What's the news tomorrow?" - to which Matthews loudly started talking about President-elect Barack Obama possibly picking Hillary as his secretary of state.
"I don't understand it," Matthews bellowed. "Why would he pick her? I thought we were done with the Clintons. She'll just use it to build her power base. It's Machiavellian. And then we'll have Bill Clinton, too. I thought Obama didn't want drama. He's already got [chief of staff Rahm] Emanuel and [transition team leader John] Podesta. He'll have even more drama with her.</p>
"She's just a soap opera. If he doesn't pick her, everyone will say she's been dissed again, we'll have to live through that again."
At the beginning of this year, old Chris ended up having to do an on air apology to Hillary for bashing her. Maybe it’s time for an intervention.