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  •  My "open letter" to Mr. Matthews (none)
    Right on, Congresswoman Slaughter!  

    I believe Mr. Matthews has a right to his opinion, just like Michael Moore does.  But it's become appallingly clear over the past few years that Mr. Matthews' "opinions" are slightly embellished "talking points" from the administration PR playbook.  And from him, it's a disappointment.  But what's frightening is the thought that, "journalist" by journalist; pundit by pundit...every day, more former news outlets will be getting those talking points as "marching orders" from whom? Their bosses?  Their corporate owners?  "King" George and his men?

    Kossacks call him "Tweety" but I remember a different Chris Matthews, which makes this all the more disappointing to me.

    I inclded my real name and a link to my website; which I won't do here, but here's the text of my open letter - I'm sending a copy to MSNBC as well:

    Dear Mr. Matthews,

    You and I met several years ago, right about the time you were about to take off as a superstar on cable news. You had just written an outstanding book, Kennedy and Nixon, and my business partners and I were working hard to turn it into a documentary. Unfortunately, we failed.

    The one occasion I met with you in person, I was very impressed. You had a quick, sharp mind, an admirable grasp of history and politics, and were then presenting yourself as a centrist "voice of reason." I began watching HARDBALL occasionally, and your obvious talent made me even more disappointed we couldn't make the book project happen.

    Sir, what the hell happened to you?

    From a centrist "voice of reason," you have fallen to the bottom of the barrel as a Bush administration apologist/mouthpiece. From a thinker with a quick wit and sharp tongue, you've morphed into a softball-tossing sycophant. All your knowledge of history... all your insight into politics...seem to have vanished as your profile as a pundit/commentator/moderator has grown.

    My observation of you as a person is that you are someone with a high level of energy who moves quickly through life. Perhaps that's what has kept you from stopping during these past five, six years to look in the mirror and study what you have done to yourself and your integrity. You are an intelligent man and you must know you are telling LIES. You must know that you are reading cliff notes from a playbook and using your natural wit to embellish them.

    Perhaps what you don't realize - or refuse to aknowledge - is how much you are hurting America. How much you are continuing to divide us. How you are helping the perpetrators one of the worst crimes against the American People to continue to manipulate the truth to reach their goals of ultimate power and control over what used to be the greatest democracy the world has ever known.

    Why did you do it, Chris? Did they offer you obscene amounts of money? Did the flattery and fame go to your head? Did they subtley threaten you with loss of your hard-won job...or did they have "something" on you?

    Or did you simply just wake up one day and decide, "The hell with my soul, my integrity, my self respect. I'm going for the gold."?

    At any rate, I turn on your show and I don't recognize that whip-smart, savvy, thoughtful man who authored such a fascinating book.

    I see a bought and paid for television whore.

    May God forgive you.

    My real name

    "There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice." - Montesquieu, 1742

    by hopesprings on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 09:03:16 AM PST

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